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Zinc PCA

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Zinc PCA
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Size: 10 Milliliters

Price: $5.50      In Stock
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Skin Type Combination     Dry Skin     Normal Skin     Oily Skin    
Sex Male     Female    
Age Babies/Children     Adolescent     20s/30s     40s/50s     60+    
Body Part Body     Face    
Need/Issue Acne     Inflammation    
Solubility Recipe Cream     Recipe Liquid (Water)    
Product Style Do It Yourself    
Ingredient Type Suspension    

The mechanism of action of Zinc may still be a matter of discussion, but there seems to be an agreement that salts of this metal decrease inflammation caused by acne.

L-pyroglutamate is a derivative of glutamic acid (an amino acid) is very hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs large quantities of water. A relatively simple molecule, it is naturally produced by our bodies and one of the components of "natural moisturizing factor", which our skin produces to slow down water loss to the environment.

Sodium PCA is used as a moisturizer in skin care, and as a hair conditioner (we sell it at SAS and also use it in several serums). Zinc-PCA offers the benefits of PCA and those of the zinc and, maybe, something more. For example, zinc PCA (but not zinc alone) seems to decrease sebum secretion by oily skin. 

We sell Zinc PCA as a 10% aqueous solution (Water, Zinc PCA (10%), and propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben and propylparaben).

Thanks to our clients who suggested we start selling zinc as an active. We chose to the zinc salt of L-pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (L-PCA), a.k.a. Zinc PCA.

The mechanism of action of Zinc may still be a matter of discussion, but there seems to be an agreement that salts of this metal decrease inflammation caused by acne, maybe throughinhibition of the enzyme that catalyses the production of dihydroxytestosterone, a hormone that controls sebaceous gland activity.  Zinc is also an antibacterial, and its salts are used to control dandruff.

Antibiotics can be useful in the treatment of acne, but in some circumstances antibiotics may not be an option, plus it is a bad idea to use them for long periods of time. Our clients suggested that Zinc could be a good addition to our SAS acne treatment regime, which includes SAS acne cream, T-zone serum and salicylic wash. 

We decided to offer zinc as zinc PCA.  Zinc PCA may offer additional benefits to the skin. L-pyroglutamate, a derivative of glutamic acid (an amino acid) is very hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs large quantities of water. A relatively simple molecule, it is naturally produced by our bodies and is one of the components of "natural moisturizing factor", which our skin produces to slow down water loss to the environment.

Sodium PCA is used as a moisturizer in skin care, and as a hair conditioner. We sell it and also use it in manay of our serums. Zinc-PCA offers the benefits of PCA and those of the zinc and, maybe, something more. For example, zinc PCA (but not zinc alone) seems to decrease sebum secretion by oily skin.

Each tube is enough for 4 fluid ounces (120 ml) of serum. We recommend that this product not be used in creams but it can be added to our T-zone serum, our seakelp bioferment, or our salicylic wash. It can also be added to your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

Jarrousse, V.; Castex-Rizzi, N.; Khammari, A.; Charveron, M.; Dreno, B.  (2007)  Zinc salts inhibit in vitro toll-like receptor 2 surface expression by keratinocytes   European Journal of Dermatology 17:  492-496.

Nitzan, Yuval Bibi; Cohen, Arnon D. (2006) Zinc in skin pathology and care.  Journal of Dermatological Treatment  (2006),  17(4),  205-210.   

Water, Zinc PCA (10%), and propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben and propylparaben.

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  • Author: Ofelia
    Zinc is excellent for acne & oily skin. Calms & normalizes oil production for those of us who are shiny all the time & have trouble keeping a matte complexion. Zinc in other skincare brands has always worked great with regard to sebum. Thanks for offering it to add to products that don't contain it for those of us who need it!