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Zinc Pca



If you have oily, acne-prone skin, Zinc PCA is one of the actives to put on your "TO TRY" list.

It's a synergistic association of two great things: Zinc and L-PCA. The Zinc part is there to help normalize sebum production and limit the proliferation of evil acne-causing bacteria. L-PCA stands for pyrrolidone carboxylic acid and it's a key molecule in the skin that helps with processes of hydration and energy (it's actually an NMF, a natural moisturizing factor).

L-PCA is not only there to hydrate the skin, but it also helps to increase the efficacy and bioavailability of zinc. An in-vivo (done on real people) test done by the manufacturer shows that Zinc PCA reduces sebum production statistically significantly after 28 days of application (1% was used in the test), and in-vitro (made in the lab) measurements show that Zinc PCA has strong anti-microbial activity against P. acnes (between 0.1-0.25%) and other bacterial strains.

If that would not be enough there is also a 2011 research paper saying that based on in-vitro (made in the lab, not on real people)  findings Zinc PCA might be a promising anti-aging active that helps with the production of type I collagen (and we all know more collagen = firmer skin). 

All in all, definitely a goodie for oily, acne-prone skin

Show me some proof

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 11 August 2011, Zinc l-pyrrolidone carboxylate inhibits the UVA-induced production of matrix metalloproteinase-1 by in vitro cultured skin fibroblasts, whereas it enhances their collagen synthesis

Products with Zinc Pca

Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder Biologique Recherche Serum Complexe Iribiol CULLUN Tropical Bio-Toning Essence Dr. Barbara Stürm Clarifying Serum KYPRIS BEAUTY Clearing Serum Revolution Blemish And Pore Refining Serum (10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc) Revolution Skincare Extra 15% Niacinamide Serum The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Derma Natufian Niacinamide Serum Geek & Gorgeous B-Bomb 10% Niacinamide Serum Glossier Super Pure Simple Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper Cos De BAHA Niacinamide 10 Serum DDC Dr Demis x Cinnamongal Skin Booster Serum Good virtues co. Acne Control Facial Cleanser Maelove Nia 10 Calming Serum Q+A Zinc Pca Facial Serum Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid VERSO SKINCARE Blemish Fix Alcina Skin Manager Aha Derma Essentia Oil Free Foaming Face Cleanser Ecooking Acne Serum Filorga Anti-Ageing Micellar Cleansing Solution Pai Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum Skin Actives Zit Ender Susanne Kaufmann Tonic Clarifying Zarqa Puistjes Aanstiplotion Clear Skin doa kozmetik Yağlı Ciltler Nemlendirici Serum eve lom Radiance Face Mist lavera Anti-Pickel Gel Bio-Minze La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Nip+Fab Teen Skin Fix Zero Shine Moisturiser elf Matte Oil Control Mask Inkey list Salicylic Cleanser La Roche-Posay Kerium Ds Cream Organic Shop Organic Aloe & Bamboo Face Gel Mask SO’BiO étic Hydra Aloe Vera Eau Micellaire Purifiante Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser Tula Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel Zelens Provitamin D Fortifying Facial Mist Balea Hautrein Maske Anti-Pickel Peel-Off Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic For Men La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Cleansing Cream REPLENIX Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum Atopalm Real Barrier Control-T Toner Nip+Fab Oil Control Fixing Mist Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask