Zinc deficiency has been linked to eczema in ongoing research. While zinc creams and appointments may help soothe skin and reduce itching, they are not a first-choice treatment option for atopic dermatitis. If confirmed through continued research, it would provide a much-needed treatment option for one of the most common skin issues impacting patients around the world.
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•Zinc is a trace mineral that the human body needs to perform essential functions, such as healing wounds.
• Zinc oxide has strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties that could help heal the skin of people with eczema.
• Some research has linked eczema to zinc deficiency, though it is not clear if this is cause or effect.
• Zinc creams and ointments may help soothe skin and reduce itching, though they are not a first-line treatment for eczema.
• A person can use zinc oxide creams and ointments to apply directly to the skin, but more research is needed to confirm its efficacy.