Serum zinc in acne vulgaris

Int J Dermatol. 1982 Oct;21(8):481-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4362.1982.tb03188.x.


Serum zinc levels in acne patients and in matched healthy controls of both sexes and within the same age group (16-20 years age) were estimated. Women, whether diseased or healthy, have shown a significantly lower mean serum zinc level than the corresponding men. In advanced grades of acne, both men and women have a significantly lower level than the corresponding control groups. Within the same sex group, those with advanced grades have revealed a significantly lower level than those with slight grades.

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / blood*
  • Acne Vulgaris / etiology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Vitamin A / physiology
  • Zinc / blood*
  • Zinc / deficiency
  • Zinc / physiology


  • Vitamin A
  • Zinc