Zinc is a powerful antimicrobial agent that combats many forms of mildew, bacteria, fungi, and algae. For that reason, zinc is used in bath mats, shower curtains, sponges, and other products that are exposed to frequent moisture and are prone to mold and mildew growth.
Zinc pyrithione is the specific form of zinc used in these applications and for many others, as it is consistent in its affects on microorganisms. Many antibiotics lose their ability, over time, to kill certain microorganisms, because the microorganisms that survive the attack are able to adapt and reproduce to develop a resistance to the antibiotic. But with zinc, the toxicity to the microorganisms remains in full force, time after time.
Fungus is a common cause for dandruff, as is bacteria, both of which can be killed by zinc. Zinc helps reduce oil secretion and also slows the production of skin cells, processes that play a role in the production of dandruff. Pyrithione zinc is thus a common ingredient in dandruff shampoos. Regulated by the FDA, it is also often found in soaps, lotions, and creams of various types. It can not only serve a purpose in treating the skin, but also helps prevent growth of microorganisms in the jar or bottle of product itself.
Pyrithione zinc is effective in preventing growth of microorganisms on a variety of surfaces. It halts the progress of the microorganism’s cell respiration, preventing cell growth. This means that microorganisms cannot attach and colonize anywhere pyrithione zinc is applied.
Using this exceptional mineral in products for the face, body, and scalp is a great way to use nature’s defenses against harmful microorganisms. Instead of chemicals and artificial antimicrobial agents, which have been demonstrated to increase microorganism resistance to treatment, zinc is a consistent fail-safe method for combating the little bugs that aggravate the skin.