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Can Flaxseed Oil Cure Acne?
Can flaxseed oil cure acne? Some people who’ve taken flax oils have reported experiencing softer, healthier-looking skin with less acne. However, it may not work for all types of acne and in some individuals the oil could make acne worse.
Research shows flax contains the omega 3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid, as well as fiber and plant estrogens. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. The fiber helps lower cholesterol and plant estrogens may affect hormonal levels.
There is limited scientific studies on using these plant oils to treat acne, however, there is proven research on the anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids and their effects on skin health.
Studies show Omega 3 Fatty Acids may Reduce Inflammation in Acne
- A recent study in the 2010 July issue of Clinics of Dermatology reports that the fatty acids alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) can help maintain the integrity of your skin barrier, prohibit inflammation, reduce the risk for sunburn and promote wound healing.
- Researchers also claim that alpha linolenic acid could be an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis and acne vulgaris. Public health studies have shown that people who ate diets high in omega 3 fatty acids had lower rates of acne compared to people eating diets containing high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids.
A study published in the 2008 British Journal of Dermatology looked at a group of 1000 teenagers from North Carolina. The researchers found that teenagers who had the highest intake of fish and seafood (sources of omega 3 fatty acids) showed the lowest signs of acne, oily skin, acne cysts and pustules.
How Flaxseed Oil can Treat Acne
If you’re looking for personal reviews on using flaxseed oils for acne, visit Acne.org.. This web site was created by Dan Kern, a long time acne sufferer.
Acne.org contains information on different acne treatments and their effectiveness. The product review section called Flaxseed Oil Reviews has opinions and experiences of people who’ve tried flaxseed oil for acne.
Here’s what some people experience using flaxseed oil for acne:
- The most effective flaxseed oil dosage for acne appears to be 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.
- Liquid flaxseed oils seemed to give better results than capsules and results appeared within 1 – 2 weeks of daily usage. Individual results also appeared to depend on the overall dosage of flaxseed oil per day.
The majority of users experienced the following results:
- Better skin tone
- Less breakouts
- Reduced redness and puffiness
- Healthier-looking skin
Taking flaxseed oil for acne appears to be a safe and effective treatment, but it may not be effective for all skin types. Your overall results will depend on the severity of your skin condition and duration of treatment.
It appears that some people with cystic acne and severely clogged pores may not achieve the same results as someone with less severe skin conditions. People who have sub-optimal levels of omega 3 fatty acids may benefit more than people with normal levels. The key to effective skin care is finding the appropriate treatment that balances and nourishes your skin so it can heal effectively.
Your diet and lifestyle may also affect your skin’s health. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques can reduce stress levels. Drinking plenty of fresh water and including fruits and vegetables in your diet ensure your body receives the nutrients it needs to grow and repair itself.
Here’s a list of Amazon.com’s Most Popular Acne Treatments that you may find helpful for your individual skin care needs.
Healing fats of the skin: the structural and immunologic roles of the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Clinics in Dermatology. 2010 Jul-Aug;28(4):440-51.
Acne vulgaris, mental health and omega-3 fatty acids: a report of cases. Lipids in Health and Disease. 2008 Oct 13;7:36.
Linoleic and linolenic acids and acne vulgaris. British Journal of Dermatology 2008, 158:201-2.
Adolescent acne and dietary iodine. Archives of Dermatology. 1961 Dec;84:898-911.