Using Omega 3 for acne relief.

Have you heard of the benefits of fish oil? Acne is one of the conditions that can respond to increase of the Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil. If you have acne it would pay you to investigate the link between fish oil and acne relief.

If you have acne you’ve probably heard that fat is both bad for your acne and bad for your health. This isn’t exactly correct. In fact there are some fats that are both good for your health and good for your acne. These are polyunsaturated fats known as essential fatty acids (EFAs).

The 2 most important of these are called DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA(Eicosapentaenoic acid). Both of these are important to your body health however DHA is the most important of all. Both DHA and EPA areĀ  Omega 3 essential fatty acids and both are found primarily in fish.

So why would you use fish oil for acne relief? There is a clear Omega 3 acne link. Omega 3 polyunsaturated fats have several properties which are beneficial in the treatment of acne. The first of these is that using fish oil for acne treatments is a good way to reduce inflammation in your skin. Acne is a skin inflammation reaction to an excess of sebum in your skin and therefore any treatment that helps reduce inflammation will also assist in the reduction of acne.Fish Oil and Acne

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been shown to be very effective at reducing inflammation. This is why, for example, fish oil is so useful in the treatment of arthritis, an inflammatory condition. In fact studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements to reduce inflammation can be more effective than taking aspirin. And of course it doesn’t have a negative side effects of aspirin has other positive health benefits, example a reduction in the risk of heart disease.

It’s quite clear that any treatments that reduce inflammation in our body will also help reduce inflammation in our skin and this is good not only for those suffering from acne but also to those looking to improve their skin health overall. We have written elsewhere about the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids for good skin health and this includes using fish oil for acne reduction. Read our article about fish oil and skin health.

There is another reason for the acne sufferer to start taking daily fish oil. Acne responds to fish oil for a second reason. On our skin there is a bacteria that thrives on sebum. Particularly in teenagers and as sebum production increases this bacteria, (Propionibacterium acnes), inhabits the follicles in our skin too much greater degree because of the amount of sebum present there. This increases the body’s reaction by increasing white blood cells to the area and this is one of the causes of the inflammation we have previously mentioned.

Enter Omega 3. Acne sufferers can benefit from a reduction in the amount of bacteria present and Omega 3 fats are very good anti bacterials.

So for 2 reasons using fish oil for acne relief works. However it is fair to say that for the the acne sufferer simply taking daily fish oil supplements will help control their acne but will not be a complete solution. They will also need to consider other treatments in serious cases. Read the rest of this entry

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