Omega 3 for Acne
Skin breakouts can make setting out each morning a nerve-wracking experience. Whether you suffer from mild acne or a case of severe acne, trying to keep breakouts to a minimum and disguising your acne can be stressful and discouraging. However many people with severe acne are finding relief from breakouts with the addition and use of Omega 3 supplements and products.
Korean researchers conducted a study with their findings published in February 2014. The study looked at Omega 3 supplementation to help treat acne.
The study showed improvement in 42 percent of those with inflammatory acne after just 10 weeks of taking Omega 3 supplements. This reduction effected inflammation of the skin which is the starting point for acne breakouts. 40 to 50 percent of inflammation was reduced with subjects taking a supplement which contained 1000 mg of EPA and 1000 mg of DHA.
What made the results so hopeful is that often treatments are more effective for those suffering from mild acne. However in this case it was those with moderate to severe acne who saw the best results. The study showed a decrease in the appearance of acne lesions and a clearer complexion for those participating.
Despite these findings it was in a very small group and based on two studies which means most would find them inconclusive. The results are hopeful enough though to encourage those suffering from moderate to severe acne to try taking an Omega 3 supplement, especially as there aren’t any adverse side effects noted with the treatment.
ABOUT OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega 3 fatty acids are required for many aspects of health. It is needed for brain function as well as cell regeneration, yet does not occur naturally in your cells. Therefore we have to get Omega 3 through diet, or alternately through supplements.
Omega 3 is found in many foods, with oily fish being the best addition to your diet to increase your intake. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in plants to produce Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) whereas long-chain Omega 3 fats, which are the more desirable fatty acids, are found in sources such as fish.
To get the benefits of long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids you should be taking eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).