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Can Omega 3 Cause Acne?

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ANSWER:

Omega-3 fatty acids do not cause acne.

More Info: Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient that helps the body to function properly. They are found in sources such as flax seed, fish, avocados, and certain nuts such as walnuts. Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential for maintaining good health and can be found in meats, desserts, packaged foods, and many nuts. The problem is that the typical diet is grossly disproportionate . Omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in excess while not enough omega-3 fatty acids are taken in. This imbalance can easily become evident on the skin.

What is needed is a proper balance between omega-3 and omega-6. Decreasing omega-6 consumption and increasing omega-3 consumption will have many positive benefits such as naturally eliminating additional sugar and unhealthy oils from the diet while adding healthy sources of protein and vitamins.

The skin is one of the three primary organs involved in the removal of toxins and waste products. The liver and kidneys are the other two. When the liver and the kidneys are overtaxed by toxins such as chemicals, hormones, and environmental pollutants, the skin takes on additional responsibilities to rid the body of excess waste. This can present itself as acne.

Sugar and oils are found in many foods that contain omega-6. When too many refined carbohydrates are taken in, the pancreas produces too much insulin. This hormonal imbalance is also partially responsible for the appearance of acne.

Decreasing omega-6 while increasing omega-3 will help to solve the acne problem from the inside out.

 

Resources

National Center for Biotechnology InformationAcne vulgaris, mental health and omega-3 fatty acids: a report of caseshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

University of Maryland Medical CenterOmega-6 fatty acidshttp://www.umm.edu/

Associates in Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.Omega 3 Fatty Acids… Why are they important for your skinwww.adasderm.com

 

Expert Opinion

“Observations of these patients are only suggestive, and they hint that omega-3 fatty acids, and perhaps other nutrients in combination, may have a positive influence on inflammatory acne lesions and aspects of mental health.”

Lipids in Health and Disease

“Clinical studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful in treating a variety of health conditions. In dermatology the benefits include, acne vulgaris(Fig 3) due to help with blood sugar control, anxiety induced(neurodermatitis), photodermatitis, psoriasis, burns, dry skin, systemic lupus vulgaris, and even nonmelanoma skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC))”

Dr. David Harvey, MD, FAAD, FACP

 

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