Visible skin blemishes such as Acne, blackheads or psoriasis on the face or body area is extremely annoying, embarrassing and frightening. Who hasn’t experienced that big red blob on their cheek appear just days before an important event.
So anything from pimples, rosacea, to sunburn are all unwelcome skin conditions which you want to rid of. As nutritional research begins to improve, it’s becoming clear that your dietary choices can indeed influence and promote the inflammation in all areas of the body, which includes the skin.
It has always been known that there are lower instances of skin blemishes, particularly acne, in non-Westernized societies, such as Asia and parts of Europe. Research may have finally found a possible link to why this is so.
It’s been found that in countries and societies where the diet’s are extremely high in Omega-3 based fatty acids, that acne and blemishes were virtually non-existent on the skin.
Conversely, once the consumption of omega-3 based foods begins to be reduced, the incidences of acne then increased. So, has the mysterious acne elimination code finally been solved. Is the answer as simple as more Omega 3?
The Relationship Between Oil Intake And Skin Inflammation
As a dietary source for health purposes, if you ensure adequate amounts of fish intake on a weekly basis, that’s been proven to be the best way to acquire Omega-3 fatty acids into your system.
Fresh fish oil, which is known to contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), is found to be extremely effective when it comes to regulating inflammation, both internally and externally.
What it specifically does is it effectively lowers the levels of the inflammatory chemicals within the body, which are known as leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2).
What these unwanted chemicals do, when found in excess in the body, is they can cause a variety of unwanted skin conditions, including acne. The elevated levels of these chemicals are caused by a diet which is high in Omega-6 based oils. Oils which are heavy in Omega 6 include, safflower, corn, soybean, and sunflower oils.
What the over consumption of these Omega-6 fatty oils leads towards is the promotion of inflammation in the body caused by elevated levels of LTB4 and PGE2.
Proper Supplementation Leads Towards Better Well-Being
It’s been found that the average North American diet, when it comes down to a ratio, is far lacking from it’s non-western counterparts from around the world.
That ratio for the majority of those in other “healthier diet” countries and societies, is approximately two to one when it comes to oil content in the body. So two parts of Omega-6 oil to one part Omega-3 oil. This ratio was recently discovered, recognized and recommended by a group of lipid experts.
Also, for those healthier individuals who continuously consume a higher intake level of omega-3 fatty acids, when relative to the intake of the omega-6 oil, was also associated with a decreased risk of certain skin diseases.
It was also discovered that when orally administering recommended levels of Omega-3 EPA, it was found to reduce the redness which occurs from excess sunburn. It also potentially reduces the risk of melanoma, because of its ability to interfere with the DNA damage which can occur.
The majority of the annual UV damage that we experience occurs not from the occasional exposure to the sun while on vacation, but more from the daily exposure without adequate sunscreen protection.
Omega-3 Supplements As A Dietary Source
So dietary considerations should be used, such as taking vitamin D, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids supplementation, which becomes a lot more important as well as relevant for long-term health preservation.
While Omega-3 fish oil may not be the complete solution or substitute for the clinical treatments of the various dermatological conditions, this recent research and discovery provides for enough reason, to at the very least, increase the dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids, even in supplemental form, for healthier and safer glowing skin.
Once you consider that the average North American diet is found to have a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, in some cases, to be as high as 20 to 1, there’s a clear link and indication that our high incidences of skin blemishes such as acne and psoriasis, along with other skin conditions, may be a result of too much Omega-6 in our system, and not enough Omega-3.