4 Ways Omega-3s Benefit The Skin
In homage to National Health & Nutrition Month, we wanted to discuss how what you eat can benefit your skin health! Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous health benefits, ranging from preventing cardiovascular disease to enriching the overall health of your skin. While our body can make most types of fats that it needs, it is unable to make the essential fats which are Omega-3 fatty acids. We must look to food for providing these such as fish and other seafood, nuts, seeds, and plant oils. Omega-3s are the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. Along with the slew of other health benefits, here are three ways these dietary supplements improve your skin:
Acne can be mild or severe and is a skin condition that is caused by excessive oil production or clogged hair follicles inflamed by bacteria. “Taking Omega-3 supplements or eating foods rich in this may improve oil production,” notes Jennifer Jordan, a certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. Numerous studies have shown that Omega-3s appear to reduce inflammatory acne lesions.
Reduces Keratosis Pilaris (KP)
KP is the little red bumps often found on upper arms. While the cause of KP is unknown, studies show there is an overproduction of the keratin part of the skin which causes clogging of hair follicles. With their strong anti-inflammatory benefit, you may find your skin reacting positively to this supplement.
Reduces Signs of Aging
Given the healing benefits that Omega-3s provide, with daily consumption, you may experience reduced signs of aging to the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis). These fatty acids bolster the skin cell membrane of the epidermis which influences the ability of the cell to hold onto water. “More water means more moisture which is essential for the health of our skin and wrinkle prevention,” shares PA Jordan.
Protects Skin Against Sun
When Omega-3s are included as part of a daily diet, potential free radicals produced by harmful UV rays have less effect of damaging cell membranes. “The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3s help strengthen and support the immune system against sun damage and potentially skin cancer,” PA Jordan says. “Wearing sunscreen daily should always accompany other methods at reducing sun damage but daily supplementation is simply an added boost,” she continues.
There are a plethora of clinical studies supporting optimal cellular health that Omega-3s provide. Along with skin benefits, these fatty acids are recommended to be taken for cardiovascular health, immune health, brain, and mental health along with an abundance of other functions. You can obtain Omega-3s through food or supplements.
Sanova Dermatology has experts that can provide more information on how to improve overall skin quality and cosmesis. Call now for more information on cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology.