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Clear Off Acne With Flaxseed Oil

If you want to get rid of your acne and achieve a healthier, smoother skin than what you have now, you really should consider taking a flaxseed oil supplement that is full of Omega 3. It is high time you stop the frustration and the drama when you look at the mirror and find out you still have those acne bitches and its resulting devilish scars marked on your face.

 

Acne can result from an overproduction of skin oil by the enlarged oil glands. If the enlarged and overactive oil glands become clogged, oil and other trapped secretions become home for bacteria. Blackheads and whiteheads form, and the pimples become infected.

 

For those that suffer from acne, it is not merely a cosmetic problem. The consequences include emotional stress that can have a strong impact on one’s self-esteem. Although a proper skin care is important in its treatment, it may not be caused by uncleanliness, but rather more likely a result of an overactive oil glands.

 

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Contributing factors can be

  • Heredity
  • Oily skin
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Monthly menstrual cycles
  • Candidiasis
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Used of certain drugs or medications
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Diet high in saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and animal products
  • Exposure to industrial pollutants
  • Too acidic or too alkaline body pH

 

 

Treating your acne with retinoic acid should only be under a physician’s care, because it produces very unpleasant side effects that may include severe skin damage.

 

Just thinking, maybe the low risk flaxseed oil is worth your first try before applying the risky retinoic acid treatment for your acne problem. However, when it comes to dosage and how many times you should take the flaxseed oil in a day, make sure you coordinate with your physician. Do not take anything on your own.

 

Interestingly, some of the unpleasant effects of the retinoic acid, such as drying of the lips and the elevation of cholesterol and fat levels in the blood, are problems that were corrected by the supplementation of an Omega 3, which you can have through flaxseed oil supplementation.

 

 

 

Using this diet supplement for your anti aging skin care can be awesome. In some clinical observations, the most noticed skin texture development was the marked smoothing and moisturizing of the hands within a week.

 

As the healing continued, the elbows, heels, and other parts of the body also became smooth and soft. Within 6 weeks, there was an unmistakable improvement or even total disappearance of the dandruff and flaky, dry skin on the shins and forearms.

 

The most exciting part is the improvement in the skin texture, tone and color after 1 to 4 months. This includes skin elasticity and firmness, even wrinkles were less pronounced. These effects, are the ones I like best!

 

 

Omega 3 fatty acids

The Omega 3 fatty acids appear to be beneficial in decreasing a systemic inflammation, such as the fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel, fish oil capsules, flaxseed, and the flaxseed oil.

 

Some research suggests that abnormalities in the fatty acid metabolism may contribute to acne. Because of their anti-inflammatory effects, the essential fatty acids may be useful in the treatment of acne. Good sources include flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil.

 

Indeed, epidemiologic investigation reveals that communities consuming higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids may be supplemented in the diet. Typical doses are 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil per 100 pounds of body weight or 1 to 2 g of fish oil in capsule form. The study showed a remarkable improvement in the acne symptoms, including the mental outlook after 2 months of Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation.

 

The flaxseed oil is very rich in Omega 3 fats that help fight inflammation and boost the health of cell membranes. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can be added to the acne diet for tissue repairing, healing and unclogging the pores. Usually, a 1 or 2 capsules per day is recommended.

 

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In one study, a few patients reported outbreaks of adult acne after starting the flaxseed oil, but over time, their skin gradually improved. The outbreaks were probably the effect of the body detoxifying and adjusting to the new balance of essential fatty acids.

 

The high fiber content of the flaxseed may interfere with the absorption of certain medications. If you are taking any pharmaceutical doses on a regular basis, please be sure to check with your doctor about possible interactions. You should not ingest flaxseed at all if you have bowel obstruction.

 

The effects on the skin are not immediate and you have to take the flaxseed for several months before you begin to see the benefits. Some cases of acne are related to a poor elimination. It can also help in keeping the bowels regular as well as in decreasing systemic toxicity.

 

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Flaxseed oil

The flaxseed oil has a high percentage of a fatty acid called alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is able to convert into EPA. Since ALA in flaxseed oil can convert into EPA and DHA, why not just take flaxseed oil supplements instead of fish oils?

 

The flaxseed oil is a good option for the vegetarian, who prefer flaxseed to fish oil. However, sometimes some people may not have the adequate biochemical ability to convert ALA into EPA.

 

The conversion is a difficult process that may require over 10g of ALA to make a 600 mg of EPA. The enzymes that convert less saturated fatty acids, such as ALA into EPA may not work efficiently with everyone.

 

It has been suggested that several conditions or situations may cause inadequate activity of the enzymes that convert ALA into EPA and DHA. These conditions include aging, diabetes, intake of trans fatty acids, and a large intake of saturated fatty acids.

 

To be on the safe side, it would seem reasonable to include the flaxseed oil in the diet, yet also to eat fish or take fish oil supplements. This way, all essential Omega 3 fatty acids, such as ALA, EPA, and DHA would be ingested.

 

Nonetheless, eating foods high in ALA is better than not receiving any Omega 3 fatty acids at all. The advantages of using flaxseed oil as an Omega 3 supplement include its relatively low price (in the liquid form) and its high natural concentration of alpha-linoleic acid (about 40 to 50%, which provides approximately 7 grams of alpha linoleic acid per 1 tablespoon or 15 cc, of flaxseed oil).

 

Flaxseed oil capsules containing approximately 50% alpha-linoleic acid are also available, but are about the same price as fish oil capsules. The taste of the flaxseed oil may vary from brand to brand. Very few people enjoy the taste of plain flaxseed oil, but many tolerate it.

 

 

Indications for using the flaxseed oil than the fish oil

  • Inability to afford fish oil capsules
  • Strict vegetarian
  • Allergy to fish
  • Inability to tolerate fish oil

 

 

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Thoughts from the author:

Shirley Chio has been taking the Omega 369 supplement for many years now. Can the combination of diet and supplement make you look younger than your age? Join her and subscribe to her newsletter by signing up below.

 

 

 

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