Essential fatty acid’s like omega 3’s and omega 6’s are very important for many body systems including the skin, as far as home remedies for acne go this one is probably the easiest to include in the diet. Essential fatty acids are found in high amounts in fish, evening primrose oil and borage oil.

The most important action that essential fatty acids have on the body is that they drastically reduce the body’s production of inflammatory agents. Inflammation of the skin as in acne can lead to scarring and permanent tissue damage. This is where essential fatty acids have their greatest action in the body they are anti-inflammatory and help to reduce swelling, redness and pain associated with breakouts.

On another level omega 6 and 3 have been found to lower cortisol and norepinephrine these are stress chemicals that are elevated in the body during testing times. The nature of having acne itself can be very stressful so this is a very good reason to increase essential fatty acids, stress and acne go hand in hand so if you’ve noticed your acne is triggered or worse during stressful times you should be taking essential fatty acids.

Researchers have found that people deficient in essential fatty acids have a longer healing period especially for wounds and infections of the skin. So if you find that your breakouts are taking a long time to heal, this is definitely a nutrient I would recommend you increase in your diet.

You can increase your intake by eating more fish especially salmon, mackerel, bluefin tuna, sardines, herring, evening primrose oil can be added to salad dressings, both fish oils and evening primrose oil can be bought and taken in liquid or capsules. With essential fatty acids you need to take a significant amount and for an extended period of time to see results always consult with your health care practitioner before taking these. With fish oils it is important that you choose a product that has a low mercury level, especially with sources that come from larger fish like salmon and tuna.

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