Fish oil for acne is usually taken in liquid or capsule form. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that improve the properties of your skin, such as its texture and oiliness, and reduces the inflammation associated with acne. Fish oil for acne is not applied directly to the skin but taken orally to improve skin from the inside. Research fish oil products to ensure your purchase is free of toxins and is high in omega-3 content. Eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids can help improve the appearance of acne; however adults should not eat more than two portions of oily fish, such as salmon or tuna, per week because of potential heavy metal toxicity.
The anti-inflammatory properties present in fish oil for acne helps reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne. It also regulates androgen levels, the hormone responsible for skin oil production. By limiting the amount of omega-6 fatty acids you consume, and increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, the appearance of acne can be reduced. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in less healthy processed foods containing vegetable oil, such as burgers, fries and potato chips.
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats useful for effective cellular and hormonal metabolic functions. Ingesting omega-3 reduces acne inflammation from within your body. Fish oil containing omega-3 can be purchased from your local health food or drug store, or online. Ensure you are buying a good quality fish oil that does not smell fishy. The label should show that it is pure with no contamination, and that it has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil for acne is usually available in capsule form or in a drinkable liquid, with capsules being more palatable.
Take 3 - 4 grams omega-3 fatty acids per day to potentially improve the appearance of acne. Read the label on the product to ensure that you receive the desired amount. Take fish oil at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day so that your body evenly absorbs it. Fish oils with a one to one blend of hokey oil and distilled tuna oil are absorbed easily into the body.
If you are allergic to fish oils or are seeking an alternative source of omega-3, then walnuts, soy beans, navy beans and flaxseed can be eaten as substitutes. Check with your local organic market for foods and supplements that are fortified with omega-3 to augment your diet.