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Some Essential Fatty Acids Aid Healthy Skin

Posted: December 20, 2007

Banning fats from your diet in a quest to whittle that waist? Your skin won't thank you. Healthy bodies need healthy fats—and healthy skin needs essential fatty acids.

Natural skin care with essential fatty acids
They're called essential fatty acids (EFA) for a reason—your body needs them! And it doesn't make EFAs on its own; you only get them from the foods you eat.

Key elements in a natural skin care diet, essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin's natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger-looking.

If you're not getting enough EFAs in your diet, your skin may be dry, inflamed, and prone to whiteheads and blackheads. Yet there's more to essential fatty acids than plumper skin.

Essential fatty acids: skin care and body booster
EFAs can be real skin care powerhouses. Research suggests that they may not only reduce sun sensitivity in those with photodermatitis, they may also diminish the inflammation associated with acne. Other studies found that psoriasis treatment that included medication and EFA supplementation was more successful than treatment with medication alone.