Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce acne severity

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A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology suggests that omega-3 fatty acids could help reduce acne severity.

The study involved 60 people with mild to moderate acne who followed the Mediterranean diet and took omega-3 supplements.

The results showed significant reductions in both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions, along with improved quality of life for the participants.

At the start of the study, 98.3% of participants were found to have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

However, as they reached the target levels of these fatty acids during the study, their acne severity decreased significantly.

“Lifestyle changes, like dietary recommendations, should be seen as a valuable addition to prescription medications for treating acne, not as a replacement,” said Dr. Anne Guertler, the study’s lead author from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany.

“Future studies should use randomized, placebo-controlled designs to further improve dietary recommendations for acne patients.”

This study highlights the potential benefits of incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into acne treatment plans.

Omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish oil and certain plant oils, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, aligns well with this approach.

The findings suggest that combining a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids with standard acne treatments could provide better outcomes for those struggling with acne.

This could lead to a more holistic approach to managing the condition, potentially improving both skin health and overall well-being.

By incorporating omega-3 supplements and following a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet, individuals with acne might see a significant improvement in their skin condition.

This approach offers a promising, natural complement to traditional acne treatments.

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