I don't argue that omega 3 helps treating acne by limiting the inflammation of the skin. but i have also learned the importance of omega 6 or linoleic acid with regards to production of whiteheads that can cause acne.
"The sebaceous glands normally produce sebum with linoleic acid (omega 6), an essential fatty acid. This type of sebum has a liquid viscosity. It is calming to the skin and does not promote follicular irritation that leads to plugs. When linoleic acid is not available, the sebaceous glands produce sebum with oleic acid. This oleic form of sebum is irritating to the skin and promotes plugs. Oleic sebum is much firmer than linoleic sebum and is prone to producing hard plugs rather than flowing out of the follicle. This causes blackheads and whiteheads and both of these conditions may lead to acne infections"
i hope this would help
I started taking fish oil because I read that most people are seriously lacking Omega-3 in their diets, unless you eat a lot of fish or seafood. I take it mostly for the benefits of heart health and lowering cholesterol. But one major plus I have had is the reduction of PMS symptoms. I also take Flaxseed oil so it could be attributed to that as well, Flaxseed oil might be a good alternative for those who can't tolerate fish oil for whatever reason. Flaxseed oil has Omega-3,6 and 9. I have noticed my skin is better and my hair also. I read of some people taking Cod liver oil instead and just wanted to say that Cod liver oil is very high in vitamin A and that can be unhealthy in large doses! Anyway there is a lot of information on the internet so everyone should do their own research and decide for themselves. I only take one flaxseed and one fish oil a day and this has worked for me. Also I used to wake up with joint pain and in over a year I have not!
My skin is usually combination normal/oily. My T-zone is slightly oily while the rest of my face is pretty much normal. Aroung "that time" of month, it is normal for me to get 1-2 deep, cystic pimples, but if I treat them with my blemish cream when I first feel them coming on, that keeps them from flaring up. But, after reading the reviews for these supplements, I started taking anywhere from 1-3 a day, depending if I remembered them. After about 10 days of taking them, I started breaking out with both little annyoying pimples and the deep cystic ones. I should've known since these are called fish OIL pills they would've made my glands produce more OIL......I think these would be really good for those with dry skin issues. They have gave my hair a wonderful sheen and I love the way it looks.but my skin...I have never broke out like this broke me out. If you have oily skin at all, be aware that this can put more oil in your system that can lead to overproduction, then breakouts.
I'm using a brand called 'Nature's Bounty' 1000mg and taking 3/day (as recommended on bottle) and I am loving the results! I also take 'Life Fitness - Hair Skin and Nails supplement' (see my reviews- it's fantastic!). I find this stuff is perfect for drier air and during the winter time (I dont use during summer because I'm oily enough then lol) My tiny little fine lines around my nose VANISH! I've used some of the most expensive skin creams known to man (including La Mer, Sothys etc) and nothing can compare to taking supplements- it comes from within- can't beat it!
edit: I've noticed that I bruise very easily since taking these. Changing score to 2!
Omega 3 is wonderful! In the past few months, my skin has been breaking out badly and my hair has been breaking very easily with split ends (which I have never had a problem with in the past). I started using the Omega 3 fatty acids (the odorless kind... which is amazing) from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago and have seen a great improvement. I'm not sure that this has really helped by skin that much, but my hair is shinier and much stronger. My nails are also very strong and have grown faster than I've ever noticed before. I wasn't really looking to improve my nails, but hey, why not? However, I do wish it had helped my skin clear up, but I'm sure it has different result on every person, so what didn't work for me, may just work for some one else.
Since using it, my nails haven't gotten white spots on them, my hair is looking shiny, and best of all my skin has cleared up. I used to get really bad cystic acne on my forehead but not since I started using this in combination with lemon juice. I've always drank at least 1 lemon in my water everyday, and would still get cysts, but not as bad. But now that I'm drinking lemon water and taking the pills, my face has not had a pimple on it. I take one pill a day.
So far it's suppressing my appetite! Not effect (it's early yet though) on hair, nails, skin. I started taking this (1 pill, 2 times a day) almost 2 weeks ago. Careful, an overdose of this stuff can cause stomach bleeding.
Editing--ugh, it's now suppressing my appetite to the point where food makes me nauseous. I'll be cutting my dosage to see if it helps.
I think this is my first review. I felt that I needed to post this because it has worked so well for me.
I'm 45 years old x-sunworshiper. I have combo skin on my face and dry skin on my legs and arms.
I've been taking the fish oil pills for a about a month now, and the difference is incredible. I can actually get a shower and get dressed without applying a body moisturizer - something I would NEVER do before.
My skin is glowing and so soft. No more scalely legs. I wish I would have known this beauty tip years ago. It would have saved me a ton of money on lotions!
Sorry it doesn't work for some people, but everybody is different right?
LOVE this sight!!!!!!
UPDATE: My hair got a little greasy, which by the way is amazing, because it was strawlike before. The new hair coming in is very healthy. Don't need as much conditioner as before either. And.... I've cut back to one pill a day. I fluctuate between Omega Fish and a Flaxseed/Omega combo. Less pills, less moisturizer, less conditoner, better skin and hair? What's not like?
I suspect most people will have unexciting results like mine --- I took fish oil pills for about a month and a half, then switched to cod liver oil because it offers a higher dose of EPA and DHA at a lower cost. So I've been on fish oil for about 2 months now.
Hair, skin ---no visible improvement in terms of hydration. But I hardly get any pimples now and the one or two small ones I got disappeared very quickly. I have acne-prone skin, took accutane 7 years ago after which the acne returned but of a less severe variety. Nails grow very fast, as most people have noted.
What confuses me about the reviews is how some people have noticed such dramatic results, whether good or bad, often at low doses and a very short duration of time,eg 2 weeks . I am taking it at pretty high dosage (I now aim for 3g of EPA+DHA--- if you look at the label, the amount of EPA and DHA usually adds up to only about 300mg per fish oil capsule. I am following some of the guidelines from acne.org regarding the dosage.) but I don't see anything major, nothing exciting to shout about. I think most people will have results similar to mine unless they've taken it for a much longer period of time---like 6 months or longer. Will update because I plan to take this long-term.
EDIT: 21/7/2010: I'm an on-and-off long-term user. I don't really see any visible difference, sorry. I hope it's doing good stuff to my insides though.
Gave me horrible, sore, non-surfacing, red, cystic acne like I have never experienced before. I thought it may have been my typical pre-menstrual stuff, then I made the fish oil connection when I realized that that was the difference this month. I am stopping these pills immediately. It truly made it look like someone hit my head with a baseball bat in one spot. I have never had skin this oily- I felt like a before oicture for ProActiv. The only positive aspects were that my nails did grow fast, but it made my hair overly-oily as well. Omega 3 is not for me. =(