Hi, I'm 29 and been suffering from Acne since I moved to the US to attend college. Well I just made a huge discovery today.
The sebaceous glands normally produce sebum with linoleic acid, 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 comedones rather than flowing out of the follicle. This causes blackheads and whiteheads and both of these conditions may lead to acne infections.
Omega-6 deficiency symptoms include dry hair, hair loss, and poor wound healing.
Dermatitis is one of the first signs of an Essential Fatty Acid deficiency in both humans and animals. Until 1955, one of the most widely applied treatments for atopic eczema was a high dose of GLA.
I have acne AND atopic dermititus. My Doctor told me that people with atopic dermititus produce less oil for their skin, but he never said I could improve oil production. My face is very oily. My co-workers tell me I "glissen," but me legs are very dry.
Could I be suffering from a Omega-6 deficiency? I used to eat a lot more fish where I grew up; here in the US I mainly eat chicken, not fish. I'm going to hit the health food store to see if I can find anything that I can take... and see if this fixes anything!
I read that Safflower oil, grape seed oil and sunfower oil are all high in Linoleic acid.
Edited by Alona, 17 September 2009 - 03:22 PM.