27 Jul 2015

Taking Fish Oil For Clearer Skin?

When you have acne there are a lot of possible reasons why those annoying, often painful and confidence sapping red lumps, bumps, pustules, papules, whiteheads and blackheads are taking up residence on your face. Wonderful. I just recently wrote a post on the 7 reasons you may still have acne, even if your skincare routine is awesome, and that's a great place to start getting to the root of the problem. It's important you understand the why before you move onto the fix. 

So you have the why... now let's talk a little bit about one possible way to help you clear up that acne. 

Fish oil! 

Or, more importantly the omega-3 fatty acids found in that (good quality is v. important) fish oil. Put simply, because I'm no scientist, some acne and spots can be caused by an imbalance of omega's in the body. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are needed in your body ideally at an equal level to function correctly and initiate inflammatory responses (and then stop said inflammatory responses) when your body needs them, so an increase in omega-6 (found in fatty, sugar, gluten rich food, processed anything, basically... everything these days) causes excess inflammation, and that inflammation leads to spots.

Increasing your Omega-3 levels can help bring this inflammation down and help your body get back on track functioning correctly. It can even be a contributing factor to balancing those pesky hormones. 

It's unclear how much fish oil is best, I think it's important not to overdo it and instead work on reducing your omega-6 intake by eating a healthier, less-processed diet and taking a small omega-3 rich supplement to get that balance just right. 
There are lots of fish oil capsules and liquids available but quality is important here and a capsule the size of a small mouse with a small EPA + DHA count is one to avoid. Look for a small capsule with a high EPA + DHA count. I like these Wiley's Finest Fish Oil Easy Swallow Caps, they're tiny and still manage to have way more EPA + DHA than regular huge capsules. If you can't take capsules or prefer a liquid (and want a larger dose) then the Wiley's Finest Peak Omega-3 Liquid is great. You only need 1 teaspoon per day and get a huge omega-3 boost. The oil is lemon flavoured and doesn't taste bad at all. The only issue I had when taking this one over the capsules was I hated swallowing the oil, it was SO weird and made me shudder and pull a funny face every single day. It was totally worth it though as I didn't have a single cystic acne blemish pop up for the entire time I was taking it!

Tackling acne and healing your body is a long process, you can't expect results overnight and it certainly isn't a one size fits all kind of gig. Patience is required, and an open mind for trying new things. Especially when it comes to changing up your diet, taking new supplements and learning to understand what your body is telling you when it's spewing out spots every 5 minutes. I am still trying to understand the alien language my body is chattering with my own acne issues and I'm positive I'm going to get there one day soon as I make small changes to improve my diet and health. 

Do you take fish oil?

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