Ok, so I haven’t posted any looks in a while because my skin took an unfortunate turn for the worse. It snuck up on me. One would come, then two, another two after that, then three. More would always come when the current ones were healing. Then I’m left with the zit carcasses on my face (hyper pigmentation). I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until one morning I found myself concealing the entire front of my face. Excruciatingly depressing.
I haven’t slacked off on my supplement or skin care routine. No big diet swings. So what could it be?
It has only been a few weeks, but I honestly can’t remember what made me think of fish oil again. I say ‘again’ because I already had capsule and liquid forms in my house. I started taking it late 2009 into 2010 and I noticed it made my nails grow faster and stronger. I didn’t notice any benefit to my skin during that time, but my skin routine wasn’t beneficial at alleviating acne either. When I started taking the full dosage of my multivitamin, I slacked off my fish oil. Why? One, I’m taking a lot of pills already. Two, the multivitamin already had Omega-3 in it, so I thought I was covered. Three, I eat one to two servings of fish per week. Apparently, it wasn’t enough.
I started taking two servings of Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil per day. It contains 1,000 mg of fish oil, 240 mg of Omega-3 (EPA, DHA, ALA and DPA), Vitamin A, D and E per capsule. I noticed an improvement after a week. Seriously, ONE WEEK! So far, I haven’t had any major or consistent eruptions. Why would a fish oil supplement make a difference?
Facts for you body
The body needs good fat to sustain itself and more importantly a ‘good balance’ of ‘the good fats’. The good fats are Omega-3 fatty acids (found primarily in fish) and Omega-6 fatty acids (found primarily in nuts, avocados, healthy cooking oils, whole grain breads, egg yolks, poultry, meats and all processed foods). The problem is the typical Western diet contains too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3. In fact, there are very common but very scary health issues that arise from a constant diet containing too much Omega-6 (heart attacks, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity and cancer). There are specific ratios available to know how much of one versus the other you should consume, but that is where Google becomes your friend.
Eating a lot of fish to increase the levels of Omega-3 isn’t the answer because of the mercury that is in all fish. The levels of mercury vary depending on the type of fish. Taking a supplement that is high in Omega-3, with no mercury, lead or other contaminants is the way to go.
Facts for you skin
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition. It is caused by blood sugar problems and chronic low intensity inflammation. Blood sugar problems increases sebum production and increases cell turn over (higher levels of dead skin), which clogs pores and breeds bacteria. The body’s natural response to any injury is to heal damaged tissue and destroy bacteria. This results in pain, swelling and redness – the body’s defense mechanism in full swing. Chronic inflammation is the body overreacting and attacking healthy tissue. Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Increasing Omega-3 will help reduce inflammation, which will also help reduce acne.
Hallelujah! Let the choir sing.
Should you choose to start consuming a fish oil supplement (for skin care or general body health) ensure it contains EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). If you get a lot of sun, watch out for your Vitamin D levels because too much of a good thing isn’t good.