Essential fatty acids (EFAs) include Omega-6 (n-6) and omega-3 (n-3).
Essential fatty acids are crucial to skin function and appearance.
“Topical application of oil is an effective means of delivering EFAs to the skin and, eventually, to the rest of body. Because a significant portion of ingested EFAs may be oxidized by the liver before reaching peripheral tissues, topical application may be a more efficient route of delivery for skin effects, especially during deficiency ”
It is likely, according to studies cited by the Linus Pauling Institute, that addition of various EFA-rich oils both dietary and topical Essential Fatty Acids can;
- Have profound effects on immune and inflammatory responses.
- Omega-3 can protect skin from photoaging
- Omega-6 can alleviate symptoms associated with skin sensitivity and inflammatory skin disorders
- Decrease the inflammatory response of the skin of both the dermal and epidermal layers.