The Importance of Omega-3 for Skin Health

The Importance of Omega-3 for Skin Health The Importance of Omega-3 for Skin Health

Globally, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is critically low with most of the population being over-exposed to omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 fatty acids are essential for the body's correct functioning, overexposure to these fats, especially in relation to omega-3s, can have adverse effects on health.  

Modern Western diets often contribute to an imbalance in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, with an excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils, processed foods, and certain meat products. This imbalance has been associated with:

  • Increase in inflammation  

  • Increased risk of chronic diseases 

  • Immune system dysfunction  

  • Impaired cognitive function  

While it is important to note that omega-6 fatty acids are still necessary for the body, the key is to maintain a correct balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. With so much of the population not receiving an adequate supply nor correct ratio of essential fatty acids, it’s not uncommon for many to experience essential fatty acid deficiency (EFAD).

Essential fatty acid deficiency occurs when the body does not receive an adequate supply of essential fatty acids or when there are challenges with the body's ability to convert them into their active forms. For many, EFAD may lead to skin manifestations including:

  • Dry or scaly legs 

  • Hot, burning, & itchy skin 

  • Dry scalp, split ridged nails, dry cuticles 

  • Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis 

  • Pigmentation 

  • Poor quality/quantity (sluggish) oil flow 

  • Congestion closed/open comedones 

  • Poor wound healing 

A healthy diet should include both types of fatty acids in appropriate proportions to minimize the potential side effects, while supporting overall health and well-being. So how do we ensure we are fuelling our bodies with the right amount of omega-3?  

Incorporate SIMKA Alpha Omega-3 into your diet daily!  

SIMKA Alpha Omega-3 is a powerful dietary supplement derived from microalgae oil. Our golden algae oil is grown pure & water extracted producing the purest, naturally processed Chromista Oil containing up to 99%^ DHA-triglycerides - essential for the formation of our body's cell membranes and optimal skin health.  

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids? 

Omega-3 fatty acids are the unsung heroes of skin health renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties and potential to maintain skin vitality. As essential fatty acids, they're not produced by the body and must be sourced from our diet. Incorporating omega-3-rich foods or supplements can provide the additional support you require to achieve optimum skin health. The three main types of omega-3 fatty acids are : 

  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): ALA is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and certain vegetable oils (such as flaxseed oil and canola oil). While the body can convert ALA into the more active forms of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the conversion rate is generally low. 

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): EPA is found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is often credited with various health benefits, including cardiovascular health and the management of inflammatory conditions. 

  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): Like EPA, DHA is primarily found in fatty fish AND microalgae! It is a key component of cell membranes, especially in the brain, eyes and skin.  

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Support Structural Integrity 

Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are crucial components of all cell membranes. These fats contribute to the structural integrity of skin cells, enhancing their ability to retain moisture and defend against external aggressors. This in turn results in a resilient skin barrier that acts as a formidable defense against environmental stressors and inflammation while also preventing premature ageing. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Show Anti-Inflammatory Properties 

Whether it is acne or eczema, inflammation is a common symptom of many skin barrier disorders. Omega-3 fatty acids exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to mitigate the inflammatory response, reduce redness and promote healing of the skin.  Many studies indicate that incorporating omega-3 supplements or increasing omega-3-rich foods in the diet may alleviate symptoms and contribute to the overall well-being of individuals with skin barrier disorders including -  

  •  Atopic skin (Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis)  

  • Rosacea  

  • Acne  

  • Pigmentation  

  • Menopausal skin  

 In addition, the reduction in inflammation contributes to the prevention of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular issues and arthritis. Moreover, omega-3 fatty acids support cognitive function and may help maintain brain health, potentially reducing the risk of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, they promote joint health, easing stiffness and discomfort often experienced with ageing.  

In summary, the daily nutritional intake of omega-3 fatty acids is paramount in the pursuit of healthy and vibrant skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are emerging as key players in the arena of skin health, contributing to structural integrity, anti-inflammatory responses, collagen synthesis, and even sun protection.  

SIMKA Alpha Omega- 3 has been consciously formulated free from contaminants to nurture skin health from within.  

Written by Lisa Paone, Head of Education