Although not many studies have been done on flaxseed oil and acne, flaxseed supplementation remains a popular treatment for acne, both among naturopaths and acne sufferers.
Flaxseed is traditionally used as a natural laxative, providing the bulk of stool and lubrication. But flax oil has many other benefits, derived from its richness in omega-3 essential fatty acids, and essential fatty acids are so named because we must get them from our diet. Our bodies don’t produce it. They are important for normal growth and development, brain function, and help prevent chronic diseases such as arthritis and heart disease.
Essential fatty acids come in different forms, the most popular of which are omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are more common in our Western diets and are found in oils such as safflower, sunflower, corn, and sesame. And other oils. It is possible to have a deficiency in omega-6 fatty acids if you only rely on omega-3 fats, such as flaxseed and fish oils, as the main type of fats in your diet. Or if omega-3 fatty acids are consumed in larger quantities over a period of one and a half to two years to restore the omega-3 deficiency. But the most likely scenario is that an excess of omega-6 fatty acids is consumed in relation to the omega-3.