I've noticed that whenever I use flax seed oil I get some acne. Obviously, it sucks. Has anyone noticed this? Is there a correlation, or is it coincidence? I love me my healthy fats but not a big acne fan lol
Sorry, I don't know about the acne connection. But I doubt many here would consider flax oil to be "healthy" or "paleo". The view on flax oil has changed a bit in the last couple of years after it was found out that very little of the ALA is converted to DHA/EPA in the body. But Mark Sisson says it better than me:
After reading the first post, I threw away my flax oil pills and switched to fish/krill.
Some people get acne relief from dropping dairy, others from wheat (or both). When I'm strict paleo (which includes dairy), my acne clears up. By strict, I mean grass fed, organic, no veg/seed oils and no cheats.
YES I noticed a correlation between acne and flax seed oil.
After eating 1 table spoon of flax seed every morning my acne became very bad. First my skin became very soft and smooth but after 2 weeks I got cystic acne on my neck and shoulders. It disappeared again when I stopped eating flax seed.
I have heard of similar experiences on acne.org
This sentence from Karna's answer "(After eating 1 table spoon of flax seed) First my skin became very soft and smooth but after 2 weeks I got cystic acne on my neck and shoulders" got me thinking about my own experience with flax oil.
i use to take flax oil a long time a go but stopped when hearing/reading all the negative info. after stopping the flax oil my skin got drier, was there a link....no idea.
nothing else i tried seemed to improve my skin quality much (foods or supplements).
Then after reading various positive stories on flaxseed oil over at Seth's Blog i thought, what the hell, i'll give it another go. low & behold my dry skin reduced & my skin got softer/suppler, was there a link....started to think so. note. i have never been one to get acne, & for me taking flax oil never resulted in me getting acne.
anyway, then i gave up the flax oil again & my skin got drier again. i wish i knew why flax oil seemed to improve my skin, then i may be able improve my skin quality without having to resort to flax oil.
In my particular case if it is the flax oil, i do not believe it to be the omega-3's that are having the positive effect. As i have tried fish oil, fish oil pills as well as eating plenty of oily fish without seeing any improvement in my skin.
I no longer supplement with fish oil or pills, just eat oily fish.
i'm picturing that if there was a scale of skin types (skin structures), my skin structure would be at the other end of the scale to the skin of someone who gets acne from taking flax oil. For them, taking flax oil pushes them in to the 'danger' zone.
May be someone out there has a theory (or two) as to why taking flax oil could possibly improve skin quality (in my case). Could there be some other mechanism? other than omega-3's?
Edit: hold off any comments, i may as well make this a new question