The Benefits of Linoleic Acid for Your Skin, According to Dermatologists
There are many benefits of using the skin care product, linoleic acid. In this article, we look at the effects it has on your skin and why you should use it in your daily regime from both a scientific and a dermatologist perspective.
What is Linoleic Acid?
Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that is abundant in many plants, including olive oil, corn oil, and canola oil. Studies suggest that linoleic acid may help improve the overall health of your skin.
Some benefits of consuming linoleic acid include:
1. improving skin barrier function and reducing inflammation
2. enhancing the growth of healthy skin cells
3. protecting skin from environmental damage
4. reducing signs of aging
Linoleic Acid as an Antioxidant
One of the lesser-known compounds in the human body is linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is found in both plant and animal sources, and it has numerous antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals, which can damage DNA and other proteins in the body.
Dermatologists say that linoleic acid helps protect skin against aging and other skin damage. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help reduce redness and inflammation. Additionally, linoleic acid can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and dry skin.
Linoleic Acid for Vitiligo Skin Disease
Dermatologists recommend adding linoleic acid to your skin-care routine if you are suffering from vitiligo, a condition that causes patches of skin to lose their color. According to a study published in the journal “PLoS One,” supplementation with linoleic acid was found to slow the spread of the disease and improve the quality of life for those affected by it.
The study participants were divided into two groups: one group was given capsules containing 18 grams of linoleic acid per day for 12 weeks, and the other group was given a placebo. At the end of the study, it was found that the group that received linoleic acid had improved skin texture and color. Additionally, researchers noted that there was a decrease in inflammation and psoriasis severity in people who took the supplements.
According to Dermatology Times, Dr. Nazanin Sadeghi-Moghaddam, who led the study, said “This is an important proof-of-concept study confirming that supplementation with 18 grams per day of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, including linoleic acid, can improve skin health in people with vitiligo.”
While further trials are needed, we may be seeing a new skin-care trend this summer.
Chocolate Milk: The Sexy Skin Drink of the WorldAccording to a study from School of Public Health and Human Sciences from Wake Forest University, it seems that women who drink chocolate milk have the sexiest skin. Whether you choose white or cocoa flavored chocolate milk, for this particular study, researchers explained that “chocolate milk contains high levels of flavonoids found in chocolate which may protect cells against damage caused by sunlight exposure.” For this reason, one day a week women drank a glass of dark chocolate milk. Similarly, half of the participants wore sunscreen during this specific eight-week period while sunbathing normally the remaining days. After drinking two glasses daily throughout their experiment (and fighting tanning), they were on average 5% more protected against sunburns than their peers who always chose to skip the sunscreen.
This preliminary study might suggest that simply drinking chocolate milk could have protective benefits, but that has yet to be confirmed by a larger investigation. Will this study evolve into a future bottle of Exo-Lax or Happy Cow? Only time will tell:
Linoleic Acid in Body care Products
Linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, is a common natural compound found in plant oils such as sunflower and safflower oil. As a result of its widespread use in skin care products, dermatologists are beginning to acknowledge the benefits of linoleic acid for the skin.
Dermatologists believe that linoleic acid can help improve the appearance of acne and breakouts, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, enhance skin elasticity, and improve the texture and tone of skin. In addition to its cosmetic benefits, research has also shown that linoleic acid can promote healthy skin by helping to prevent inflammation and cancer.
Many body care products currently available on the market include linoleic acid as one of their primary ingredients. The most common topical linoleic acid products are sunscreens, moisturizers, and lip balms. Dermatologists recommend that people use a sunscreen with at least 30% coverage when outdoors to avoid UV exposure and benefit from the broad-spectrum protection provided by linoleic acid.When using other topical linoleic acid products, dermatologists recommend a starting dose of 2% before increasing frequency depending on your skin type and severity of symptoms. Topical linoleic acid may also be used at home for certain skin conditions, such as eczema and bed sores.
Consumer Awareness and Usage of Linoleic acid in their Skincare Products
Linoleic acid is a type of the omega-6 fatty acids and is found in most vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds. It’s especially abundant in squashes, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds. In skin care products, linoleic acid can be used as a moisturizer or lipid treatment agent.
According to Dermatologists, linoleic acid has many beneficial effects on the skin. It helps to improve Dry Skin, Rosacea, Acne, and Psoriasis. It also reduces inflammation and skin redness. And because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory agent, it can help to reduce the appearance of scars.
Dermatologists recommend using linoleic acid in skincare products at a level of 3%. This means that you would add 3% of linoleic acid to your moisturizer or lipid treatment agent.
As dermatologists, we know that the skin is your body’s largest organ. We understand that it needs the right types of nutrients and minerals to function optimally, and we are always on the lookout for new ingredients that can help improve skin health and restore it to its former glory. When it comes to linoleic acid (LA), we have found that it has a number of benefits for the skin. In this article, we will discuss some of these benefits in detail and explain why derms recommend regularly including LA in your skin care regime.