Best supplements for skin conditions: 2p capsules could prevent dry skin
- 60 per cent of people in the UK have had a skin condition
- Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements could prevent symptoms
- Fish oil acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin
- Supplements nourishes the skin with fats and vitamins
Sixty per cent of Britons suffer, or have suffered from a skin condition in their lifetime, according to the British Skin Foundation.
Acne affects about 28 per cent of people in the UK, while 70 per cent have visible scars or skin conditions.
But, changing your diet could have a big impact on your skin’s health, a nutritionist has revealed.
Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements could boost your skin’s glow, while also warding off some unwanted skin conditions, said Daisy Whitbread.
Omega-3 fatty acids could be taken as a daily supplement, or by eating oily fish, including salmon.
“[Oily fish] is one of the best sources of omega-3 essential fats, which act as a natural moisturiser and illuminator for your skin within,” said Whitbread.
“If you have a lack of omega-3 in your diet it can lead to premature wrinkles and dry skin.
“It is also anti-inflammatory which can reduce symptoms of eczema.”
The supplement works by nourishing the skin with fats, while contributing fat-soluble vitamins, added nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
The vitamins help skin to maintain a smooth, elastic texture, he said.
Not getting enough fish oil in the diet could lead to some skin conditions, including hair thinning, dandruff and eczema.
“Without the essential fatty acids, too much moisture leaves the skin,” said the nutritionist.
“The truth is your internal health can appear on your skin, and taking fish oil internally as a supplement may be as good as or better than applying conventional moisturisers.”
Omega-3 fatty acids could also reduce inflammation, said Axe.
It may even help to relieve sunburn pain by reducing sun-induced inflammation, he said.
Dry skin could also be prevented by taking vitamin C or vitamin E supplements, added Whitbread.
Vitamin C is essential for healthy collagen, which is important for the structure of skin.
Healthy collagen could even have anti-ageing properties.
Vitamin E helps skin to retain its moisture, and aids skin healing.
Avocado is a great source of vitamin E, and eating more of the fruit may provide the skin with more oleic acid. Oleic acid acts as a natural moisturiser and softener to the skin in the epidermis layer, said the nutritionist.