A new study by Hull York Medical School shows that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including omega n-3 and omega n-6, are micronutrients associated with improved skin health, and especially derivatives of PUFAs such as linoleic acid (LA) and α-linolenic acid.
Notably, these essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be synthesized by humans.
Derivatives of linoleic acid significant for human health include arachidonic acid and γ–linolenic acid (GLA). GLA can be found in evening primrose oil and borage oil. It reduces inflammation by reducing the synthesis of inflammatory mediators and by increasing the production of eicosanoids.
Studies involving the supplementation of GLA-rich oils demonstrated an impact on TEWL (Trans-Epidermal Water Loss) in people with dry skin and the elderly, as well as healthy volunteers.
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