The Use of Flaxseed Oil for Acne

Flaxseed oil is said to contribute in treating acne but this fact is not applicable to everyone. This oil contains some properties that can reduce inflammation and there are some theories that flax helps with hormonal issues and reverse the effects of stress on the body.

The Use of Flaxseed Oil for Acne
The Use of Flaxseed Oil for Acne

There are not enough clinical researches yet to support the benefits of flaxseed however researchers keep on examining them.

Significance of Flaxseed Oil

Consumers of flaxseed oil to treat their acne have found out that they experience lesser breakouts, minimized redness and puffiness, a better skin tone and a healthier looking skin.

Flaxseed is publicized not only for its effects on acne but also because of its ability to promote cardiovascular health, contribute to breast health, support prostate health, minimize hair loss and its capability to relieve postmenopausal symptoms.

But a well known physician who is also a medical writer Ray Sahelian, MD, of Los Angeles, California, said that there are no enough clinical studies to support such claims of flaxseed oil.

Benefits of Flaxseed

The University of Maryland Medical Center stated that people from United States required more omega-3 fatty acids in their diet most especially those that come from flaxseed.

There are some people who consume excessive omega-6 fatty acid that comes from vegetable oils like safflower and corn. Although omega-6 are healthy in many ways, the Healthy Oil Planet website emphasized that they promote inflammation in the human body.

This is similar to the effect of the unhealthy saturated and hydrogenated fats that are commonly consumed in the United States. This means that improper intake of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids can lead to inappropriate balance hence may result to inflammation.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, in order to maintain a healthy diet and to improve their general health, an individual should take 2-4 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, a normal American takes in omega-6, 14 to 25 times than omega-3.

Uses of Omega-3 in Flaxseed

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in flaxseed is known to reduce inflammation as well as the effects of stress in the human body as stated by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since acne is due to inflammation, therefore omega-3 is good enough to treat it.

Moreover, it known that stress triggers inflammation but omega-3 can suppress it also, according to the Acne Treatments Guide website. The Herb Wisdom website said that omega-3 fatty acids contribute to the thinning of the oily sebum that can clog pores.


Dr. Sahelian mentioned that lignans is found abundantly in flaxseed and the main lignans commonly contained in flaxseed is secoisolariciresinol diglycoside. It is known that lignans has a positive effect on hormone related problems that can trigger acne said the Herb Wisdom website.

They can be useful since they are easily absorbed in the body. Up to the present, there are no enough clinical studies done to examine lignans’ benefits according to the Natural and Nutritional Products Industry Center


We can also find the omega-3 fatty acid named alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which is present in flaxseed from other sources like canola oil, pumpkins, soybeans, walnuts and perilla seed oil.

The components of flaxseed oil are found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Although this treatment may work for some people, it may not give the same relief to others.