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Damaged skin question

Hi Dr. Tucker. I spent a lot of time in the sun and have abused my skin over the years. What vitamins or supplements should I take to help my skin look better?

The skin is the largest organ of your body. Most of the time, the body does a pretty good job of healing your skin from scorched sun, cuts, scuffs, and scratches.

Poor, abused skin can get healthier, but it needs to start on the inside. Make sure you drink plenty of water everyday.

A German research team recruited 45 healthy women between the ages of 18 and 65 and divided them into three groups. For 12 weeks, one group received a daily flaxseed oil supplement, one group received a daily borage oil supplement, and one group received a placebo. Before the intervention began, nicotinate was applied to each subject’s skin to prompt reddening and inflammation.

Results: Compared to baseline, flaxseed oil was most successful in reducing skin reddening and blood flow, while significantly increasing hydration. Borage oil prompted similar results, but not as significant as flaxseed oil. Except for a slight improvement in hydration, there was no change in skin condition in the placebo group.

I recommend a product from Metagenics called Omega-EFA. It contains alpha-linolenic acid – an omega-3 fatty acid which should help your skin.

OMEGA-EFA™
Natural Lemon Flavor
• Supplies a balance of omega-3s (EPA & DHA) from cold-water fish and omega-6 (GLA) from borage seed oil
• Supports cardiovascular health and healthy neurological function
• Features a natural lemon flavor to promote patient compliance
Each Softgel Supplies:
Natural Marine Concentrate …………………………….500 mg
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) …………………………….155 mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) …………………………..120 mg
Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids ……………………………… 40 mg
Borage Oil …………………………500 mg
GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid) ………………………………90 mg
Other Omega-6 Fatty Acids …………………………….150 mg
Other Ingredients: Natural lemon flavor, rosemary extract, ascorbyl palmitate, and natural mixed tocopherols.

References
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3. Belluzzi A, Brignola C, Campieri M, et al. Effect of an enteric-coated fish-oil preparation on relapses in Crohn’s disease. N Engl J Med 1996;3334(24):1557-60.
4. Helland IB, Smith L, Saarem K, et al. Maternal supplementation with very long-chain n-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation augments children’s IQ at 4 years of age. Pediatrics 2003;111(1):e39-e44.
5. Lombard CB.What is the role of food in preventing depression and improving mood, performance and cognitive function? Med J Aust 2000;173(Suppl):S104-S05.

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