Flaxseed, also known as linseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for health and helpful in restoring skin health. Flaxseed contains up to 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil. When applied topically, flaxseed oil may be more effective for skin treatment than when taken as a supplement. Skin is made of protein and requires protein to restore its health. The omega-3 protein found in flaxseed oil smooths the appearance of wrinkles by helping to repair skin cells.
Flaxseed oil has been used to treat the skin condition psoriasis, in which the skin becomes inflamed and irritated. In the skin of a person with psoriasis, the compounds causing inflammation are much greater than normal, according to Herbal-Powers.com. Psoriasis has been linked to a deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3’s. Flaxseed oil, applied topically, may provide the EFAs necessary to inhibit the compounds in the body that cause inflammation.
Flaxseed oil will improve skin texture and overall condition. Flaxseed oil can also help seal moisture into the skin making it a wonderful choice in skin care.