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Effect of flaxseed- and borage oil ingestion on skin conditions

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Handbook of diet, nutrition and the skin

Part of the book series: Human Health Handbooks no. 1 ((HHH,volume 2))

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Skin lipids play an essential role in barrier function and skin homeostasis. An imbalance in skin lipid composition is associated with disorders like atopic dermatitis. Sensitive skin is a phenomenon with increasing incidence but the ultimate cause is not known yet. Sensitive skin usually reacts with an inflammatory response to non pathogenic stimuli. Dietary intake of oils rich in essential fatty acids are discussed as a supportive therapy in inflammatory skin disorders and thus might be also be suitable for the treatment of sensitive skin. Data on the effects of oils rich in essential fatty acids on such conditions are scarce. The following article describes responses of sensitive skin in women following the application of oils rich in essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, borage oil and safflower seed oil). Flaxseed oil and borage oil both improved selected parameters related to the condition of sensitive skin.

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Abbreviations

AA:

Arachidonic acid

ALA:

α-linolenic acid

DHA:

Docosahexaenoic acid

DHGLA:

Di-homo-γ-linolenic acid

EFA:

Essential fatty acid

EPA:

Eicosapentaenoic acid

GLA:

γ-linolenic acid

LA:

Linoleic acid

PUFA:

Polyunsaturated fatty acid

SC:

Stratum corneum

TEWL:

Transepidermal water loss

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De Spirt, S., Stahl, W., Heinrich, U. (2012). Effect of flaxseed- and borage oil ingestion on skin conditions. In: Preedy, V.R. (eds) Handbook of diet, nutrition and the skin. Human Health Handbooks no. 1, vol 2. Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-729-5_14

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