The oil in the body is not so different from the oil in a car. Feed the car the wrong kind of oil, and the engine pings, sputters, and stalls. Feed the body the wrong kind of oil, and the mind finds it difficult to focus, the skin becomes oily and breaks out in acne, the hair becomes flaky with dandruff. This natural acne treatment is as simple as you can get.
But which oil is best? The kind that is fluid at room temperature and is rich in Omega 3’s and 6’s.
Oils to avoid (because they clog the pores, the enzymes [the body’s biochemical machinery] and other moving parts):
- Trans-saturated fats
- hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils
- too much butter
- oils that have been cooked or heated to very high temperatures (fried foods)
Oils to enjoy (fresh, organic, cold-pressed oil is best):
- olive oil (best for all around and light cooking)
- flaxseed oil (not good for cooking)
- fish oil (as a food supplement)
- evening primrose oil (as a food supplement)
- anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, are taken to protect “unsaturated” oils like those listed above.
- oils rich in saturated fats, like coconut oil, may be best for cooking, however high temperature cooking is always risky. Heat causes chemical changes in the oils which may be harmful, and promote aging.
If you are avoiding dairy, there are natural vegetable oil products available that offer a good alternative to butter. As always, taking the holistic dermatology approach means enjoying fresh, natural foods that nourish the mind, body, and spirit.
To your health,
As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to diagnose, or treat illness; please see your physician for care.