Linseed oil may help relieve acne, scientists say
An article published in the peer-reviewed journal of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that linseed oils may be effective for reducing acne.
Researchers found that an extract of linseed can be used as a topical retinoid and may be used in combination with other retinoids to reduce signs of acne and inflammation.
Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley used the synthetic linseed and found that the oil contained anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
The study, led by Dr. Pauline Lueken from the UC Berkeley School of Medicine and published in a paper titled “Linseed oil for acne relief: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”, was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Ellison Medical Foundation.
It found that while the topical use of linseeds may be beneficial for acne, there was no clear evidence that topical linseed treatments have any clinically significant effects.
A second study, published in May in the journal Nature Communications, also investigated topical linsees for acne and found there were no significant benefits.
The authors said the findings highlight the importance of conducting a long-term, controlled clinical trial to determine if linseed is effective for the treatment of acne.
There are currently no published data to support the use of topical linselene for acne in the US, said Dr. Luecken.
However, a recent study published in Dermatology in October of this year reported that topical applications of the oil may be useful in treating seborrheic dermatitis and keratosis plaustica.
The researchers reported that a topical application of linselane cream to the face and scalp for 20 minutes per day reduced the inflammatory and inflammatory-related symptoms of seborrebral dermatitis.
There is also a study being conducted by the University the University at Buffalo and the University Medical Center at Buffalo to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of topical use for the control of keratitis plaus and other inflammatory dermatoses in children.
Dr. Luedk added that it is not known whether the use and safety of topical treatment of inflammatory dermatitis is a new concept or if topical linoleic acid is already being used.