What to do about dry, flaky skin


I have several family members (including children) whose skin feels so dry, they find it itchy and uncomfortable if they don’t add lotion. This (and even psoriasis) may be improved by changing your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are important to maintain optimum levels of triglycerides, but can also help lower depression. So what to do if you don’t like fish?

This article, on Dr. Mercola’s site, provides information on supplements you can take – and even which fish you should eat if you do like fish.

Dry skin can feel tight, itchy and generally uncomfortable, but for many the symptoms they despise the most are the aesthetic ones.

Flaking, scaling, peeling, redness, roughness and even the appearance of fine lines and cracks can make dry skin rather unsightly, especially during the summer months when you probably want to bare more skin than usual.

If you have problem skin such as dry skin or eczema, you’ll likely find that the best solutions tackle the problem from the inside out.

Dry Skin Is Often a Sign That You Need More Omega-3 Fats

You can often determine a person’s omega-3 needs just by touching their hands. Are they smooth and soft… like a baby’s behind? If not, or if other areas of your skin are dry, flaking or cracked, there is a good chance they are not getting enough beneficial omega-3 fats.

Omega-3 fats help to normalize your skin fats and prevent dehydration in your cells. This keeps your skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines.

Fatty-acid deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, but skin problems such as eczema, thick patches of skin, and cracked heels are common. Plus, omega-3 fats may have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help to calm irritated skin, giving you a clearer, smoother complexion.

Omega-3 fat deficiency is actually quite common in the US (it’s been called the sixth biggest killer of Americans). Fish has always been the best source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, this treasure of a food has become less and less viable as a primary source of these healthful fats.

I’ve previously shared tips on the best and worst types of fish to consume in terms of omega-3 fats and environmental toxins, but a general guideline is that the closer to the bottom of the food chain the fish is, the less contamination it will have accumulated. This includes:

  • Sardines
  • Anchovies
  • Herring

That said, if you’re suffering from dry skin, an omega-3 fat supplement, such as krill oil, may be highly beneficial.

This is a great article, with recommendations for treating eczema. See next page for a shower routine for tackling dry skin…



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