Linoleic Acid

Linoleic acid is an essential building block for ceramides, one of skin's main moisturizing elements. Our bodies can't make this essential fatty acid, so we need get it from our food or put it on our skin. Linoleic acid helps makes the skin's barrier stronger so it can effectively keep water in and irritants out. Yea to hydrated and healthy! Also, topical use of linoleic acid helps reduce acne breakouts. Plant oils used in skincare that are rich in linoleic acid include safflower, sunflower, rosehip and evening primrose.

 
 
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the essential fatty acid linoleic acid... is of particular significance to skin health, as it contributes to the formation of ceramides essential for the structure of the epidermal barrier

 DR. KENDALL, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, BIOMEMBRANES JOURNAL

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There was a significant effect of topically applied linoleic acid on the size of follicular casts and microcomedones*

 

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

* acne lesion before it gets bigger like a real zit

 
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topically
applied linoleic acid rapidly reversed the defect in
barrier function

THE JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY

 
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Sunflower seed oil enhanced skin barrier recovery