PUFA's, What Are They And Why We Need To Be Mindful About Them.

PUFA's, What Are They And Why We Need To Be Mindful About Them.

PUFA's are the quick way of saying polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are starting to gain more and more critique for their potential to cause skin issues. PUFA's are essential for the body, but can be less stable and more prone to oxidation when applied topically. 

Trends and fads are part of life, we know if we hold onto clothes long enough, they will be back in style eventually. How we choose to care for ourselves is no different.

Popular seed and nut oils like Rosehip, Borage, Almond, and more, whilst packed with incredible science backed benefits for our skin, do contain higher percentages of PUFA's than other oils. 

PUFA's, especially omega 6 fatty acids, are susceptible to oxidation. As they oxidise quickly, oils high in PUFA's are believed to cause oxidative stress, inflammation, free radical damage and ageing. This means applying these oils topically and stepping outside in to the light is going to wreak havoc on skin cells. 

I know the affects first hand of religiously applying Rosehip oil before going about my day. I had wonderful results of an evening before bed, but troubles began when I stared following a new trend. A beauty therapist encouraged me to apply of a morning, and it didn't take long for the dark patches to appear.


Anything that is triggering an inflammatory response in the skin (think redness, irritation, and the breakdown of collagen), is going to create an environment ripe for skin concerns to thrive.

Worried about your oils in your bathroom? It isn't all bad!

PUFA's can offer us so many incredible benefits, they have an undeniable place in skincare, especially for those whose skin is deficient in these fatty acids. 

What to do?

If you are concerned with your PUFA's and your skin, there is so many amazing alternatives on hand to provide assistance and support to your skin.

Looking for skincare formulated with stable oils, like saturated and mono-saturated fats, is a good start. Jojoba oil and Shea butter are two examples which are less prone to oxidation, with Olive Squalane coming out on top. 

Fully saturated oils are believed to safe guard skin against further damage, as they are less susceptible to oxidative stress and free radicals.

When using higher PUFA containing skincare or oils, make sure to only apply at night, and keep your oils in the fridge, to ensure stability. 

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