Evening Primrose Oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)—an omega-6 essential fatty acid that helps strengthen the skin barrier, reduces moisture loss, and causes the anti-inflammatory effects that can calm some of the lesions associated with acne, as well as the redness. Essential fatty acids are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them—you have to get them through food or supplementation.
Acne formation relies heavily on two hormones: insulin and insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). GLA plays a role in insulin absorption and has be shown (1) to decrease inflammatory acne acne by 40 to 50%, and non-inflammatory acne by about 20%.
- Take 1 soft gel capsule 3 times daily, preferably with meals.
- Always drink plenty of water, remain hydrated.
- Suitable for Vegetarians: No
- Do not exceed recommended amount unless directed by a physician.
- Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg (GLA 9%).
- Vitamin E (dl-Alpha-Topoperyl Acetate) 10mg (83% RDA)
- OTHER INGREDIENTS: Gelatine, Glycerine & Purified Water
We suggest consulting your doctor before taking any new supplements. Reported side effects are rare and mild, and include nausea, stomach pain, and headaches. Stomach pain and loose stools may mean that the dose is too high.
If you take medication for blood thinning or blood pressure medication, speak to your health care provider before consuming evening primrose oil. If you’re prone to seizures and take a class of medications called phenothiazines, which is used to treat schizophrenia, you shouldn’t take evening primrose oil because it may increase your risk of seizures.
(1) Effect of Dietary Supplementation with Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Gamma-linolenic Acid on Acne Vulgaris: A Randomised, Double-blind, Controlled Trial. Jae Yoon Jung, Hyuck Hoon Kwon, Jong Soo Hong, Ji Young Yoon, Mi Sun Park, Mi Young Jang, Dae Hun Suh. DOI: 10.2340/00015555-1802