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Linoleic Acid - Benefits and Uses

The Importance Of Linoleic Acid In The Skin And Body

What Is It?

Linoleic acid (LA) is an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid. It is essential for many human body functions, but is not synthesized by the body. Because of this, it is important to obtain it through external sources. Deficiency in linoleate causes hair loss, skin scaling, and poor healing of wounds. Infants are born without LA and must obtain it through the diet. This is why breastfeeding mothers are often encouraged to take supplements containing LA or GLA. Babies that are breastfed have higher levels of LA than babies who are not breastfed.

Why Is It Important?

Omega-6 fatty acids are critical for healthy skin function and appearance. They play an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of the skin, and its ability to act as a barrier to foreign substances. They are also important for the synthesis of eicosanoids, molecules that help to regulate the skin’s inflammatory response. Increased consumption of essential fatty acids, coupled with topical application, has been shown to weaken damage done by UV rays, and slow down the aging process in the skin.

How Can I Get It?

Oral intake of linoleic acid is an effective way to increase the concentration of essential fatty acids in the skin and to other body systems that need and use it. Topical application of LA is also effective in delivering this important nutrient to the body. Some skin care companies make products containing LA in order to increase the health of the skin. VIVITÉ has an entire line of products containing plant products and extracts, essential fatty acids, vitamins, peptides, and exfoliating agents.


If you are looking for a way to naturally

• Slow down the effects of aging on your skin

• Minimize the effects of UV radiation on your skin

• Decrease itching and dryness of your skin

• Improve the appearance of your skin

One of the most effective things to do is to regularly use high quality skin care products that contain linoleic acid and other beneficial nutrients and ingredients.