Using Flaxseed Oil for Dry Skin

Flaxseed Oil skinYou can use flax oil for dry skin in two different ways and this page will show how cold pressed flaxseed oil can help improve your facial skin tone and moisturization levels.

The first is by applying it to your face as an external moisturizer. Not only does the very high omega-3 content in the oil have an anti-inflammatory effect, it also helps normalize skin lipids and seal in moisture, both of which leads to improved hydration.

Secondly, taking a teaspoon of flaxseed oil with breakfast or lunch and again with dinner daily is a great way to improve skin quality.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in flax oil are an essential component of epidermal and dermal cells and are necessary to maintain their structural integrity.

Dry and flaky or dull and blemished skin may be the result of the deficiency of omega-3 in the diet. It is certainly very common for people to comment on how much their skin improves once they start taking a good flaxseed oil like this regularly.

5 Tips for Improving Dry Skin

  1. As detailed in Improving Skin with Flaxseed Oil, take omega-3 rich flaxseed oil twice a day, by the spoonful or high potency capsules. Also use it as an evening moisturizer before bed as I’ll explain ahead.
  2. Throw out inflammatory omega-6 processed vegetable oils, like corn, soy, cottonseed, safflower and many others, and replace them with heat stable avocado oil for healthy cooking or coconut oil.
  3. Limit processed foods as much as possible and use more healthy oily fish like wild salmon or sardines in your meals. Alternatively, supplement with high quality fish oil twice daily.
  4. Get a wide variety of colorful vegetables, fruits and leafy greens into your diet. There are many other nutrients such as vitamin A, C and E, selenium, zinc and many more that are vital for healthy skin. Intestinal health is also an rarely discussed secret to better skin.
  5. Perhaps most importantly, drink more water. Mild dehydration is a very common problem that many people are unaware of and the skin on your face, especially under the eyes, is one of the first parts of your body to suffer from it. So have a big glass of water with your flaxseed oil just before a meal and see if in a week or two’s time you’re noticing a real difference in the mirror.

Flaxseed Oil for Your Face as an Evening Moisturizer

Used externally, flaxseed oil is best applied as a topical treatment, directly to your face or other parts of the body as an evening moisturizer. To do this, simply gently massage a small amount of the oil into still damp skin after washing your face before going to bed.

You may want to blot off any excess oil if you’re going straight to sleep, as it can show on pillowcases. If you leave it on your face for at least quarter of an hour before going to bed it should be well enough absorbed for this to not be a problem (though everyone’s skin is different and this could take longer).

An even better option can be to use flaxseed oil in combination with avocado oil. Predominantly monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado oil is extremely penetrative and itself has incredible moisturizing properties for dry skin.

By first applying flaxseed oil to the face, and then immediately following with a small amount of avocado oil in the same area, you combine together on your skin an exceptionally penetrating and hydrating evening moisturizer.

This healing oil combination may also help reduce problems with inflammation like dry or flaky skin, itching and irritated areas, acne and other blemishes and even serious skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

This topical treatment may also be good for reducing fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Since both avocado oil and flaxseed oil are often suggested as beneficial for reducing the signs of aging, combining them can have even more powerful results. I know personally, since applying these two oils to my face after showering in the evening, my skin has never looked or felt better.

I hope using flaxseed oil for dry skin works well for you and please let me know if you have any questions about this or any of the other skin treatment on Superfood Profiles.

Photo 1 credit with thanks: Bibikoff

15 Responses to “Using Flaxseed Oil for Dry Skin”

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  1. DAYKEE says:

    Hi i wld love to know what is good for wrinkles,at age 38,i,ve already stsrted to get around my eyes,i,m also 230lbs trying to lose weight

    • Jim says:

      Hi Daykee,

      You can use a small amount of flaxseed oil on moistened skin gently dabbed upwards at the corner of the eyes. Even more importantly, drink lots of water, cut back on salt and get lots of healthy fats and antioxidants in your diet for better skin.

      This page of the healthy fats in avocados covers some important theories on weight loss –

      Hope this helps.

  2. tom s says:

    I just wanted to know if I should leave the flaxseed oil in the refrigerator after opening or is it ok
    to leave at room temperature.? I want to try the flaxseed oil/avocado oil combo for my dry skin.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Tom,

      Flax oil definitely needs to be refrigerated. If you’re taking it internally you really want to use it in about a month as well.

      All the best.

  3. anee says:

    Hi :)

    thanks for sharing such good info. I understand that Keeping flex seed oil refregrated is important but it was kept in room temperature in the store from where I bought it. So hasn’t It already lost its nutition?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi there,

      I’d prefer to get flaxseed oil from a large online retailer with a high turnover for freshness or a good health store that keeps it in the fridge if possible.

      Hope this helps.

  4. andrea says:

    Hello,thanks for the info.Should we wash the oil off later or we should just leave it on the whole day?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Andrea,

      If the flax oil isn’t well absorbed you can pat it off with a damp towel or wash it off if you like. Generally I don’t bother unless going out.

      All the best,


  5. renie says:

    Hii…thanx 4 d info.I got flaxseed oil in d form of capsule n it wasn’t refrigerated in d medical store. So is it beneficiary to use.

  6. BUI says:


    please suggest me …. almond, avocado, flax seed and walnut …. which is best for aging skin and complexion??

    cheers !!!

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi there,

      That’s hard as they are all great. Most people are lacking in omega-3s so perhaps flaxseed oil would have the most dramatic initial effect but longer term all 4 would be great to have regularly.

      Hope this helps,


  7. Deepshikha says:

    Can i use flaxseeds oil mixed with Castor oil for hair treatment?

  8. nazanin mazkoori says:

    Only once the bottle is unsealed than u have to refregerate it

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