Research findings earlier this year indicate that oleic acid-rich skin is less likely to experience resurgences in psoriasis symptoms. This suggests that the regular use of skincare products containing oleic acid could act as a preventive measure for relapses of psoriasis.
Psoriasis Causes and Treatments
Affecting 1-2% of the overall population, psoriasis is a chronic condition causing the rapid buildup of skin cells that outpaces the normal balance of skin cell growth and shedding. In 80-90% of cases, as these skin cells begin to overgrow and pile up, they form what are called plaques—thick and scaly silver-white patches, like dry skin on steroids. These plaques are often itchy, uncomfortable or painful, and can appear in scattered patches or join together over larger parts of the skin. Psoriasis frequently appears on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back, and is believed to be driven by both genetics and each patient's unique immune function.
Common treatments for psoriasis range from topical corticosteroids and UV light therapy to more intensive oral medications, among many others, but all of these traditional solutions have their own potential side effects. Given the modern trend towards natural wellness, perennially frustrated psoriasis patients are increasingly looking towards nutraceuticals and organic options to treat this condition.
Oleic Acid for Inflammation
Unlike many other skin conditions, psoriasis is able to reappear so readily due to the presence of “tissue-resident memory cells”, which are left over in the skin from previous relapses of this inflammatory condition. T cells require a particular surface composition of fatty acids in order to function and persist, and this recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology zeroes in on this key point. By manipulating the fatty acid composition of the skin in both unaffected and “resolved” areas, researchers were able to conclude that oleic acid—a monounsaturated fatty acid—suppresses the activity of the residual T cells, resulting in the reduced appearance of psoriasis symptoms.
A monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid may not receive as much attention as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but it does have some notable effects on human health. A common component of a Mediterranean diet, thanks to its high concentration in olive oil, oleic acid has been linked to lower incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease and a wide range of inflammatory conditions. Oleic acid is found in highest concentrations in olive oil, but is also a significant component of grapeseed oil, buckthorn oil, soybean oil, palm oil and rosehip oil. When applied to the skin, oleic acid not only modulates inflammation, but also shows antioxidant capabilities, helping to keep your skin youthful, firm and smooth.
A Hydrating and Soothing Solution
For chronic and seasonal sufferers of psoriasis, finding a reliable treatment can be difficult, but prevention is often the best approach. NeuLuna's Day and Night Cream is a moisturizing solution that can address psoriasis symptoms before they even start. The main carrier oil in this cutting-edge formula is rosehip, which contains a significant concentration of oleic acid. Along with the oleic acid to suppress inflammatory effector cells and their production of cytokines, this twice-daily serum also features hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring emollient found throughout the body, particularly in the joints, eyes and skin. This complex sugar molecule is able to hold ~1,000 times its weight in water, making it an ideal moisturizer for dry, flaking and irritated skin. NeuLuna's patented formula boasts a novel biochemical design that penetrates to lower dermal layers, facilitating efficient HA delivery for rapid and long-lasting effects.
To better manage your psoriasis symptoms, tap the benefits of oleic acid and leave persistent plaques behind, visit our website and take a proactive step towards clear and healthy skin.