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The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Skin Health by Dale Pinnock, the Medicinal Chef

Sunday June 24, 2018
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Dietary fats have a significant influence on the outer appearance and overall health of our skin, as the right kind of fats have anti-inflammatory properties.

Increasing the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation. Omega-3s are the building blocks the body uses to manufacture its inbuilt anti-inflammatory substances called prostaglandins 1 and 3. By contrast, omega-6 intake should be reduced as too much of this fatty acid can exacerbate inflammation.

Ensure a healthy ratio of essential fatty acids by cooking from scratch as often as possible, avoiding over-processed foods including the obvious omega-6 dominant foods such as crisps and ready meals.

Decreasing omega-6 and increasing omega-3 can have a significant impact on inflammation and any redness in the appearance of a skin lesion.


The Clear Skin Programme devised by experts at ethical vitamin company Viridian Nutrition, incorporates diet and lifestyle together with selected nutritional supplements and a nutritional oil.  

Developed to support optimal skin health, the Clear Skin Programme incorporates recipes from The Clear Skin Cookbook1 by TV chef Dale Pinnock, together with two supplements - Clear Skin Complex capsules and Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil - from Viridian Nutrition. 

The Clear Skin Programme has been tested in two in-depth surveys, one in 2013 and the other in 2017. Participants in the 2017 survey were required to take the Clear Skin Complex and Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil and follow a recipe from the Clear Skin Cookbook daily for 60 days.

The 20172 survey confirmed the 20133 results, and reported that 76% of participants described their skin condition to be ‘better’ or ‘much better’ after following the Clear Skin Programme for 60 days. 

The Clear Skin Complex Veg Caps is a specifically formulated blend of targeted botanicals, key minerals and fat soluble antioxidants in a base of probiotics.

The Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil 200ml is a blend of omega-3 dominant flax seed oil, perilla seed oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, argan oil, rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, pomegranate seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil and elderberry seed oil, certified organic by the Soil Association.

The Clear Skin Programme by Viridian Nutrition can be found at specialist health food stores by visiting 


1. The Clear Skin Cookbook, Dale Pinnock, Orion Publishing Company, ISBN: 9781409166382  

2. Clear Skin Project 2017, Carson J. BSc Hons 47 subjects following the Clear Skin Programme for 60 days.  

3. Clear Skin Project 2013, Thallon, C. 12 subjects following the Clear Skin Programme for 90 days.  

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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