Omega-3 and skin ageing
This study will investigate whether an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can improve skin changes after menopause.
It is being carried out at Salford Royal Hospital (part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust) by a team of researchers from The University of Manchester. It is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
- White Caucasian women
- Aged 55-65 years old
- Post-menopausal (not taking HRT)
- No history of inflammatory skin disease (eg psoriasis or severe eczema)
- Not currently taking any blood thinners or anti-coagulants (eg warfarin)
- Dermatopharmacology Unit, Salford Royal Hospital
Taking part will involve:
- Taking a fish oil supplement in a gelatine* capsule for 12 weeks
- Completing two online questionnaires about lifestyle and skin health
- Two clinic visits which will include several non-invasive skin measurement tests will be carried out and a blood sample taken
Two optional skin measurements will be offered:
- Two skin biopsies, approx. 6mm in diameter taken from the buttocks
- Tape-stripping to measure how quickly the skin barrier can recover
*Supplement capsule contains fish oil and gelatine and is therefore not suitable for vegans/vegetarians.
Participants completing the study will receive a payment of £120. Additional payments will be made for those who undertake the optional measurements.
- 30 September 2025