I read a very interesting article on the use of Almonds and Almond oil on skin health the other day and wanted to share. Almonds contain protein and good fats, can have anti inflammatory activity, and are full of antioxidants.
Almonds have been used medicinally for hundreds of years, but I rarely see any research on them. As a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto, these studies were quite exciting to find!
In 2019 and 2021 there were a couple of small studies of post-menopausal women who, for 16+ weeks, consumed 20% of their calories from almonds vs a control group which had a calorie matched snack. Both studies showed a reduction in "wrinkle severity" in the almond eating group. Please note, consuming 20% of your daily calories from almonds is about 60 almonds/day AND almond milk doesn't have many of the same properties of whole almonds.
There were also a couple of small studies in 2021 that showed reduced redness in the skin and photo-protection from almond consumption.
Last but not least, there was a study in 2020 using almond oil combined with colloidal oatmeal as a treatment for hand dermatitis. The treatment was shown to be safe and effective.
Although these studies are on almonds specifically, many nuts and seeds have similar properties and I would extrapolate that other nuts/seeds may have similar effects on the skin.