Eczema is a dermatitis that usually begins as patchy redness. If untreated, small breaks develop in the skin patches and can progress to scaling, thickening, and cracking. It most often occurs on the hands, but can appear anywhere on the skin. Although there are many triggers of eczema, one of the most common causes is food sensitivity. Eczema can also be caused by exposure to environmental agents such as chemicals, soaps, and detergents. Metal compounds in earrings, watches, or other jewelry (particularly metal alloys containing nickel) can trigger eczema.

Diet – Eczema

A careful elimination diet (see pp.205) can identify food sensitivities that trigger eczema. Themostcommonoffending foods are milk, eggs, fish, cheese, nuts, and food additives. Cold-pressed nut and seed oils are high in beneficial EFAs important for skin health and should be consumed regularly. Disturbances in fatty acid metabolism in the skin can produce or aggravate eczema; impaired production of omega-3 fatty acids and GLA can increase inflammation in the skin.

Micronutrients – Eczema:

  • GLA As 1–2 g evening primrose oil Can reduce inflammation and accelerate healing. Take with at least 100 mg vitamin E
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 1.0–1.5 g EPA from fish-oil capsules Skin salves containing EPA can also be applied to patches; take with at least 100 mg vitamin E
  • Zinc 50 mg Zinc-containing ointments can also be beneficial
  • Vitamin E 100–200 mg Can help regulate skin proliferation and reduce symptoms

Recommended food supplements:

Evening Primorse Oil - Ulje zutog nocurka - zdrava koza   C 300 Plus - Vitamin C od 300 mg u tabletama   D-drops   Vitamin E u tabletama   Omega 3 Concentrate   Organski Noni - Visoko koncentrovan