In todays's vlog, I'm going to be talking about the best eczema supplements to clear and calm your skin. I want to help you naturally support your body with the right supplements for skin health. If you have been struggling with an itchy rash, scaly skin and want to find a way to heal eczema naturally, I’m going to help you figure out the best supplements for eczema so you can take back control and feel better on your terms.
As a Dr of Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine Expert I am passionate about helping you discover a healing eczema treatment by working with your body holistically. Not only have I successfully helped clients struggling with eczema symptoms clear their skin, I have also successfully overcome skin problems myself.
So if you’re struggling with eczema and wondering which eczema supplements could help you find relief naturally, then you are in the right place.
Let’s dive in.
what is eczema?
Eczema is a skin disease characterised by red, cracked, itchy, flaky, scaly skin commonly affecting the arms and the area behind the knees. According to dermatologists, eczema is the skin’s inflammatory reaction to specific environmental and physical irritants.
What does Eczema look like?
Eczema is one of those skin rashes which itch and leaves sufferers with red, cracked, itchy, flaky, scaly skin.
• Flaky, inflamed skin
• Dry, broken, or cracked skin
• The appearance of reddish or brown patches
• Severe itching that gets worse at night
• Small, raised bumps that leak fluid when scratched
• Formation of thickened, leathery skin upon healing
is eczema contagious?
Eczema isn’t contagious, but when untreated, eczema can lead to severe complications such as neurodermatitis, impetigo, and eye conditions like blepharitis and conjunctivitis.
Who is at risk of eczema?
According to statistics, 1 or 2 out of 10 people (10-20%) will have eczema in their lifetime. This skin disease is most common in children, but it can become chronic and continue until adulthood. For some people, eczema develops at a later stage in life. Although the exact cause of eczema is still unknown, studies suggest that it can be a combination of dry skin and a disorder in the immune system.
Those with eczema have what I call ‘leaky skin’. They have an impaired skin barrier where their skin is more permeable than usual. As result water can evaporate from their skin much more quickly than the average person. They are therefore more prone to dry, flaky and dehydrated skin. They are also more sensitive to ingredients which seep in and irritate sensitive skin leading to inflammation.
The good news is there is a whole lot you can do for this condition through nutrition, and supplementation to help manage eczema. If you’re struggling with this condition and you are looking for a way to support your body naturally through supplementation, then let's dive into the best natural supplements for eczema.
SHOP SKIN SUPPORT
SUPPLEMENTS FOR CLEAR SKIN
Multi-Nutrients (Best Vitamins For Eczema)
The basis for all supplement routines should ideally be a good quality multi-nutrient. I often hear the argument that we shouldn’t need supplements if we’re eating a healthy diet.
The truth is that many of us have digestive issues, which means that we find it difficult to get the maximum benefit from our food. Illness, food intolerances, medications, and stress are just a few of the factors that can increase your need for nutrients.
A good quality multi-nutrient can be extremely beneficial when addressing eczema. Two minerals, in particular, chromium and selenium, have been shown to be effective in alleviating eczema. They support the body by lowering blood sugar, regulating insulin, reducing cholesterol, and relieving inflammation.
For noticeable results, an individual should take approximately 200 mcg of chromium and 15-30 mg of selenium per day.
Oils For Eczema
Essential fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation. It is vital that you balance your level of Omega-3 to Omega-6. Since the modern-day diet is high in Omega-6, most people would benefit from adding approximately 1000 mg of EPA Omega-3 fish oil to their diet.
Also, keep in mind that not all fish oils are created equally! It is essential that you choose a high-quality fish oil. The recommended dosage is approximately 1000mg of EPA.
If you are vegan, then don’t worry there are now plenty of high-quality Omega-3 supplements on the market made from algae.
You may also benefit from introducing additional time-released vitamin C. Recommended dosage is approximately 500 mg twice daily.
We need proper levels of beneficial bacteria to keep the digestive tract healthy. Several factors can kill off the good bugs in our gut, leaving the body susceptible to invasion from viruses, pathogens, and parasites. Things that can wipe out your beneficial bacteria include medications, sickness, alcohol, chlorine, a poor diet, and the contraceptive pill.
Choosing a probiotic supplement can often be confusing. My top tips are to make sure it has at least one billion beneficial bacteria and that it is high in bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.
One or two capsules per day are usually enough. However, if your beneficial bacteria levels are deficient, then you may need a more significant dose to regain your balance. The recommended dosage is AT LEAST 1 billion CFU daily.
To feed the beneficial bacteria, you should introduce prebiotics such as fructo-ogliosaccharides into your daily routine. Some probiotics come with prebiotics as part of the mix, whereas others you will need to add the prebiotics alongside.
CORE SUPPLEMENT PROTOCOL
Together these supplements represent the core Body Wisdom Supplement Protocol. I recommend using this as your foundational supplement protocol. I created my Body Wisdom Wellness Programmes to help you then tailor this protocol to meet your individual health needs. In those programmes, I invite you to add additional special repair supplements. The core protocol is designed for you to take daily over the long term.
In each my Body Wisdom Wellness Programmes, I show you how to customise your supplement protocol based on your biochemical imbalances. To get started, however, I have researched those nutrients which are typically recommended for eczema. While I don’t know your circumstances or the current underlying imbalances causing your eczema, these may be worth considering. Below most of these, you will the recommended daily intake, however, please check the amount recommended on the label.
While a multi-nutrient will provide you with a lovely selection of vitamins and minerals, I also like to add in some extras of a few nutrients. Most combined supplements don’t contain high enough levels of a few specific nutrients. The first vitamin I recommend taking more of vitamin D.
Most of us spend way too much time inside, but we’re designed to get sunlight every day. This lack of beautiful sunshine can leave us vitamin D deficient paving the way for fatigue, pain, cramps, weight gain, restless sleep, headaches, and poor concentration.
Your daily recommended amount can depend on where you live, so check out your government’s recommended amounts before supplementing. The best vegetable sources of vitamin D are from freshwater algae, sea vegetables, edible weeds, and shitake mushrooms.
The recommended dosage is approximately 1000-5000ui daily depending on where you live. Please check recommendations for your country.
For optimal absorption consider taking digestive enzymes with your meals. These will help to keep your digestive system in working order. There are numerous types to choose from, and some supplements include more than ten different enzymes. The key ones to look for are a protease, which digests protein; amylase for digesting carbohydrates; lipase for digesting fats; and cellulose for insoluble fibre.
Cultured veggies, apple cider vinegar, and proper food combining are excellent for helping your digestive system break down foods.
The recommended dosage is approximately one to two capsules daily before each meal.
One of the factors which can lead to eczema is increased intestinal permeability also known as leaky gut. If your gut becomes damaged then larger undigested food molecules can pass over into our blood stream causing your immune system to hit the panic button.
This creates a cascade of inflammatory reactions causing skin irritations such as eczema. If you are suffering from eczema it is therefore important to work on healing your gut. To nourish and heal you intestinal lining then you could introduce either slippery elm or glutamine.
Antioxidants can help eczema prone skin by reducing skin damage and by keeping your skin moisturised. Antioxidants prevent the skin smooth, glowing, and irritation-free. One antioxidant that is especially beneficial for eczema is Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA). This antioxidant is 50 to 100 times more potent than Vitamins C and E.
Zinc has been shown to be beneficial to the immune system. A robust immune system is vital for helping support your skin health. Zinc plays a crucial role in skin repair and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It can help reduce the inflammation associated with eczema.
Supplement approximately 40-300 mg of zinc two or three times daily for 4-12 weeks.
Grape Seed Extract
Aside from its antioxidant properties, grape seed extract encourages skin repair and growth of healthy skin cells. It nourishes the skin by ensuring that it gets the right amount of oxygen and nutrients.
The recommended dosage is approximately 30-100 mg daily.
Cinnamon is critical for balancing blood sugar levels. It’s a natural insulin sensitiser, so it stabilises glucose uptake from the fat cells.
Keep it simple by adding around one teaspoon to your daily diet.
Grab Your Toolkit
When it comes to selecting supplements, it’s essential that you purchase them from good quality brands such as our Nourish Blends Supplement Range.
I know that supplements can be a minefield, which is why I want to help you get started.
This will not only help you figure out which foods to avoid if you have eczema, it will also give you a rundown of all the supplements I recommend for eczema including the dosages. You can then download and this print off.
In this toolkit, I also give you my top testing recommendations to help you investigate which underlying imbalances could be affecting you so you can take the guesswork out of your treatment strategy.
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I’ll see you in the next vlog and until then remember, your body never works against you so put it on speaker phone and let it guide you to health and happiness.
I'm Dr Christy Fergusson Ph.D. I am a Doctor of Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Nutritional Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hay House Author. I have a Ph.D., MSc and BA Hons in Psychology; I'm a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Nutritional Therapist with the British Association of Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy and a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Through a combined integration of my expertise in nutrition, psychology and hypnotherapy I launched my company The Food Psychologist and quickly become the ‘go to’ food psychology expert in the UK. I'm the food psychologist from Channels 4′s Secret Eaters, a former Sun columnist and in-house nutritionist at Women’s Health Magazine. I published my first book 'Hot, Healthy, Happy' with Hay House in 2013.