is a troublesome but common skin disorder that affects up to
15 percent of the population. In its acute form, eczema causes
inflamed red, dry, and itchy skin. Some patches may blister
and weep, and eventually, these areas may crust over. If the
eczema is a chronic problem, the skin will continue to itch
but may thicken and take on a leathery consistency. Usually,
dry scales develop, and the skin’s color may change.
cases are brought on by an allergic response. Sufferers may
be allergic to a certain food or to other substances; in either
case, it’s quite possible to have a reaction from ingesting
the allergen or just from touching it. If you can identify the
irritant and remove it, the eczema will usually disappear. But
if the skin continues to be exposed to the irritating factor,
the rash may spread and develop into a chronic condition. Stress
may aggravate acute eczema and keep it from resolving.
can appear in infancy or early childhood and most often develops
on the face and the head or in the folds of the elbows, the
knees, or the groin. In some cases, it will disappear as childhood
progresses and wither stay away for good or recur in adolescence
or adulthood. Chronic eczema is a complex condition that usually
involves a family history of eczema, asthma, or hay fever; difficulty
handling stress; or food sensitivity. It has also been linked
to abnormalities of the immune system, as well as to candidiasis
and low levels of essential fatty acids and deficiencies of
other nutrients that help keep down inflammation. Poor digestion
and detoxification can also be at the root of eczema. Like most
complicated ailments that involve the whole body and lifestyle,
holistic treatment is the best approach for both relief and
resolution. Conventional therapy for chronic cases is usually
quite frustrating for the patient, as it generally just suppresses
the skin problem and causes further spreading or intensifies
the symptoms. Treating the root cause(s) with natural therapies,
as described in this section, is, in our opinion, a superior
way to help resolve this aggravating condition.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective;
level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult
your doctor when taking any and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – Eczema
Prescription # 1 Super
Omega 3, 6 & 9 - LifeSource
Take a formulation that contains a mixture of omega-3,
6, and 9 fatty acids, as directed on the container. Children
can take this product at a daily dosage of 480 mg of EPA
Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and dryness,
and studies show that they heal eczema.
Prescription #2 Vitamin
C - LifeSource
Adults take 1,000 mg two to three times daily and children
500 mg two to three times daily. It reduces inflammation
and promotes skin healing.
Prescription #3 Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
Adults should take 1 ml of the tincture form or 300 mg
in capsules, while children can take 0.5 ml and 150 mg
with each meal. Burdock root has a cleansing effect on
Prescription #4 Evening
primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) - LifeSource
Adults can take 3,000 mg daily and children 1,000 mg daily.
It contains GLA (gamma linoleic acid), which has anti-inflammatory
effects on the skin. Some people with eczema need increased
amounts of GLA. It’s especially important if other
essential fatty acids, such as fish or flaxseed oil, have
not been helpful.
Prescription # 5 Vitamin
E - LifeSource
Adults should take 400 IU and children 200 IU daily. It
promotes skin healing and prevents the oxidation of essential
Prescription #6 Probiotics
– Dophilus Plus - LifeSource
Adults should take a formula that contains at least 4
billion organisms per daily dosage and children at least
2 billion. Friendly flora such as Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium
are involved with proper digestion, detoxification, and
of Acute Eczema
dry, swollen, and burning skin
A strong, almost overwhelming desire to scratch
Skin that blisters, oozes, and crusts over
Symptoms of Chronic Eczema
Recurring cases of acute eczema
Thick, dry skin with scaly patches
Root Causes of Acute Eczema
Contact with irritants (these can include but are not limited
to dyes, perfumes, topical medications, plants, metals, soaps,
wool, pollutants, and even sunlight)
Root Causes of Chronic Eczema
treatments of acute eczema (such as long-term topical steroid
Food allergies or sensitivities
An imbalanced immune system
Deficiency of or inability to process essential fatty acids
Low levels of stomach acid and poor digestion
Eat a diet
of basic, whole foods to encourage a healthy internal balance
and a balanced immune system.
consume essential fatty acids every day. Flaxseeds and flaxseed
oil are great sources; use the oil in dressings or sprinkle
the seeds on cereal or salads. Flaxseeds and their oil change
with heat, so do not bake with them or expose them to high temperatures.
Cold-water fish, especially salmon, mackerel, and herring, are
also good sources of EFAs.
or sunflower seeds daily. They are excellent sources of zinc,
a mineral that encourages the proper metabolism of essential
glass of clean water every two waking hours to flush out toxins
and to encourage skin health.
constipated, your body will have to find another way to get
rid of wastes—and that usually means that toxins are expelled
through the skin. Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
They’re full of fiber and will keep your digestive tract
A and beta-carotene are necessary for good skin health, so eat
your green leafy and orange-yellow vegetables. Their nutrients
are best delivered to your body when the food sources are raw,
juiced, or lightly cooked.
is a possible cause of eczema, so eat cultured or sour products
every day to stimulate the growth of “good bacteria.”
Foods to Avoid
all additives from your diet. Not only are additives likely
to cause a direct reaction, they contribute to a toxic internal
environment that can manifest in the skin.
whether you have an allergy or a sensitivity to any foods. Common
food triggers of eczema are dairy, citrus fruits, tomatoes,
soy, shellfish, eggs, wheat, and gluten.
eat saturated fat or solid fats, such as shortening or margarine.
They interfere with the metabolism of essential fatty acids.
from inflammatory foods, especially sugar, spicy foods, dairy,
caffeine, and alcohol. Sugar and caffeine also contribute to
anxiety and stress, so you have an extra reason to avoid these
are usually a sign that the body is poisoned, perhaps from allergenic
substances, toxic foods, or emotional stress. The following
suggestions will help you release those poisons.
of chronic eczema for adults, undertake a three-day juice fast
once a month to sweep away toxic build-up. Green drinks with
barley, spirulina, or blue-green algae detoxify the blood and
are especially supportive of an eczema fast. Children over the
age of five may use these green drinks under the guidance of
a nutrition-oriented doctor.
If you have an acute cause of eczema, you must avoid the offending
irritant. If the source of the irritation is not obvious,
review the possible triggers previously listed under “Causes
of Acute Eczema” and try to avoid or treat each one.
Exercise will help relieve stress and encourage detoxification.
A little morning sunlight on your skin promotes healing, so
take walks early in the day. If you live in a warm climate,
be careful. Don’t let your skin burn.