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Supplements and Food That Have Helped My Eczema

Supplements and Food That Have Helped My Eczema

Having had eczema for the past 28 years, I have tried every possible thing under the sun that I could get my hands on to relieve my skin. I’ve tried meditation, yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and acupuncture, Reiki, Western herbs, the Elimination Diet, and various other lifestyle adjustments. While all of these modalities are great in their own right, one of the most immediately effective things that I’ve tried is adding supplements to my diet. Because my diet was very poor as a child—primarily consisting of pizza, ice-cream, burgers, candy bars and anything my mom would let me have, which was pretty much anything I wanted at the time—changing my nutritional game made one of the biggest differences in what I now choose to nourish my body and build my skin cells with.

Below are some of my personal favorite supplements, herbs and food for healing my eczema and my reasons why I like them.

Supplements and minerals

  • Evening Primrose Oil – This supplement always makes my skin feel softer and healthier on a deeper level. I also notice that rashes seem to heal faster.
  • Hemp/Flaxseed Oil – I feel like these supplements also help my skin heal and regenerate on a deeper level and if I have any active flare-ups, I find it to help them cool down as well, temperature-wise.
  • MSM – This is a sulfur derivative and I read that it is a mineral that is often missing from the diet because of all the processing done to food nowadays. It says that it is good for the skin, hair, and nails and I have seen results for all of those things when I am consistent with this supplement.
  • Probiotics – I have found both probiotic supplements and probiotic food like sauerkraut to be very helpful not only in helping me to digest food better, but I do notice that my skin tone is much more even and even feel smoother when I consume this.

Food

  • Papaya – This fruit contains natural digestive enzymes and every time I eat it, it does the same thing probiotics do for me, but times 10! Right now, visiting Fiji, papaya is so abundant that I’ve had it nearly every day I’ve been here for breakfast and my skin is so baby soft!
  • Avocado – Since I have dry skin, my skin loves it when I eat this healthy fatty fruit! I notice that if I’m starting to get flakey and I eat half to an entire fruit a day, my skin becomes noticeably more supple and less dry on its own.
  • Bittermelon – Being Filipina, I grew up with this vegetable as a child. My mom taught me that because it’s so bitter, it is a medicinal food, a good detoxifier for the blood. This vegetable while not as sweet, gives me the same effect that papaya does when I eat it regularly.

Hope you have found this article insightful and will try experimenting with at least one of them in your diet! You don’t know until you try!

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Comments

  • Linette Roungchun
    2 months ago

    Yummy! @eczema-phoenix it’s been over a year since this article so I am curious- how has your diet changed since then?

    I am also curious how/if any of these fantastic things have any adverse effects when consumed together? Or when put side by side with other fantastic supplements like Collagen? I’m just so curious and want to pick your brain lol. Years ago, I was happiest when my eczema was manageable and I was able to keep it controlled with exercise and supplements 🙂 I’m currently going through TSW and perhaps other things, so I’m not in the position to rely only on supplements, but definitely want to try to get back to that. Currently loving on my collagen, avocados, and papaya 🙂

    —Linette (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator

  • Terry Alabata author
    2 months ago

    Yes! I still have great benefits eating and taking all of these things even now. A part of me wonders if it’s because it’s food that my mom and ancestors typically ate? Also, they’re very cleansing a good for the liver, blood and digestion, so it also makes sense practically. I’ve never tried collagen, but that makes sense. I love oranges, leafy greens and other sources of vitamin C, though! Hope that you can get back to a place where you can incorporate more movement since circulation is great for getting toxins out of the blood and lymph fluid. Thank you for sharing and commenting!

  • Linette Roungchun
    2 months ago

    oh absolutely! last year I was very bad at that- my TSW was even worse and everything was just so painful I barely moved, and even allowed myself to sleep in most of the day. But now, I make myself move even though I don’t really go out atm. We all must exercise because our Lymphatic system needs us! 🙂 Though my skin restricts most areas of my body, I still make it a point to move somehow, because I definitely noticed the benefits now that I do 🙂

    I am of the same mindset btw- years ago I came across a book…though I cannot recall the title, it was about what diet you should be eating based on your genetic makeup. I agree with this school of thinking, but of course also believe where you were raised has something to do with what you should be eating as well, along with addressing your allergies, etc.

    Thanks for the response and the awesome work!!

    -Linette (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

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