Food, Health

Our top tips to manage eczema

What is eczema?

There are many different types but atopic eczema is the most common type. It causes your skin to become dry, itchy and cracked. Whilst it’s usually more common for children, it can develop at any point in your life including in your adult life.

Eczema tends to be a chronic condition (long-term) but can improve over time or even clear up completely when treated right.

Symptoms of eczema

Atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) usually causes the body to have small patches of dry and itchy skin, although it can show as larger and more widespread dry patches on the body.

It is most commonly found on your knees, elbows and hands but can also flare up on the face and scalp.

Eczema tends to come and go but usually flares up due to a trigger e.g. an allergy.

What are the causes?

Unfortunately, there’s not one specific thing that can flare up eczema and it’s different for every person. The most common causes are allergies and sensitivities. Eczema can be triggered through asthma and hay fever but it can also be hereditary.

A lot of the time, eczema can flare up when you are sensitive/ allergic to certain foods.

What foods can trigger eczema?

Although different for everyone, the most common trigger foods to avoid are:

– Gluten

– Eggs

– Dairy

– Spices

– Soy

– Citrus

What foods can help when you have eczema?

It’s best to try foods that are anti-inflammatories as this can help fight against any inflammation and may reduce your symptoms. Some experts suggest trialling a vegan diet too as this may also help reduce your skin inflammation.

– Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

– Fruits & vegetables

Organic foods

– Omega-3 fatty acids

– Vitamins C & D, probiotics and zinc

– Cook with cod liver, olive, coconut or hempseed oil

As our apple cider vinegar is both organic and probiotic, we heavily recommend you get your daily dose of ACV. Try our turmeric & black pepper with honey ACV! As turmeric is a commonly known anti-inflammatory and honey also has anti-inflam and antibacterial properties, they may both help to reduce your symptoms.

How to treat eczema

It may be triggered from food allergies, so we suggest keeping a meal diary. With this, you are to note down what you’re eating and drinking and then make a note of when your eczema starts to flare up. This should assist you in narrowing down what your food allergies are, if you have any.

Another top tip is to avoid hot showers and baths and to make sure that you moisturise daily!

You should also make sure that you’re letting fresh air circulate in your bedroom and in the office etc.

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