Eczema appears as chronic, itchy inflamed skin or dry, red and scaly patches. Atopic eczema is the most common form, though mostly seen in childhood, it can recur later in life. Seborrheic eczema affects the scalp and face and can develop at any age, whilst irritant contact dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by irritant substances often found in cleaning products, toiletries and in preservatives, adhesives or some synthetic materials.


A good place to start is to eliminate major allergens which include milk, eggs and peanuts. In fact, dairy, red meat, sugar, tea, coffee, alcohol and wheat can also make eczema worse and it is worth a little bit of trial and error, eliminating some foods to see how you react.

It is sometimes hard to know what triggers eczema, but it is also helpful to avoid known possible irritants by looking closely at what is in shampoos, cosmetics, toiletries, washing powders and cleaning materials. Avoiding unnecessary chemicals, parabens and sulphates is a good idea.

Acid and Alkaline

Sugar, meat, dairy and caffeine are acid-forming foods and best restricted. Try to increase alkaline foods and include a Supergreen powder. See Amazing Grass Alkalise Detox Green Superfood, Terranova Life Drink, KIKI Health Nature’s Living Superfood and Marcus Rohrer Spirulina

Supporting Skin from the Inside

The skin is the body’s largest route of elimination so when something is not right you can soon see the skin react. Helping other organs to run without a toxic load, will in turn, effect the skin.

It is really helpful to think about your liver, kidneys and bowel as a starting point in helping your skin. This means plenty of water, fibre and fresh organic foods whilst avoiding processed foods that contain additives.

Supporting gut health is key so it could be worth supplementing your diet with a probiotic as they have been shown to reduce incidents of allergies and eczema. See Living Nutrition Your Flora, Living Nutrition Your Daily  Kiki Health Body Biotics or Bodyism Ultra Probiotic

Vitamin D has also been shown to have an effect on the severity of eczema so this is also something to consider if your exposure to the sun is low. See Natural Health Practice Vitamin D3, Terranova Vitamin D3, Hifas da Terra Bio-Ganoderma

Omega 3 Oils (Fish and Flaxseed Oil) have been shown to be helpful in studies, as this helps balance the ratio of omega 3 to 6. Omega 3 has often been found to be low in people with eczema. Omega 3 Krill or fish oil have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties and are very important for skin health. See KIKI Health Krill Oil and Bare Biology

Zinc is also helpful as this mineral has also been shown to be low in many cases. This is found mainly in protein sources, good vegetarian sources are nuts, beans and oats.

Flavanoids have natural antihistamine and anti-allergy compounds. Quercetin (in red onions, apples, berries), Grape Seed, Bilberry, Gingko biloba and Green Tea

Stress can have a huge impact on eczema and inflammation so it is important to find ways to relax and unwind.