Eczema is a dry and problematic skin condition that causes huge amounts of discomfort and a lack of confidence. It is sore patches of skin that become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked and also rough.
Affecting both children and adults it is also known as atopic dermatitis and allergic eczema.
Eczema sufferers are sensitive to many artificial chemicals, but did you know natural food chemicals also trigger eczema?
According to Karen Fischer, author of ‘The Eczema Detox’, phytochemicals are the number one reason eczema becomes inflamed in conjunction with our diet. Phytochemicals are natural ‘plant’ chemicals that act as a protective barrier for fruit, vegetables and legume groups against exterior nasties such as insects.
Essentially, what we put in our bodies is a reflection of our exterior self. As eczema is an inflammatory disease we need to therefore be mindful with what we eat, especially when we have a skin condition.
Foods With High Amounts Of Phytochemicals.
Red, blue, dark greens and purple fruits all contains high amounts of phytochemicals with tomatoes, spinach and avocado all containing the highest amount. Vegetables and fruit that are lighter in colour will predominantly carry less phytochemicals, therefore stick to fruit and vegetables such as celery, leeks and iceberg lettuce.
Other Foods To Avoid
Other than foods that have high amounts of phytochemicals, there are also other foods as an eczema sufferer to avoid. Food-sensitive eczema reactions will typically occur about 6 to 24 hours after a person eats a particular food. If the symptoms get worse after adding a particular food to the diet, it should be avoided all together. Some common foods that may trigger an eczema flare-up include:
- Citrus Fruits
- Dairy (cow)
- Gluten or Wheat
- Spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon
- Artificial foods with high amounts of sugar
Foods To Add Into Your Diet
As skin is most healthy when it is moisturised and hydrated, sticking to food with high omega fatty acids are a good way to help nourish the skin. Certain fish such as mackerel and sardines contain high amounts of omega fatty acids, as well as oils such as flaxseed oil and cod liver oil. Chia seeds are also high in omega 3s so make sure you incorporate these into your diet as much as possible.
Thank Goat Skincare
Don’t forget, although our diet is very important for Eczema, a daily application of a topical based treatment will also help. Our goats milk Day + Night cream can help to protect your skin’s moisture barrier with its high amount of omega fatty acids that are found in goats milk. Different to cows milk, goats milk is the closest pH level to our skin, making it a gentle ingredient to use on even the driest skin conditions.