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Skin Problems: Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis

Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis are all inflammatory skin conditions that are often related to:

  • Abnormal bowel ecology – overgrowth of unwanted organisms in the gut and a lack of good, healthy bacteria, also termed dysbiosis.
  • Food sensitivities – these are mild food allergies that are common, the reactions can be subtle and they are usually a delayed reaction, unlike conventional food allergies that are severe, potentially life threatening and immediate. Sensitivities can be caused by a specific antibodies called IgG or IgA antibodies, as opposed to serious food allergies that are caused by IgE antibodies. IgE antibodies are the ones that medical doctors test for by skin prick, that test does not check for IgG or IgA antibodies. Food sensitivities are difficult to determine without IgG and IgA testing because the reaction is not immediate and not severe and so it’s difficult to make the correlation with a particular food.
  • Inflammation due to: high insulin levels, food sensitivities, lack of essential fatty acids, poor diet in general.
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies like vitamin D and zinc.

Steroid creams that suppress the immune system often offer temporary relief, but we prefer to address the reason why the immune system is creating this excessive inflammation.

One of our naturopathic doctors can put together an individualized treatment plan that can help identify food sensitivities, cleanse and restore healthy gut ecology, reduce skin inflammation and advise you on the correct diet for you.

Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis Natural Medicine Research

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D insufficiency may be higher in psoriasis patients and it is also correlated with obesity. Source: J Am Acad Dermatol, 2012 Mar 1.

Vitamin D insufficiency in pemphigus vulgaris patients may exacerbate the disease through various immune related mechanisms.  Source: J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol, 2013 May 10; [Epub ahead of print].

Vitamin D supplementation in patients with atopic dermatitis was found to help ameliorate clinical signs of the disease.  Source: J Am Acad Dermatol, 2013 May 2

Probiotics/Good Bacteria:

Low intestinal microbial diversity may be connected to atopic eczema in infants.  Source: J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2011 Dec 6.

Long-term supplementation with standardized Lactobacillus rhamnosus cell lysate daily may improve skin symptoms and day- and night-time irritation in children with eczema. Source: Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets, 2010; 9(3): 192-6.

Probiotic supplementation during pregnancy prevented atopic eczema in offspring ages 2 to 7.  Source: Br J Nutr, 2011 July 26.

Infant supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 until 2 years of age reduces the prevalence of eczema at age 4. Source: Clinical & Experimental Allergy

Administration of probiotics in infants during gestation to 6 months of age reduced the prevalence of atopic eczema. Source: Arch Dis Child 2012; 97:A2

Probiotic supplementation in pregnant women was found to reduce the risk of the infant developing eczema in the first 24 months of life. Source: J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Oct 16.

Atopic dermatitis patients given Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 saw a lower total eosinophil count compared to baseline.  Source: Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2012 Nov;23(7):667-73. Epub 2012 Oct 11.

Vitamin E:

Third and fourth quartiles of serum alpha-tocopherol were associated with a 67% and 64% reduced risks respectively of atopic eczema in children aged 10-13. Source: Pediatr Allergy Immunol, 2010 Apr 30.

Blackcurrant seed oil:

Supplementation with blackcurrant seed oil in pregnant women and children up until 2 years of age was found to reduce prevalence of atopic dermatitis (33% vs. 47.3%) when infants were 12 months old. Source: Clin Exp Allergy, 2010 June 9.

Supplementation with black currant seed oil (alpha-linolenic and omega-3 combination) and prebiotics. Source: JAMA Dermatol, 2013 March; 149(3): 350-5.

Nutritional Supplements:

Administration of nutritional supplements was found to be effective at preventing atopic dermatitis in 11 of 17 studies, and at decreasing severity of atopic dermatitis in 5 of 6 studies. Source: JAMA Dermatol, 2013 March; 149(3): 350-5.

Nutritional supplementation was shown to be an effective method in preventing atopic dermatitis or decreasing its severity in infants and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Source: JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Mar;149(3):350-5.

Calendula:

Treatment of diaper dermatitis with topical calendula cream containing extract from C. officials flowers led to fewer rash sites.  Source: Scientific World Journal. 2012; 2012:810234.