Eczema is on the rise in Australia, with as many as one in four infants developing it before age 2. In the quest to heal the irritation and itching, there is no magic pill. However, there are nutrients that are scientifically proven to help. Here are three supplements for dry skin to try.
1. Vitamin D for eczema
Vitamin D is an immunomodulator, which just means that it helps the immune system function properly. Considering the association between eczema and allergies, this is a great thing. The “sunshine vitamin” also seems to help directly in the skin by suppressing inflammation, increasing antimicrobial peptide activity, and increasing the integrity of the permeability layer. In other words, vitamin D is on your skin’s side in three of the biggest struggles with eczema: inflammation, infection, and the breakdown of the skin’s protective barrier.
2. Zinc for eczema
Another hero of the immune system, zinc is showing some exciting results in studies. A new study showed that zinc works in the liver on a certain kind of interferon. By blocking this substance, zinc helped reduce the kind of immune response that causes tissue damage. It helps the immune system to fight infection without causing damage to the body.
3. Fish oil for eczema
Because a symptom of a deficiency in polyunsaturated fatty acids is rough, dry, itchy skin, it seems obvious that fish oil (a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids) would be a natural eczema treatment. Not only does it help the skin in the moment, but in the case of pregnant women, it seems to show long-lasting improvements. A recent study found that women who took fish oil during their pregnancies had babies that were 36% less likely to develop eczema. Although the exact way the fish oil worked is not known, the babies were also half as likely to develop an egg allergy. There seems to be some positive effect on the immune system.
There is no simple answer in the fight against eczema. But when diet, vitamins for eczema, and skin care come together to support skin health, beautiful things can happen. At Hope’s Relief, we offer eczema treatment products made with natural ingredients and are non-toxic and skin friendly.
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