Atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema) is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 3 million Americans per year. For many, it occurs in childhood and will often last well into adulthood. Eczema often presents itself as a rash that typically appears on the arms or behind the knees. Other characteristics of the condition may include extreme dryness, flakiness, and small bumps on the skin around the affected area.
Eczema can be linked to a gene variation, as it is more common to occur in those who may have a family history. It’s often caused by inflammation in the body, but can also be a response to the environment. Essentially, eczema compromises the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect itself from free radicals.
While there is no found cure for this chronic skin condition, there are many ways to regularly treat and manage flare ups.
Diet-wise, it is best to avoid any foods that are known to cause inflammation in the body. Some foods to eliminate from your diet:
- Citrus fruits
- Wheat or gluten
Some foods to include in your diet:
- Fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, albacore tuna, etc.)
- Foods with probiotics to promote gut health (coconut yogurt with live & active cultures, kefir, kombucha, and other fermented foods)
- Foods with inflammation-fighting flavonoids (blueberries, apples, broccoli, spinach, and kale)
Avoid harsh soaps and fragranced products, and keep the affected areas moisturized. Below are a few products that I recommend: