Alleviating Eczema And Psoriasis

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Many people choose to seek natural remedies for alleviating eczema and psoriasis. These skin problems can give one a lot of discomfort and for some may be debilitating. Most of us use the term eczema and psoriasis very loosely and yet these two concerns are similar, yet distinctly different. The terms eczema and psoriasis are both of Greek origin. Eczema literally means ‘to boil out’ whilst psoriasis means ‘to itch’. Eczema affects both children and adults whereas psoriasis seems to predominantly affect adults. Surveys suggest that nearly 20% of children living in UK, and five percent of the adult population suffer from eczema whilst three percent of the adults suffer from psoriasis. When you put these percentages into numbers, we are talking in terms of millions of sufferers and it is no wonder that there are hundreds of both natural and pharmaceutical products aimed at both these concerns.

With eczema, the itch starts before the rash develops, whilst with psoriasis there is an increased growth in the outer part of skin, which gets inflamed resulting in white thick layers of skin. Both eczema and psoriasis are potentially allergic concerns that can be triggered by environmental factors, external allergens and even food intolerances. Although not fully understood, psoriasis has a hereditary component and may be triggered by stress and infections. Whilst there are different types of eczema and psoriasis, essentially the treatment for these concerns remains similar.

How to treat eczema and psoriasis

Conventional treatments for eczema and psoriasis include the use of steroidal creams, which is something that many people wish to avoid. Although these work rapidly, there is a tendency for the development of tolerance and often increasingly potent steroid creams are prescribed on an ongoing basis. Aside from this problem, steroids can get into the bloodstream and may have an action on other parts of the body.

Particularly with eczema, and to a lesser extent with psoriasis, it is important to stop the urge to itch. Itching causes the spread of underlying toxins to nearby tissue exacerbating the problem and in severe cases can cause bleeding which can lead to infections. It is vital to moisturise and hydrate the skin both topically and from within the body. With a vast array of topical creams available on the market, making the right choice can be confusing. Many dermatologically tested creams contains fragrances, petrochemical derivatives, commercial grade lanolin and parabens which can actually instigate itching and skin discomfort.

Creams that are suitable for both eczema and psoriasis should be completely free from perfumes, petrochemicals, parabens and hydrate the skin effectively, such as Vitamin B-12 Cream by LifeFlo. Vitamin B-12 is known for its anti-stress and energising properties. Its ability to transmit these properties to skin means that some cosmetic companies include this within their formulation for anti-ageing creams. Specifically for inflammatory skin disorders, studies indicate that vitamin B-12 when applied topically inhibits the production of inflammatory chemicals within skin thus preventing inflammation and easing itching.

Vitamin B-12 Cream also contains:

  • Aloe Vera which has a long history of use in healing skin. Aloe Vera contains large molecules called polysaccharides which help to soothe inflamed skin. It also is rich in vitamin E and cools the skin.
  • Sangre De Grado is a rainforest herb that helps to renew and restore lipids (natural oils) within skin which is essential for preventing the skin from drying out. It also displays anti-inflammatory properties and is mildly antiseptic.
  • Avocado Oil which is packed with vitamins A,D and E as well as beta carotene. Aside from hydrating skin, Avocado Oil is thought to boost collagen production making skin more resilient to aggravation from internal toxins.
  • Vitamin D is absolutely essential for healthy skin. Without vitamin D, skin dries out quicker and is prone to inflammation. Some well known prescription creams for psoriasis contain vitamin D because it helps to normalise cell manufacture which is disrupted in psoriasis.

To summarise, Vitamin B-12 Cream soothes, protects, hydrates, calms inflamed skin and is absolutely suitable for even the most sensitive skin types including children.  SELEXIR Peace Balm caters to the needs of extremely dry, sensitive and irritated skin, using active seed oil compounds extracted from blackcurrant seeds and black cumin, traditionally known for their anti-inflammatory properties as well as restoring healthy skin function.

Best supplements to treat eczema and psoriasis

Observational studies indicate that the consumption of oily fish, ideally on a daily basis, can help to reduce the symptoms of most inflammatory skin concerns including eczema and psoriasis. For most of us, our dietary intake of oily fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids is simply not sufficient on a weekly basis let alone on a daily basis. These essential fatty acids appear to improve our immune system’s response to inflammation and thus encourage quicker healing of skin. Unfortunately, our diet tends to be very high in omega 6 fatty acids derived from vegetable oils, eggs, poultry, cereals, nuts and wholegrain breads. Omega 6 fatty acids are converted into inflammatory molecules within our bodies. It is therefore vital to increase our dietary intake of oily fish and preferable to take the cleanest and most utilised form of omega 3 by way of using a supplement called Power of Krill.

In recent years, there has been compelling research indicating that eczema is associated with a faulty skin barrier. This defect in the skin’s barrier function allows irritants and bacteria to enter the skin easily causing inflammation and at the same time allows the dehydration of skin. This barrier is composed mainly of ceramides and lipids which act like mortar holding the cells in place. Ceramides are present in many of the foods we eat including wheat and rice but the problem is that we cannot get sufficient quantities to optimally rejuvenate skin. Fortunately, there is a supplement containing ceramides called Skin Restoring Phytoceramides. Ceramide supplementation has proven to be effective in combating the itching and inflammation caused by eczema and psoriasis. In addition, ceramide supplementation has been shown to normalize skin surface lipids and reduce chronic dry skin in patients with these conditions.

I would also urge anyone suffering from these concerns to look at their diet. Food allergies are known to be involved in eczema and to an extent in psoriasis too. The most common food allergen is gluten and hence it would be prudent to reduce wheat and some other grains. Dairy products, tomatoes and potatoes are also big culprits that may cause inflammation.

I really believe that you do not have to use dangerous medicines to alleviate eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. An inside-outside approach using a fragrance-free topical cream such as Vitamin B-12 Cream and an appropriate supplement mentioned above when used diligently will help almost everyone.

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Hair Skin Nails, Shabir Daya | , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • Jess

    My daughter has just starting having eczema breakouts seemingly out of nowhere. She doesn’t have dry skin and has now got itchy red patches on her hands, elbow creases and under the eyes. Any advice gratefully received. What confuses me is that her skin is usually fantastic and very soft and most of the products I look up are aimed at dry skin.

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    Dear Jess, eczema normally presents itself with dry and itchy skin which is why most products are aimed at alleviating dry skin. Selexir Peace Balm not only counters dry skin but also has an excellent anti-inflammatory base for calming down inflammation and encouraging healing of skin. Shabir

  • Grace Forbes

    Dr Shabir, My grand daughter age 7 has small amounts of Vitiligo on her knees, elbow and over her eye lids. we are now changing her diet to help.. Can u tell me honestly of this cream would help in any way. i have not seen any reviews relating to your cream helping Vitiligo.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Grace, vitiligo is considered an autoimmune condition where the antibodies destroy the pigment cells. Other possibilities include eczema where the inflammation disturbs the pigment cells causing these paler patches. If the lack of pigment is due to eczema, whilst the creams may not directly work to restore the pigment, what they will do is calm the inflammation and prevent it getting worse and hopefully the pigment cells may restore their function. Shabir

  • Grace Forbes

    Many thanks for your prompt reply We live in Derby in the Uk.. I managed to find a registered Herbalist and she has been great. Her prescription includes: animal parade gold liquid – children multivitamin and ViridiKid organic Omega-3 oil supplement. Have we missed anything apart from the B12 cream..any input would be appreciated…please…Grace

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    Hi Grace, No I am happy with the regimen though I would also consider using some pomegranate juice since it detoxifies the liver and has been known to help. Shabir

  • Grace Forbes

    many thanks again for your advice…G

  • Izzi Reynaud

    I’m sure you don’t mean to come across as patronising, but… I’ve had chronic scalp psoriasis for decades (and a little on my body) and never had anyone in the medical profession say food groups, or specific things have an impact on psoriasis. I spent lots of money and months with a herbalist trying to get on top of it – no improvement. I spent over a year on a low-carb diet to lose weight, because I’d been slowly piling on the pounds. I followed the Dukan diet. It’s low fat and very low-carb (no gluten for me) and I lost nearly 28 pounds in weight, but during all the time I was on it, it made not one tiny bit of difference to the severity of the psoriasis.

    Why do people say that psoriasis can be treated or helped in much the same way as eczema. They don’t have the same basis. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease. So that notion is illogical to me. We use creams to help with the flaking skin, but that’s all we have in common. They won’t fix an over-active immune system.

    I’m all for eating well (lots of veggies, fruit and lean proteins) and taking supplements to help as ourselves from the inside out, but unless you’ve lived with psoriasis and felt awful, every day; struggling to ‘put a smile on’ – then you really need to understand that sufferers shouldn’t be discouraged from using medications, because they’re getting better every week and aren’t all ‘dangerous’.

    After all, some plants are dangerous too… killers even!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Izzy, completely get your point which is why the second paragraph highlights the fact that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is still not fully understood with the most common treatment being steroidal creams and sprays and in the worse case scenarios PUVA light treatment. However this is only alleviating the flaky skin and is not a cure and it is for these reasons that many people choose not to use these harsh creams and treatment and seek more gentler remedies. After all, we all have a choice! Not patronising at all! Best wishes Shabir

  • Polly

    Hi Shabir,

    My husband who’s 50 has been suffering with itchy skin that is sore and inflamed in the head, beard, chest and arm pit region for some time now. He suffers from dry flaky skin on his face too. He has had mild psoriasis around his ear area in the past. He is using various creams prescibed by his GP namely Dermol wash, Zerobase. Also uses Nirozal shampoo with T gel with coal tar shampoo to no effect. He has had some digestive issues on and off but no medication prescribed. He does take a statin regularly. Also takes a multi vitamin, vitamin C and D. Any suggestions please ?

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    Hi Polly, I am not a lover of tar shampoos and numerous other medications which leave the skin dry and certainly the hair completely out of condition. Instead your husband may wish to consider the use of the Carina range of Botanical Therapeutic products consisting of creams which you can massage anywhere on the body including the scalp. The range also comprises a shampoo/ body wash and a conditioner to leave on the scalp for five minutes allowing the actives to work. I have attached a link here to the range – https://www.victoriahealth.com/brand/Carina-Organics/39

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    please keep us informed if you can.

  • molly

    Hi there could you please recommend a cream for my 5 year old son . He has eczema mostly dry patches no bleeding . He constantly scratches his genital area . Our doc says to use the usual creams that do nothing and I’m not keen on a steriod cream . It’s such a shame the itch drives him mad. Thanks you in advance .

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    Hi Molly, Life-flo’s Vitamin B-12 cream might be a good option since it contains aloe vera to calm and soothe itchy skin although we have just launched a new cream called Basix Skin Defence which also contains aloe vera together with a host of herbal extracts including one from the African Sausage Tree which has had very favourable feedback. Basix cream can be used as often as required.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Crystal May

    Can hylauronic acid supplements help moisturize and repair severe dry skin from the inside out? I’m 21 years old and the skin on my face and lips are EXTREMELY dry, cracked, chapped, scaly, and rough. It’s not soft, smooth, supple, plump, radiant, or firm at all. I drink excessive a mounts of water daily, eat a lot of wild salmon fish, beans, soups, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and nuts and my skin is still rough, scaly, and dry. Can hyaluronic acid oral supplementation help???? I’ve already tried prescription creams, ointments, gels from doctors and they’ve all made my skin 10x times worse.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Crystal,
    Skin basically requires hydration to plump up skin cells and to ensure toxins that the cells produce are eliminated in the “water” environment and lipids to help prevent dehydration and to maintain elasticity and suppleness.

    Hydration can be supplied with hyaluronic acid capsules which also help with the manufacture of collagen and the lipids can be maintained by skin restoring ceramides.

    It seems to be me that there is some inflammation within the body that is causing this dry, cracking and rough skin. It might be prudent to consider taking Burdock Root capsules to cleanse the bloodstream of toxins.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Crystal May

    Thank you for replying Shabir :)

    You mentioned that there could be possible inflammation within my body despite drinking frequent water, eating fruits & vegetables daily and eating foods that are healthy and filled with fiber. Could there still be an inflammation within the body despite eating very nutritiously??

    Could the Burdock Root supplements also help with skin issues e.g. chronic dry, scaly rough skin, regenerating and repairing it as well as healing Inflammation naturally???

    I’m sorry if this is too much questions. It’s just that I’m really trying to find a supplement or vitamin that can help heal and add moisture to the skin.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Crystal, not a problem – inflammation arises not just as a result of one’s diet – factors such as stress, hormonal imbalances, poor digestion or less than optimal digestion as well as the lack of digestive enzymes and of course environmental and chemical aggressions all play a part in inflammation within the body.
    Burdock root certainly helps numerous skin concerns by aiding in the removal of compounds liable to cause inflammation.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

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    Hi Crystal, whether you suffer from dry lips or dry skin conditions, omega 3’s are vital for helping to restore ceramides in skin which are oil-based particles that impart moisture to skin but aside from this property they are required for multiple processes carried out within our bodies from hormone production, colon cleansing and so on. For exceedingly dry skin, please also consider the rarer omega 7 which has been shown to greatly alleviate inflammatory dry skin concerns including eczema.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir