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    Can changing my diet help my eczema?

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Changing your diet will almost never help. For most people, the most important thing in causing eczema is contact with skin irritants. The most common irritants that people come in contact with are long, hot showers, soaps, bubble baths and low humidity environments, in particular ducted central heating will often trigger eczema. People often find if they go on an overseas plane trip, in the low humidity environment that that will also trigger eczema. There are some people for whom diet can trigger eczema, but it's probably around about 1 in 100 of eczema sufferers or even 1 in 1000, but it's certainly not the norm.

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    Kristen Ross

    Counsellor, Kinesiologist

    Kristen Ross is a qualified Kinesiologist, Counsellor and Sports Therapist.Affinity Wellness is her holistic wellness practice offering a holistic wellness experience by focusing on all … View Profile

    Changing your diet by reducing foods known to cause inflammation and acidity can have an effect on eczema and psoriasis. In fact there is a great Weston A Price article available online regarding the positive effect that taking Cod Liver Oil (high in vitamins D and A) has on severe psoriasis.  I currently have clients who have noticed changes to their skin since taking Cod Liver Oil as a supplement, you can vie the article here http://www.westonaprice.org/health-issues/skin-deep 
    Cutting out sugars and making sure that you are receiving enough of skin supporting nutrients such as Silica and Vitamin D can improve your skin dramatically, it is definitely worth doing some research into natural and dietary alternatives. Also make sure that you are drinking a good quality filtered water.

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