The Eczema Diet: Which Foods to Avoid & What You Should Be Eating

Have you noticed how after a week of eating processed foods high in sugar, your skin reflects your bad diet? You might notice your skin breaking out, or becoming dull, blotchy and irritated. This is because our skin often mirrors what is going on inside our bodies. Similarly, eczema sufferers will notice how consuming specific foods cause their eczema to flare up and become more inflamed (Diet and Eczema: The Facts, WebMD, 2014).

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The question is, can you get relief from eczema through your diet? Gluten, eggs, peanuts, dairy, soy, acidic foods and processed foods which are high in sugar, may all cause inflammation in your body which could aggravate your eczema. To manage your eczema, you could limit these foods in your diet and substitute them for the following options.

- Substitute dairy for almond, oat or coconut milk instead.
- Try quinoa in place of wheat based foods like bread and pasta.
- Eat plenty of plant protein sources like chia seeds, lentils and spinach rather than eggs.
- A diet high in natural, unprocessed wholefood with a healthy dose of fish, containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, could not only reduce inflammation in your body but may also help reduce eczema breakouts.
- Ensure that your gut flora is balanced and healthy by taking a daily probiotic to strengthen your digestive tract which might in turn have an affect on your skin.

 (Leaky Gut and Atopic Dermatitis, National Eczema Association).

The Eczema Diet: Which Foods to Avoid & What You Should Be Eating

We hope these diet tricks bring you some relief! Don't forget to continue to maintain and protect your skin’s moisture barrier by using a therapeutic soap like our Billie Goat Milk & Honey Soap Bar and keep your skin soft with daily use of our Billie Goat Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin. 

How has your diet affected your skin? Whether certain foods make your skin better or worse, let us know your story in the comments below.