10% of the world’s population is affected by Eczema at some stage of their life – but just how much of this suffering is caused by diet?
The simple answer is… it’s not that simple!
Atopis’ CEO and Chief Scientist, Dr. Iona Weir is a world expert in the relationship between skin and gut health, and today we’re going to help clear up some common misconceptions on this issue. If you want to learn more about gut health and how it affects your skin, check out our Gut Health Blog.
Looking for instant eczema relief? Our Dry Itchy Skin Cream has been made specially to combat the symptoms of skin conditions, including eczema. Our steroid-free cream works from below, balancing immune responses to relieve and repair your skin in the long-run.
What causes Eczema?
To understand whether or not your diet affects your Eczema, we first have to understand what REALLY causes your condition.
Every case of Eczema has an underlying genetic cause – if you haven’t inherited the genes giving you a propensity to Eczema, then you won’t get it!
This genetic basis of Eczema is solely responsible for negatively affecting your immune system and causing the symptoms which we all know as Eczema.
These symptoms manifest as a skin barrier dysfunction, caused by a defect in the protein called filaggrin. The lack of filaggrin misshapes the skin cells, causing the skin to become leaky and lose moisture.
Leaky skin also means allergens and irritants get beneath your skin’s surface, which causes your immune system to become sensitized and overreact to many environmental factors and foods – this is where the confusion arises!
The mysterious role of food in your Eczema condition
It is often mistaken that food and environmental factors are the cause of Eczema – but in reality, they are just a symptom of it.
Environmental factors such as pollen, wool, or dust can and do make Eczema worse, whilst food allergens can exacerbate your symptoms.
Many people avoid eating dairy due to preconceptions that it is a cause for their Eczema because every time they eat it their symptoms get worse – But eating dairy is not the reason you have Eczema!
Find out how it all works below.
The vicious Eczema feedback loop
Once your skin’s immune system becomes hypersensitive due to damage from Eczema – a vicious feedback loop with your gut begins.
Your gut begins to overreact to foods such as dairy because your skin’s’ immune system has become highly activated. This feedback loops back to the skin; which then further overreacts when you eat these foods.
This internal gut reaction creates the illusion that food is causing your Eczema when in reality your reaction to specific foods are just a symptom of your Eczema.
How to end the nasty Eczema/food feedback loop
A healthy gut microflora modulates or calms down your immune system, making you resistant to the negative effects of eating a particular food. This means you can maintain a regular diet without the concern of exacerbating your Eczema condition.
This is also true for your skin: a healthy skin microflora can calm your skin’s immune system and diminish your reaction towards environmental and food allergens.
If you can manage your immune system, you can manage your Eczema.
Basically, you need to calm your gut and skins’ immune system so that your body stops reacting to the things which cause your Eczema to flare up.
How Atopis Helps You Win The Battle Against Eczema
We have carefully formulated the Atopis Dry Itchy Skin Cream that helps relieve symptoms, balance your immune response, and repairs your eczema-affected areas.
Atopis Dry Itchy Skin Cream works in synergy with your immune system, so you can stop reacting to allergens and those frustrating environmental triggers mentioned earlier.
Within two weeks of use, this potent, all-natural therapy reverses the cell damage, and hydrates and restores the skin so the itching stops and the healing begins. Everybody’s skin microflora is unique, therefore the time it takes for skin to restore itself and heal will differ from person to person.