Eczema is a highly unpleasant and irritating skin affliction that unfortunately is all too common. Eczema actually refers to a variety of skin conditions that lead to an irritated and inflamed outer skin layer that is usually accompanied by severe itching, blisters and rashes around the affected area. Eczema can occur almost anywhere, including the knee and elbow creases, the wrists and ankles, and the face.
Scientists aren’t exactly sure what causes eczema, although it’s commonly believed to be a combination of various dietary and environmental triggers, as well as stress and a genetic inclination to the affliction. Interestingly, a high percentage of eczema sufferers also have asthma, which might suggest a link between the two.
More Common Than You Think
At present, more then 2% of adults in America suffer from eczema, as well as an astounding 10% of infants. Research has shown that people who suffer from the most common form of eczema (atopic dermatitis), have skin that has lower levels of important fatty acids that are responsible for keeping the skin moisturized and healthy. Luckily, the absence of fatty acids in the epidermal level is something that can be easily replaced through natural means, including everyone’s favourite super food; the avocado.
An Avocado Eczema Cure
Avocado oil that is both included in a regular diet and as a topical treatment can help supplement the fatty acid levels in the skin. It isn’t a complete cure for eczema unfortunately, but it can significantly help to reduce the irritation.
On the other hand, people who have eczema also tend to have elevated levels of omega-6 fats from processed vegetable oils like corn, safflower oil and soybean oil. These all react with 5-LOX enzyme in the skin, which create inflammatory compounds called leukotrienes. Considering this, a reduction of these omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can be highly beneficial.
There are a few ways that you can swap out omega-6 fatty oils for avocado oil. Try using avocado oil as cooking oil, or as replacement for canola oil in recipes.
In a case of serious eczema, further professional help may be required. Although eczema is not contagious, scratching at outbreaks of it can lead to serious skin damage which are best to be avoided. Although prescription medicines and creams are useful, combating eczema usually requires a full dietary change.
Ways To Beat Eczema
- Make sure your digestive system is functioning well
- Reduce stress levels
- Eliminate environmental allergens
- Minimize chemical cosmetics on the skin
- Stop eating foods that contain allergens
Don’t rely on prescriptions to get rid of your eczema! Try natural ways first to rid yourself forever of this irritating skin condition.
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