How Dietary Supplements Helped My Eczema (From the NEA Community)

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By National Eczema Association

Published On: Jul 20, 2022

Last Updated On: Aug 23, 2022

Eczema can be an uncomfortable condition to live with. It can cause itchy skin, rashes, dry skin and, in severe cases, immune system problems. Luckily, there are many effective eczema treatments, including home remedies, skin care products, treatments performed in dermatology offices and supplements for you to chose from. Depending on the severity of eczema, supplements can be a natural and effective alternative to medical treatment. They are particularly effective for atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.

When looking for a supplement to help manage the symptoms of eczema, there are a couple health benefits to look for on the label. Try to find supplements which include:

  • Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Vitamin A
  • Omega-3
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin C
  • Probiotic supplement
  • Vitamin D
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Borage oil.

A multi-vitamin often has most, if not all, of these ingredients.

But it’s not just the supplement ingredients that matter; the integrity of how they were produced and the scientific research behind them are important too. Try to find supplements supported by clinical trials with a placebo group. You also want to make sure the research is peer-reviewed and can be replicated by others. Searching for a meta-analysis, a systematic review of all available research on a topic, can be a helpful resource for an overview on a supplement‘s effectiveness.

You should also look for a supplement with no harmful irritants or allergens. If there are allergens, the supplement may not be an effective treatment of atopic dermatitis. Additionally, those who don’t eat meat will want to avoid supplements with omega-3 as it comes from fish oil.

If you’re confused on where to start, we don‘t blame you! Supplements for eczema can be a confusing topic. The best course of action is to talk to your dermatologist about which is right for you. For severe eczema cases, your healthcare provider might suggest a different treatment for your skin condition.

Want to learn more about how supplements can help control your eczema? Read what NEA community members have to say about how they used supplements to manage their eczema symptoms.*

Daily regimen of quercetin

My eczema condition, with which I have been dealing for over twenty years, has improved rather significantly over the past three months. In addition to the occasional use of topical medications and daily use of Eucerin Moisturizer Creme, I started a daily regimen of quercetin (1,000 mg per day), a flavonoid which is a natural antihistamine. Quercetin is distributed by Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation and probably by other manufacturers, and it is available without prescription at health food stores. A discussion about quercetin for eczema patients is found in Encyclopedia of Natural Foods, authored by Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.

– Don Y.

Multivitamins helped with eczema

I was born with eczema and have suffered horribly with it my whole 35 years. I have almost grown out of it except for a few spots here and there, and now my hands and feet have severe refractory eczema on them. I have been on topical steroids my whole life. It got to the point where I was on the strongest steroids and nothing helped. I tried gen ray therapy until the skin on my hands was peeling off and they were raw. I then tried methotrexate, which made me very sick. My next step was going to be a biological medication that really scared me due to all the side effects.

Then my aunt suggested I take a multivitamin. I went the grocery store and found Women’s One a Day Plus Healthy Skin Support with FloraGlo Lutein in it. Since starting the vitamin three weeks ago my eczema is almost completely gone. It is amazing that lutein could have such a profound effect on my skin. I want to share this with everyone with eczema in the hope that they might have the same results I have had.

– Heather P.

Three Vitamin D success stories

I’ve bumped up my daily intake of vitamin D3 to 5000 I.U. This is the first time in over a decade that I haven’t had an eczema flare-up at this time of year. I would highly recommend that Advocate readers do an Internet search with the key words “vitamin D and eczema.” There are thousands of articles attesting to its potential as a preventive and treatment when used responsibly at the proper potency.

– Larry V.

Since my recent diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency and subsequent therapy with supplements, my eczema flares have disappeared and my rash is clearing! My diagnosis was made in March and coincided with your article “Vitamin D: Hype or Healer?” by Peter A. Lio, MD, published in the first quarter 2011 issue of The Advocate, I was skeptical! But now, with vitamin D supplements of 4000 per day and my health improving, I have hope for the first time in my life. I feel better now than I have felt in over 30 years. I am 69 years old and have had eczema my whole life. I live in a sunny climate, in Texas, and have had a lifetime of exposure to the sun. Thanks for continuing to inform for the sake of people like me, who have suffered all their life with this disease.

– Barbara B.

hand eczema improved with vitamin D

I just wanted to let you know that I have had eczema for 30 years and up until recently I was miserable. Then I went to my new General Practitioner and she had me take a typical blood test. It turned out my vitamin D level was really low, so she put me on a mega dose for eight weeks. After about seven weeks my skin started to clear up. So now I take 2,000 IUs of vitamin D everyday and I stay away from tomatoes and potatoes (due to food allergies). If I do these two things my skin stays perfectly clear. I’m wondering if maybe there are other people out there that are low in vitamin D. I hope this information helps someone else.

– Wanda L.

*The recommendations contained in the Scratch Pad are those of the contributor.  NEA provides health information from a variety of sources; this information is not intended as medical advice.  Persons with questions regarding specific symptoms or treatments should consult a professional health-care provider. Do you have eczema-related advice? Share your tips on our Scratch Pad!

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