Do you have a skin rash that's driving you crazy and nothing seems to help?
Nutritionist Karen Fischer developed The Eczema Diet 20 years ago. It was revolutionary when The Eczema Diet book was first published 15 years ago.
No one had ever created a specific diet for eczema that was based on science.
Previously (and still today), health professionals prescribe creams and allergy tests for people with eczema. These people avoid their allergy foods (which may include eggs, dairy and nuts) but their itch persists.
So medical professionals conclude that "diet does not affect eczema".
However, it is a scientific fact that your skin is made from the foods you eat.
This has been proven scientifically over the last 100 years or so.
For example, hundreds of published research papers have demonstrated how taking vitamin C out of your diet causes your skin to fall apart. This condition is called scurvy (Amisha, 2022).
Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) primarily affects your skin, with symptoms including skin rashes, unexplained bruising and skin haemorrhages that could eventually be fatal (Amisha, 2022).
Vitamin C is essential for wound healing, collagen production and scar formation after your skin is cut (Amisha, 2022).
Without vitamin C, your cuts won't heal.
Therefore, it is incorrect to say that "diet does not affect your skin".
Eczema is a complicated skin disorder, so don't be naive and think that taking a vitamin C supplement (or eating oranges) will cure you...
Your skin needs a vast range of nutrients on order to be healthy. And oranges are one of the itchy dozen worst foods for eczema!
Here is another research study that demonstrates how foods can visibly change your skin:
German researchers gave three groups of women either flaxseed oil, borage oil or a placebo to include in their diet. Twelve weeks later, the women who consumed the flaxseed oil or borage oil had significantly increased skin hydration, and decreased roughness and skin flakiness (De Spirt 2008).
The Eczema Diet contains foods based on science, including an ingredient that is even better than flaxseed oil or borage oil.
Just a heads up... The Eczema Diet is not based on the latest fads. So you might be surprised at the food list. Be ready to have some of your false beliefs challenged!
Friendly Margarita Pizza is one of the free recipes within the Eczema Diet Membership
How false beliefs about 'eczema and diet' are created:
Bloggers and influencers have a wide reach and can influence beliefs, even if they are incorrect. That's why they are called influencers. Influencers might be celebrities or someone we got to know via their blog. They can change our perceptions because we trust them and often they have good information that is helpful.
It's just that people do not understand the complexities of eczema. What works for one eczema sufferer may not work for another.
Today, bloggers are touting coconut oil and avocado as a treatment for eczema... But is this correct?
For the majority of eczema warriors, the answer is NO! Absolutely not.
This is an ill thought out recommendation. Coconut and avocado are rich sources of itch-promoting chemicals that worsen eczema in more than 62% of people with eczema.
These are not great odds.
Just because something is trending, it does not mean that it's good for everyone.
As Karen Fischer explains in her book:
"One person's superfood is another's sleepless night itching."
The Eczema Diet teaches you how to eat right for your skin type (aka: sensitive, broken and itchy).
When you have eczema, you should not base your diet on the latest food trends on Instagram or YouTube. However, if your skin was normal, the latest food trends would be a great way for you to expand your diet. So I am not against food trends or influencers, as I think they can be very helpful. It's just that...
Your skin is not normal. It is sensitive, broken and itchy. So you need a more targeted approach.
You need to try something different.
If what you're doing is not working and your eczema persists, should you change what you are doing?
Yes, of course! That's why you scour the internet looking for answers.
And the best change you can make is a diet overhaul — choose better building materials to enable your body to make better skin.
The Eczema Diet foods are chosen not only for their health benefits. Each food is carefully chosen based on their chemical composition.
What about skin creams for eczema?
Creams and ointments are an important part of managing your eczema, and a favourite cream is 24-Hour Rescue to help manage dry and flaky eczema.
But when it comes to helping chronic or severe eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and psoriasis, a skin cream is helpful but it can't do 100% of the work. You need to eat right for your skin type.
Your skin type is "sensitive, broken and itchy".
And there is a diet that helps this skin type.
I have scoured the internet for reviews and there are thousands of people who have found success on The Eczema Diet, and they blog about it and recommend it to others.
Now The Eczema Diet has gone digital.
The Eczema Diet is available online. It's called the Eczema Diet Membership.
The best bit is, The Eczema Diet Membership is free to join and it gives you access to unlimited eczema diet recipes and eczema podcasts with helpful tips. Plus, there's a support group forum where you can asked trained nutritionists questions to help you follow the eczema diet successfully.
There is nothing else like it online.
You have no excuse. There is a DIY eczema program online and it's free!
Amisha, F.N.U., et.al., 2022. Scurvy in the Modern World: Extinct or Not? Cureus, 14(2).
De Spirt, S., et.al., 2008. Intervention with flaxseed and borage oil supplements modulates skin condition in women. British journal of nutrition, 101(3), pp.440-445.