Best Treatment For Eczema
According to a recent study, the best treatment for eczema is tight skin. Like a fence or barricade intended to stop unwanted intruders, the skin serves as a barrier protecting the body from the hundreds of allergens, irritants, pollutants and microbes people come in contact with every day. In patients with eczema or atopic dermatitis, the most common inflammatory human skin disease, the skin barrier is leaky, allowing intruders—pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites and others—to be sensed by the skin, which subsequently wreaks havoc on the immune system.
Although the upper-most layer of the skin called the stratum corneum has been pinned as the culprit in previous research, a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that a second skin barrier structure below the upper layer consisting of cell-to-cell connections and known as tight junctions, is also faulty in eczema patients and likely plays a role in the development of the disease. Tightening both leaky barriers may be an effective treatment strategy for eczema patients who often have limited options to temper the disease.
Most skin care products are only designed for the upper-most layer of the skin, and for the most part are not effective long term for eczema or atopic dermatitis.
"Over the past five years, disruption of the skin barrier has become a central hypothesis to explain the development of eczema," says Lisa Beck, MD, lead study author and associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where the study was performed. "Our findings challenge the belief that the top layer of the skin or stratum corneum is the sole barrier structure: It suggests that both the stratum corneum and tight junctions need to be defective to jumpstart the disease." The tight junctions she is referring to are in the skin cells below the surface.
What holds those junctions together are protein substances called desmosomes. They are a thread-like filament that weaves in and out of your epithelial cells holding them tight. Losing that protein thread will cause your skin junctions to widen. The results are never good, because not only do you have epithelial cells in your skin, but they are also your main cell type internally lining the surface of all your organs. Approximately 90% of all cancers start in the epithelial cells, and all cancers are associated with a loss of Perp which is the key protein component of desmosomes. The subject of cancer and loss of Perp would be a long discussion. To keep this article brief I am choosing not to go into great detail on this subject in this newsletter.
There also seems to be a direct link with diet and eczema. Leaky gut syndrome is when the skin junctions are loose in the epithelial cells that line the intestines, allowing chunks of undigested food entrance into the blood system. Dietary changes are something that can have an immediate and lasting impact on clearing up eczema. Vegetables, and to a lesser extent fruit smoothies and juices are effective because they require less digestion and provide a wide spectrum of nutrients. Animal products require more digestion and increase the likelihood of undigested food entering the blood stream.
A few other tips to help improve eczema are as follows: Avoid all soaps with added fragrance and chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate and handcrafted soaps made with goats milk (they loosen the skin). Also be aware that even prescription creams can contain sodium lauryl sulfate. For example, in a recent study published in the Brithis Journal of Dermatology it was found that a widely prescribed cream called Aqueous Cream BP. Was causing eczema to become worse in patients; it contains the chemical detergent sodium laury sulphate.
According to a study done by Dr. Masayuki Okuda and colleagues at the Yamaguchi University in Ube Japan, a diet high in vitamin E can greatly improve eczema especially in children. Even a modest increase in vitamin E blood samples showed a 67% reduction in eczema. My personal favorite food source of full spectrum Vitamin E is fresh pressed olive oil with reduced filtration so there is a small amount of sediment. This is the only type of olive oil we use in all of our products-here at Nature’s Skin and Body Food.
Currently, there are no medical treatments that target skin barrier dysfunction in eczema. To treat eczema, which causes dry, red, itchy skin, physicians typically prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs like prednisone and topical anti-inflammatory creams and ointments. Long term; however, these treatments usually provide only modest improvement, causing doctors and alternative health practitioners to seek new alternatives.
Proper nutrition is the key to tight skin junctions as well as minimizing exposure to irritants and toxins. At Nature’s Skin and Body Food all of our products are formulated to enhance the upper and lower skin barrier and facilitate the removal of toxins deep in the dermal layer of your skin. An effective treatment for Eczema with our products is to cleanse with our clay cleansing bar and apply the clay mask “Nature’s Transdermal Face Food” to the effected area several times a week and apply the organic lotion to the body, or our organic face cream “Mystique” to the effected area.
Mystique is a very effective desmosome enhancer because it penetrates deep into the skin and is the reason why it is so effective at causing a skin tightening effect.
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