Addressing The Misconceptions That Diet Causes Eczema

Are The Foods You Eat Causing Your Eczema?

Addressing the common misconceptions that our diet is the cause of harmful eczema symptoms.

June 12, 2018

10% of the world’s population are 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!

A lot of people out there think their Eczema is caused by eating specific foods…

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.

To understand whether or not your diet affects your Eczema, we first have to understand what REALLY causes your condition.


What causes Eczema? Eczema Symptoms

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 sensitised and overreact to many environmental factors and foods – this is where the confusion arises!


The mysterious role of food in your Eczema condition Glass of Milk

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!


Here’s how it all works…


The vicious Eczema feedback loopEczema Feedback Loop effects

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 from eating a particular foods. This means you can maintain a regular diet without the concern of exacerbating your Eczema condition. Child with Eczema eating dairy

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

Our Chief Scientist and CEO Dr Iona Weir made a world-first scientific breakthrough when she discovered how to join probiotic peptides to lipids producing our proprietary Peptilipids ™, the magic ingredient of our FDA OTC registered skincare formulas.

These patented bioactive peptides successfully modulate the skins immune response to allergens and have produced amazing results in clinical trials and with hundreds of our customers around the world. 

This is why Atopis’  Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream is producing such phenomenal results in people who use it – because the science behind its formula is groundbreaking, unique, and it really works.  

Our Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream is a probiotic for your skin and repairs your skin’s natural defences by calming your immune system.

Learn more about our Dry itchy skin relief cream by clicking here.

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