What if you could eat your way to healthier skin? Several foods have been accredited with promoting a healthy skin. In addition, there have been some several cases made with regards to skin benefits with the gluten free and raw diets. Let’s take a further look at how you can incorporate these foods for a skin friendly lifestyle.

Can Eating Raw Foods Cure Eczema? 

In recent years, the raw food diet has been purporting to treat symptoms of atopic dermatitis. In fact, one mother claims that by adhering to strict diet of raw foods, she was able to cure her daughter’s eczema completely. While, as a dermatologist I can assure you there is no known cure to eczema, there are benefits to the raw diet in alleviating it’s symptoms.

The raw diet is primarily a vegan diet because there is no consumption of meat, eggs or dairy products. In truth, part of the reason this diet proves affective in clearing up symptoms associated with some forms of dermatitis is because of many peoples inability to tolerate consuming foods such as dairy.

Other foods that are associated with making eczema flare up include: soy products, nuts, seeds, wheat and the controversial, gluten.


Going Gluten Free 

Another trending diet, is the gluten free alternative in eating healthy. A quick walk through of any grocery store and you will likely notice many of the shelves filled with products promoting they are gluten free. Gluten is a known trigger associated with celiac disease; however, many people are claiming to see improvement with their eczema symptoms by adhering strictly to a gluten free diet, as well.

There is conflicting opinion among the medical community about eliminating gluten from your diet, if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, as it has some nutritional value to you. Before you eliminate gluten, I would consult with your doctor about it. You may always try the diet for a few months to monitor if it has any noticeable affect on your eczema symptoms. If you do not see improvement, than gluten is not your enemy.

Skin Friendly Food

Foods that are filled with antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory properties are skin friendly foods. Below is a sampling of some of these foods:

  • Vegetables: Leafy veggies including kale and spinach are packed with antioxidants. Bright colored vegetables such as: carrots, sweet peppers, corn, yams/sweet potatoes and tomatoes contain anti-inflammatory properties. Broccoli and cauliflower are also skin friendly.
  • Fishes: Get your omega-3 acids with fatty fishes. Tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon are all valid choices for getting those omega-3’s.
  • Spice it up: There are several spices that have significant anti-inflammatory properties including: turmeric, cinnamon, curry powder and cardamom. So dig out the cookbook and utilize recipes that incorporate these spices into your diet.
  • Other Omega-3 Acids Intake: Another source for incorporating omega-3 acids into your diet is by feasting upon foods including: walnuts, canola oil and flax seed.

Eating a skin healthy diet in correlation with maintaining a proper skin care regimen and moisturizing routine, will help keep your skin looking healthy, radiant and younger.

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Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting is a board certified dermatologist that has dedicated her practice and research to develop skin care treatment options for conditions such as: eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.