When the weather changes, skin eczema can get worst, maybe mild in the summer season. According to National Eczema Association, nearly 32 million people suffer from dry itchy inflamed skin and the solution? Diet.
Aside from celebrating the eczema awareness month(in October) or applying topical treatments on the skin, your breakfast diet plays an important role in treating this skin condition. What is this breakfast diet? Avocadoes. Avocadoes are adviced to be part of anyone who struggles with skin eczema, it can be added into your smoothie, along with your toasts even in your vegetables. Aside from eating avocadoes, it’s also an excellent skincare nourishment when applied topically, especially in oil form. It is known to be used to soothe atopic dermatisis also known as Eczema.
Dr. Jessie Cheung of Cheung Aeathetics & Wellness said; “Avocado oil helps with both decreasing inflammation and hydrate the skin , as it is anti-inflammatory and acts as an emollient to soften skin and trap in moisture, thereby soothing the itchiness. The antioxidants and fats found in avocado oil also help to modulate skin barrier maintenance, collagen metabolism, and wound healing, all of which can help with treating eczema,”
So what is eczema?, the scientific term for eczema is dermatitis which is an inflammation of the skin due to dryness, chemical exposure or from allergic reaction triggered by irritants such as harsh cleansers. According to Dr Robyn Gynrek of Park View Laser Dermatology “Eczema can occur from dryness, from an allergic reaction, or from irritation caused by a chemical exposure. Then there is a form of eczema called atopic dermatitis, which is considered to be a chronic form of eczema that has a genetic predisposition.”
Avocado oil is mostly found in most of our skincare products which is an excellent source of treating skin issues from sun burns, to brittle nails and wounds, it is also very good for most chronic eczema. Knowing that eczema skin issue can sometimes be genetic, eating and topical application of avocadoes cannot be over exergerated. “In theory, if avocado oil helps heal the skin lesions of eczema and repair the skin barrier, then the itch would improve as well. In addition, it contains linoleic acid, which has been shown in combination to help rebuild, stabilize, and maintain the skin barrier in atopic dermatitis lesions.” says Dr. Gmyrek.
Avocado is packed full of antioxidants like Vitamin E and can be used to dilute essential oils when used in its pure form, it can applied on the skin and scalp. Please note if you’re allergic to avocadoes or have sensitive skin please consult with your dermatologist before trying something new.
Here are a few selected avodaco oil products you should try:
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