Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for eczema and how do I remedy it?

Eczema is a condition where you have red, scaly, flaky or rashy skin. This condition is also known as atopic dermatitis.


  • Itchy skin

  • Rashy skin

  • Flaky skin

Cause #1: Salicylate sensitivity

Salicylate is a natural acid that is present in plants, spices and nuts. It’s a protective acid that is produced by the plants. You can have intolerance to it and this can cause eczema.


Avoid all these foods for 1 week and see if your skin improves, to know for sure if you have this problem:

  • cayenne

  • cinnamon

  • curry

  • oregano

  • sage

  • turmeric

  • thyme

  • black pepper

  • basil

  • broccoli

  • chilli pepper

  • cucumber

  • spinach

  • squash

  • sweet potato

  • canned tomato

  • radish

  • zucchini

  • coffee

  • wine

  • beer

  • pine nuts

  • peanuts

  • pistachios

  • almonds

Cause #2: Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency

Omega-3 fatty acid is a vital nutrient that has anti-inflammatory properties. Low levels
of omega-3 can cause eczema. It’s important to increase your omega-3 and consume lower quantities of foods with omega-6 fatty acid. (Omega-6 is the opposite of omega-3 in that it has inflammatory properties.)


• Avoid the following (which contain omega-6):

  • poultry

  • nuts

  • grains

  • pumpkin seeds

  • flax oil

  • sunflower oil

  • cottonseed oil

  • safflower oil

  • vegetable oil

  • canola oil

  • corn oil

  • grain-fed dairy

  • GMO oils

• Substitute with the following (which contain omega-3):

  • high-quality fish oil

  • virgin cod liver oil

  • sardines

  • fish

  • anchovies

  • eggs

  • grass-fed products

Cause #3: Vitamin A deficiency

One common symptom of vitamin A deficiency is xerosis: it’s dried-out skin with fine wrinkles or a scaly appearance. Vitamin A has a lot to do with the integrity of your skin--so it’s vital that you get plenty of it for your skin health.


Consume vitamin A foods:

  • cod liver oil

  • liver

  • fatty fish

  • butter

  • cheese

  • egg yolks

  • beef

  • kale

  • leafy greens

Cause #4: Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is also vital for your skin health--especially for preventing or counteracting psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition (when your immune system attacks your body’s own healthy cells) that is related to your skin. Vitamin D acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory--it’s like cortisol, but without the side effects. Vitamin D can help with eczema.


  • Consume vitamin D:

  • vitamin D3 supplement (at least 10,000 IU/day)

  • cod liver oil

  • Take long walks outside to expose your body to the sun (at least 45 minutes).

Last updated: Apr 07, 2024 15:36 PM