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Children’s Eczema: How to prevent this uncomfortable condition

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infant-eczemaEczema –a skin disorder characterized by rough, red, scaly and itchy skin — is on the rise. It is estimated that up to 20% of children in the United States suffer from varying forms of this disorder.

Recent research has given new strategies to help prevent this uncomfortable skin disorder.
1. Daily application of emollients from birth: Applying moisturizer from birth has been shown to significantly reduce the development of eczema. The benefit is due to enhancement of the skin barrier.  Researchers propose that daily application of moisturizer to all babies constitutes an effective, safe and cheap strategy to help prevent eczema.
2. Home water softeners: A study in England determined in children genetically prone to eczema, that hard water exacerbated the condition. Further studies are underway.
3. Probiotics: Maternal consumption of probiotics, especially during the third trimester, may reduce the development of eczema. The science shows that probiotics increase the development of diverse gut microbes. These microbes have a protective strategy against eczema.
Simple and effective strategies for eczema are easy to incorporate into our daily lives and can help protect the next generation against this itchy and uncomfortable skin disorder.

 

 

Foods for Clear Skin

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Fish and walnuts omega 3

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We already know that two main foods have been shown to flare acne: Dairy and foods with high glycemic indexes (ie white bread, pasta, potatoes).  These foods increase hormonal and oil production and also spur inflammation.

New data shows there are foods to incorporate in your everyday diet to help minimize inflammation and maximize a clear complexion:
1. Probiotics: These are found in yogurt, saurerkraut, and pickles. Probiotics encourage healthy bacteria to grow in your digestive system.
2. Omega-3 Fatty-Acids: These are found in salmon and walnuts. These good fats help fight inflammation and also hydrate the skin from the inside.
3. Zinc: Individuals with lower levels of zinc have been found to have more severe acne.
A healthy diet will make you feel good and make your complexion glow!

 

A Probiotic A Day To Keep the Dermatologist Away?

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Woman with perfect skin eats yogurt to keep her skin healthy!

Having probiotics even 3 times a week can have many benefits for the skin. Photo Credits: nenetus/Shutterstock.com

Probiotics – helpful bacteria that protect the body from harmful bacteria – are everywhere in the media these days. In addition to yogurt, other sources of probiotics include kimchi and the tea beverage kombucha.  For skin health, several studies have shown that probiotics may be beneficial for acne/rosacea, eczema, infections, and even anti-aging.

Acne/Rosacea:

Probiotics have been shown to reduce inflammation (by preventing the body’s immune response to surface bacteria), thus reducing redness and lesion counts in these conditions.

Eczema:

Probiotics may help reduce the number of infections, particularly with MRSA (a harmful bacteria that lives on the skin) in people with eczema. Probiotics may also help increase the health of the skin barrier and reduce inflammation.

Chronic Wounds:

Studies are underway utilizing topical probiotics to help heal wounds. One study currently shows that a probiotic based gel is more effective than the current standard of care silver based dressing.

Anti-aging:

Ingestion of probiotics may help protect the skin against sun damage. A study found that mice supplemented with probiotics three times a week experienced less UV damage, and more hydrated skin than those who were not supplemented. Furthermore, the mice that were supplemented had more thick and lustrous fur.

For all of these conditions, the optimal doses of probiotics have not been defined. At our Minneapolis dermatology clinic, I counsel my patients: “A probiotic a day may help keep the dermatologist away!”

 

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