Eczema is the most common form of dermatitis, a term which literally means “inflamed skin.” The condition can affect people young and old and encompasses a number of red, itchy skin conditions. Eczema may look like a dry, scaly rash or weepy, oozing blisters. It is often triggered by an allergy to food, pollen, animal dander or other substances and is most often seen running in allergy-prone families.
The following three supplements are among those that have been proven to help ease symptoms of eczema.
Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil is a great source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an important omega-6 fatty acid. For more than 50 years, scientists have known that a deficiency of omega-6 can lead to inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. More recent research has verified this link. A study published in 2002 found that after taking evening primrose oil, 42.8% of eczema patients were clear of itching and skin lesions, and only 28.6% had mild itching without lesions.
In another recent study, researchers found evidence in eczema patients of a problem in the natural conversion of linoleic acid to GLA in the body. They concluded that “atopic eczema may be a minor inherited abnormality of