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An inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction or contact with an irritant. Typical symptoms of dermatitis include redness and itching.

  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Avoid eating dairy foods and foods with gluten.
  • Bubble bath may contribute to dermatitis (and sometimes urinary tract infections).
  • Consider being tested for food allergies to determine if that may be the cause of dermatitis.
  • Infants who suffer from dermatitis may benefit from primrose oil and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).

  • After skin has been exposed to water or irritants, apply tea tree oil antiseptic cream to it.
  • Because avidin prevents biotin from being properly absorbed into your body, do not consume products that contain raw eggs.
  • Brown rice and millet should be a regular part of your diet.
  • For six weeks, eliminate gluten from your diet. After the initial six weeks, try adding it back into your diet one item at a time. If you notice changes in your condition, it may be wise to eliminate it from your diet in order to control your dermatitis.
  • Humidify your home if it is not already humid. Because showers and baths can remove natural oils from your skin, you may consider bathing less often.
  • Maintain a clean colon. Use enemas to get rid of toxins, and get plenty of fiber in your diet. Fiber supplements like psyllium husk and flaxseed are beneficial.
  • Stay away from eggs, soy foods, wheat, dairy, peanuts, sugar, processed foods, fried foods, chocolate, white flour, fats, and strawberries.
  • Use a daily moisturizer that is free of perfume.
  • Use the following mixture for dermatitis of the scalp: concentrated tea made of rosemary and comfrey, tea tree oil, dried nettles, and witch hazel. After shampooing, apply to scalp and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healthy skin. Aids in circulation. Helps in cell reproduction. High-stress, yeast-free formula in sublingual form is best.

Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Aids in healthy circulation. Promotes healthy skin. Caution: Refrain from using niacin if you suffer from gout, liver disorders, or high blood pressure.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of vitamin B6 can contribute to skin problems.

Vitamin B12
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with construction of cells. Enhances longevity of cells. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of biotin can contribute to dermatitis.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Has iodine and other minerals that enhance tissue healing.

Essential fatty acids (black currant seed oil, flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil are recommended sources)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Moisturizes the skin.

Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Alleviates dryness and itching.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healing. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Blackthorn, Blueberry Leaf, Hawthorn Berry, and Rue
Type: Internal
Purposes: Chemical constituents of these herbs include Vitamin C, and flavonoids that work exceptionally well for reducing inflammation.

Type: Internal/External
Purposes: A very popular use of Chamomile has been in lotions and creams to sooth the skin. It is also effective as an anti-inflammatory herb. Chamomile can be used externally as well as taken internally.

Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock
Type: External
Purposes: These three herbs can be combined or used separately as a poultice to treat dermatitis.
Cautions: It is suggested that chaparral be used externally only.

Type: External
Purposes: A paste can be made with goldenseal that relieves itching enhances healing by mixing the following ingredients: Goldenseal Root Powder with Vitamin E Oil, add a little honey until mixture is medium paste.
Dosage: Apply this paste to affected area.

Dandelion, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Pau d'arco, and Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs are believed to be useful in treating Dermatitis and can be used in capsule form or as a tea.
Cautions: Goldenseal is not to be used if you are pregnant. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than one week at a time. If you have the following conditions: history of heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma consult your physical before using the herb Goldenseal.

Gotu Kola
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains Asiatic acid, asiaticoside and madecassic acid that stimulate collagen synthesis. These are key elements in repairing the skin. Research has found that Gotu Kola has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in stimulating the formation of lipids and proteins necessary for healthy skin.

Grape seed
Type: Internal
Purposes: Grape seed extract is rich in flavonoids, phytochemicals that exhibit antioxidant properties and rid the body of toxins.

Oregon Grape Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Removes toxins from the body and has anti-inflammatory properties.