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Natural Alternatives to Treat Dermatitis

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As always, before trying any new diet, consuming any unknown herbs, plants, supplements or vitamins, consult with your physician first.

Chinese Herbs, Which Help To Reduce Redness and Swelling:

Check online or consult with a local physician specializing in Chinese medicine about a cream containing Chinese herbs, called Hua Tuo—named after the first surgeon in China. This cream has shown to help some dermatitis patients.

Natural, Topical Relief:

Used by some as a naturopathic first-aid treatment for dermatitis. You’ll need:

  • 3 drops of German chamomile oil
  • 3 drops of high-Alpine lavender oil
  • 1 oz. primrose oil

Place in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well to mix. Apply to affected areas. If conditions worse after 2 to  3 days, or do not improve, discontinue use, and do consult with a physician/dermatologist.

Fatty Acids, Which Help To Reduce Inflammation:

Look for a supplement that contains omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 from fish, as well as oils from borage and flaxseeds. A product (you should be able to find it on Amazon) called Perfect Oils, manufactured by Nutritional Therapeutics has been documented as helping people suffering from dermatitis.

Antioxidants Help to Mute and Repair Damaged Skin by Disarming these Free Radicals:

They may also help to prevent future flare-ups of dermatitis. Here are some suggestions of antioxidants you can take to repair damaged skin.

  • Zinc: 20 milligrams a day for women;30 milligrams a day for men
  • Beta-carotene: 12 to 18 milligrams per day
  • Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams a day, divided in three doses (at least 1/2 hour before or 1 1/2 hours after meals, since stomach acid and the content of the meal can destroy vitamin C)
  • Vitamin E: 600 to 800 IU’s daily

You may opt to try the suggested antioxidants together with the fatty acids suggested above.