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As you may know, sufferers of skin issues differ in our triggers, and things that tend to worsen and aggravate our skin conditions. Below, I’ve listed the foods which I believe to be the top triggers for the condition based on research as well as my personal experience having conversations with thousands of people with eczema. It is important to take into account your own experience with regard to food-related correlations and that’s why keeping a food diary can prove to be invaluable.


Let’s look at a set of foods that people often consider with being problematic for their skin, dairy. Dairy products are one of the kinds of food made by the mammal’s milk which include cattle (cows) and water buffalo goats, sheep as well as camels! It’s about cheese, milk cream, yogurt Ice cream, and other food items that contain these ingredients such as cheese, pizza, or milk chocolate.

As more people are aware of the connection between food and health, many sufferers are concerned about the possibility that food-related factors cause eczema. And while the link was largely ignored by medical professionals for quite a while, more recent research has found that food-related factors can worsen and trigger Atopic skin rashes.

One of the most frequent responses I receive when I suggest that dairy should not be consumed by people suffering from eczema is “where do the calcium I need? There is no way to require dairy to get calcium but some studies suggest it could weaken our bones. Take a look at these incredible plant-based sources instead.

There are a lot of delicious dairy-free vegan alternatives which include a variety of independently-owned vegan cheesemakers like Tyne Cheese, delicious organic ice creams such as Booja Booja along with a range of milk like hazelnut, coconut, almond cashew nut, and many more!


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Sometimes mistakenly associated with dairy products, eggs are not dairy-based However, they could be problems for people suffering from eczema. It is interesting to note that studies reveal that eggs can six times as likely trigger an allergic reaction for infants suffering from eczema therefore, they are definitely something to avoid for children. But the study also suggests a possible relationship with adults.

If you’re looking to get rid of you can find alternatives. A product known as a “flax egg” (a simple mix consisting of water and ground flaxseed) is a good choice as a substitute for eggs in baking and cooking recipes. like this can be a protein-rich alternative to scrambled eggs.


It is possible that you haven’t been aware of ‘Balsam from Peru’ or be aware of it as a possible trigger for eczema and, as was demonstrated in this study from 2005 the condition can pose an issue for patients. It is derived through the barks of the Myroxolon balsam tree, a plant that’s native to El Salvador, it’s a sticky liquid that has a deliciously sweet scent.

Balsam of Peru fragrance is an amalgamation of cinnamon and vanilla, it is due to the fact that it contains 60 percent in cinnamein (a combination of cinnamic acids along with vanillin). Additionally, it contains essential oils that are similar to those in the citrus peels and can cause people to suffer from eczema.

Cosmetics, perfumes and mouthwashes, lip balms, insect repellents, and even cough medicines must be inspected to make sure they do not contain this allergen. If you suspect that it’s an issue for you, then you must absolutely stay clear of Tiger Balm which often contains it.



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I typically advise against tomatoes for people suffering from psoriasis. They are an element of the nightshade family. They’re closely related to the plant known as “deadly nightshade” and have something known as ‘alkaloids’ that could trigger an unwelcome immune system reaction. Although research on this is not conclusive, people suffering from arthritis, psoriasis, and lupus generally notice a significant improvement by avoiding nightshades in their diet.

If you are suffering from eczema and eczema-related skin conditions, they suggest avoiding tomatoes is that they’re a great source of the three most effective factors that trigger eczema: salicylates amino acids, and the natural MSG. These are the most harmful chemical triggers of eczema, and are should be avoided.

If you’re not excluding tomatoes, it’s essential to stay clear of foods and sauces that contain tomatoes for a reason. This includes pasta sauces, ketchup curry sauce, bolognese, curry, BBQ sauce, and more. Both of my books contain my tomatoless sauce recipe, which you can also find on my Instagram on IGTV.


Oranges, as well as orange products such as Clementines, tangerines, and orange juice, are good sources of two irritating chemicals: salicylates as well as amines. According to a study from 2006 36% of people suffering from eczema have more severe symptoms of eczema when they consume high levels of amines, like oranges.

Cumquats, lemons, grapefruit, and mandarins could also be an issue in the event of triggering flares of eczema. These citrus fruits are recommended to avoid if are aware that you’re intolerant to Balsam of Peru (see #3 above).

Citrus peel is the second most frequently reported cause of flare-ups in dermatitis. As a potential irritating agent and irritant, it could result in contact urticaria and hand-dermatitis that has been reported by people who handle food and become sensitive to lemons. If you’re buying lemons as part of your grocery shopping make sure to search for organic and non-waxed since the peel of citrus fruits is typically dyed and waxed. So it is possible that the sensitization could be caused by the carnauba wax, or dyes synthetically produced, as rather than the actual lemon.

6. MSG

There’s a chance you’ve heard the term Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) mentioned in relation to Chinese Takeaways. It’s a commonly used ingredient added to food items that are savory and a natural variant of glutamate is also found in meats, tomatoes, and cured.

The synthetic version of MSG isn’t the most enjoyable ingredient, and research has shown that it is associated with headaches, asthma rhinitis, and urticaria as well as psychiatric disorders, and convulsions.

Based on the American Nutrition Association 25% percent of US population suffers adverse reactions to free glutamic acid which is a major source of MSG that is found in many packaged food items. Many people are unaware that they are sensitive to flavor enhancers and kids are most often affected.

Regular consumption of MSG could result in an increase in the glutathione stores. Glutathione is an antioxidant enzyme that is required by our liver in order to help in its vital cleansing work. It also helps keep our skin looking healthy and glowing. When glutathione levels decrease the liver’s capacity to function is compromised and this may increase the sensitivity to chemicals that can cause eczema to become more severe.

In addition to being present in takeaway food items, MSG and flavor enhancers are frequently added to soups that are packaged or biscuits with savory flavors as well as chicken salted food items. Many of these food items are trying to be labeled as ‘low sugar’ or “low salt’, and thus would be bland unless they contain an added flavor enhancer – that’s the point where MSG is a part of the mix. I have recently noticed them on the Snack a Jacks ingredients list.



Peanuts are likely to be among the most frequently mentioned foods in discussion on allergens. The effects of a peanut allergy could be severe and life-threatening.

When someone is affected by an allergy to peanuts, that allergy can be present in their body for the rest of their lives. It is important to read labels carefully while avoiding certain food items and staying away from eating places. You may even have been on public transport and heard announcements informing passengers to stay clear of eating nuts if someone with an allergy of serious severity is aboard.

Based on Graham Roberts, MD, an allergist for children of King’s College London, more than 20% of young patients suffering from eczema under 12 months of age, already have an allergy to peanuts.

This study included 640 infants aged 4-11 months suffering from Eczema. The findings revealed at the annual meeting of the American Association of Allergy Asthma, Allergy and Immunology showed:

  • 23 Percent of infants are sensitive to peanuts.
  • 22% were sensitive to sesame seeds.
  • 16% of them were sensitive to brazil nuts
  • 20% of them were sensitive to hazelnuts
  • 21% were sensitive cashews.
  • 14% of them were sensitive to almonds.

8. SOY

Soy is a byproduct of soybeans and is considered to be an allergy to a food that is common. Soy allergy usually begins in early childhood, with reactions to infant formula containing soy. While most children have grown out of it, some continue to suffer from the allergy into adulthood.

The most commonly used soy-based products are soy sauce, as well as vegan protein sources, such as miso, tofu, and Edamame. Certain packaged foods, such as baked goods, meat products, breakfast cereals, and chocolate might include soy.

If you suffer from a reaction to soy, the immune system detects proteins in soy as harmful and which triggers the production of immunoglobulin antibodies in response to any perceived danger. Histamine is a major factor in the majority of allergic reactions and symptoms of a reaction to histamine are:

  • Tingling in the mouth or throat
  • Itchy skin, hives itchy skin, eczema, or red skin flushing
  • Swelling of the face mouth, lips, or tongue
  • Trouble breathing and blocked sinuses
  • Diarrhea, stomachache nausea, or vomiting

Other signs and symptoms that are more severe include anaphylaxis and prompt medical attention is required.


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As with many other skin disorders, eczema has been connected to gluten sensitivities. This study from 2015 examined people with gluten sensitivity other than celiac who struggled with skin issues. The study found that participants had improved skin significantly in less than one month after they began the gluten-free diet.

A 2017 study released in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment included a survey of 169 people suffering from eczema. More than half of those who had eliminated gluten from their diets noticed a reduction in the symptoms of eczema.

2013, the study also showed that 80% of the people who were surveyed noticed an increase in the quality of their skin after adhering to a hypoallergenic diet that included removing gluten.


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While it’s not a strict allergen, food items that are high in sugar may trigger flare-ups of eczema. Eczema is regarded as an inflammatory skin condition’. Sugar can cause insulin levels to rise and, in turn, cause inflammation.

When you consume sugar, you might experience immediately a reaction to sweets or drinks that can manifest as itching and redness. However, excessive sugar can also trigger chronic inflammation, meaning that the issue can become chronic.

Sugar can also affect the natural balance of the microbiome, the healthy microbiome that lives in our guts – as it allows harmful, sugar-loving yeasts to flourish. Consuming a high-quality probiotic with no refined sugars like this one can help restore balance.