Below are some supplements and lifestyle modifications commonly adopted to help manage symptoms in individuals suffering from inflamed skin conditions. Always seek advice from a qualified health professional prior to changing treatments. Individual results may vary depending on medical history.
1. Vitamin C and flavanoids such as quercetain. Anti-oxidants help with reducing free radical damage and increases cell repair. Vitamin C helps with collagen production.
2. Zinc helps with the immune system and would healing. Together with Vitamin C, it is a great combination to assist skin healing.
3. Vitamin B or Niacinamide gives cells the cellular energy to repair itself, such as after exposure to UV radiation or general healing.
4. Probiotics or fermented foods. A good diversity of beneficial bacteria can help restore the gut lining.
5. L-Glutamine: converts to GABA, an amino acid that helps to relax the nervous system. Great to minimise stress. It also helps the gut heal, especially if there is an increase in gut permeability or 'leaky gut' where the cells on the gut lining widens, and allows particles or allergens into the body which triggers the immune system. We can compound L-Glutamine capsules.
Medications such as NSAIDS (ibuprofen, celebrex, naproxen, diclofenac) or antibiotics can increase gut permeability.
6. A good collagen supplement can help with skin repair and new skin generation. Amino acids help the development of new skin. We recommend the Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty with VERISOL (a bioactive collagen peptide) which contains hydrolysed collagen for easy absorption and can be used by pregnant or breastfeeding mums and for children over 12 months. This is a natural formulation with Vitamin C and Zinc to reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines, increase skin hydration and elasticity, and support healthy hair & nails.
7. If stress is an issue, avoid caffeinated drinks as this stimulates the nervous system and increases cortisol which is a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol can also reduce Secretory Immunoglobulin A (SIgA) which helps to protect the gut lining. After a prolonged period of constantly producing cortisol, the adrenals may have a dysfunction where is does not product enough cortisol. Too much cortisol is bad, but too little is worse, as fatigue and depression can happen as a result. Cortisol is also has an anti-inflammatory, so having too little can lead to inflammation going un-checked in the body. Herbs that support the adrenals such as Withania or Ashwanga can help nourish the adrenals and keeping the production of cortisol at a healthy level.
8. Sleep is so important for the body to rest and heal. If there are problems with getting to sleep, consider Melatonin which can be prescribed by a Dr, or taking Magnesium powder with Sour Cherry which is a natural source of Melatonin. Bioceuticals does a great Night-time Magnesium. Melatonin is a good anti-oxidant and also helps support the immune response. Melatonin 2mg MR tablets is usually dispensed, but as a compounding pharmacy we can compound any other strengths of Melatonin, such as 4mg, 6mg, 8mg, up to 20mg capsules.
9. Olive leaf extract, Fish Oil, Krill Oil, Sea Buckthorn and Flaxseed oil are supplements that can help to decrease inflammation in the body as they are a natural source of Omega 3, 6 and 9, increasing hydration and leading to smoother, healthier skin. As we age, our skin does not produce as much oil as it does when we are younger, so it's really important to either have more natural oils in our diet, or apply creams or lotions with these beneficial oils.
10. Chek your Vitamin D levels are in the high range.
If you are suffering from Topical Steroid Withdrawal, please check out the Eczema/Dermatitis section of our Botanical Chemist page as these products may help you through the withdrawal period.
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Please note you may not need to withdraw completely from topical steroids, as gradually reducing in potency and frequency of application is a better way to come. Also important is to ensure that if there is a problem with over-growth of Staph infection on the skin, this gets treated by a Doctor for severe cases. For mild cases, our products with Manuka Oil and Propolis may be beneficial.