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Episode 488 of TWV Podcast: Eczema Treatment Inside-Out and Out

In episode 488 of The Whole View podcast, Stacy and Dr. Sarah break down the science on managing eczema, including diet, gut health and skincare.If..


In episode 488 of The Whole View podcast, Stacy and Dr. Sarah break down the science on managing eczema, including diet, gut health and skincare.

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Listener Question

I had Eczema on body (arms, knees, groin, hands, belly) which started in my mid 30s and became most severe during my fourth pregnancy at age 37. Multiple treatments tried including acupuncture, naturopathic supplements did not achieve much improvement. In late 2018, I did Whole 30 diet twice and saw marked improvement, and then transitioned to a paleo diet. All eczema cleared by 2020, with very small areas on hand remaining. Fall 2020, eczema on lips started. I don’t have eczema anywhere else now. I am now wondering if this perioral dermatitis is related to my previous eczema and how to treat it. Now that it is fall, the lips are beginning to worsen. Thank you! – Emily

Key Takeaways

  • Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition caused by inflammation in the outermost layer of skin, and which is characterized by symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
  • Eczema is very responsive to changes in diet, including upping nutrient intake with a Nutrivore focus and avoiding inflammatory foods and foods that you may be sensitive to. It’s also important to test vitamin D levels and supplement accordingly.
  • There is a strong link between skin health and the gut microbiome. In particular, gut dysbiosis drives inflammation as well as modulates neurotransmitters known to be involved in eczema development.  Bacteria that are really important for skin health include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, especially Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus paracasei and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii.
  • Dr. Sarah’s best resources for diet for gut health are her Gut Health Guidebook and Gut Health Cookbook
  • It’s also important to avoid skin irritants and to nourish skin with healing fats in skin care products.
  • Stacy shares her favorite products. Dr. Sarah recommends YoRo Naturals.

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Recommended Reading and Listening

  • TWV Podcast Episode 431: Troubleshooting Dry Winter Skin
  • Paleo for Eczema
  • 4 Tips to Combat Eczema
  • 7 Tips for Quick Eczema and Itchy Skin Relief – Guest Post by Jennifer Roberge
  • How to Heal Eczema Through Mind and Body – Guest Post by Jennifer Roberge
  • The Right Clothing for Eczema (Why Fabric & Dyes Matter!) – Guest post by Jennifer Roberge
  • The Emotional Impact of Eczema – Guest Post by Jennifer Roberge
  • Free Guide to Eczema can be found in Dr. Sarah’s Free Member’s Area


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By: Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
Title: TWV Podcast Episode 488: Treating Eczema Inside-Out and Outside-In
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