I have severe dermatitis on my face which itches terribly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have severe dermatitis on my face which itches terribly. It bothers me so much that I am losing sleep. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. What can I do to get some relief?” — Fern G., Wichita, KS
A. Dear Fern, Diet is an extremely important factor. So, the best recommendation I can give anyone with chronic dermatitis is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from their diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. You can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. For more information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I think you would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
You may also want to consider adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin, helping to facilitate skin healing. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). I recommend taking 1,000 mg of sea buckthorn oil twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed and pulp oil. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
My final recommendation is black currant seed oil. Black currant (Ribes nigrum) seed oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), as well as other essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and flavonoids. When taken orally, black currant seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties are effective against skin irritations. Black currant seed oil also helps improve skin hydration – alleviating the itching and other symptoms associated with dry skin. I recommend taking 1,000 mg of this oil three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally