My daughter has been diagnosed with a severe case of dermatitis on her face.
Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter has been diagnosed with a severe case of dermatitis on her face. The ointments the dermatologist has prescribed do not seem to be helping. What do you recommend?” — John C., Gastonia, NC
A. Dear John, I encourage you to discuss any supplement recommendations with your daughter’s dermatologist. With that being said, I think I have some ingredients that may help support the health of your daughter’s skin.
First and foremost, I believe diet is an extremely important factor. 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 your daughter’s diet. Her diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, and fish, with non-starchy vegetables and fruits. She can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort on her part, it can make a real difference. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. 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.
Any condition that ends in “-itis”, whether arthritis, dermatitis, tendonitis, or many others, means there is a high level of chronic inflammation. The most powerful anti-inflammatory I know of in the plant world is curcumin. Curcumin can address inflammation from many different pathways, something drugs cannot do. Because curcumin is poorly absorbed, I would choose 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 oil. I would have your daughter take 750 mg twice daily.
Another ingredient that would be very beneficial is Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin, and help facilitate skin healing. The Sea buckthorn fruit contains flavonoids, vitamins, and many other beneficial compounds, while the pulp oil contains high levels of beneficial omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). I would have your daughter take 1000 mg of a Sea buckthorn that contains BOTH the seed and pulp oil and has been clinically studied.
Terry . . . Naturally