Simon Bandy: tips for common skin ailments

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Nutritionist Simon Bandy from Seaford-based supplements company Health Plus gives his advice on how help minimise common skin ailments

Throughout our lives, skin ailments such as eczema can appear from nowhere and often without reason. Whatever the age, it’s never pleasant dealing with the physical and visual symptoms which can often be painful and embarrassing.

Skin ailments such as eczema and dermatitis affect one in five children and one in twelve adults*, but though these ailments are so common, they are highly individual in their nature so it can be very hard to pin down the cause. With National Eczema Week taking place from 14th – 22nd September, I’d like to share some tips that may help minimise the symptoms of common skin complaints:

Lower stress: Being stressed can increase the body’s production of cortisol and androgens which may be a cause of some skin conditions such as dermatitis and acne. Try to take some ‘me’ time or do something that relaxes you, whether it’s a walk, reading or some gardening.

Drink green tea: Quercetin, naturally found in green tea, capers, red grapes and cranberries, can act as a natural antihistamine, which may help if your skin condition is caused by an underlying allergy.

Avoid harsh chemicals: Many of today’s toiletries and skincare products contain potentially toxic and harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphates and parabens, which may lead to clogged pores and thus exacerbate the issue. There are many natural alternatives on the market nowadays, so try to choose skincare that is free from synthetic ingredients and chemicals.

Try an elimination diet: It is thought that some food products such as milk, eggs or nuts can contribute to skin conditions. Try eliminating one thing at a time for a minimum of four weeks to see if you notice any changes and note all your experiences in a diary such as any reduction in symptoms.

Increase nutrients: Zinc is a major mineral responsible for aiding skin repair. Try eating lots of green leafy vegetables, seeds and lentils for a natural hit and top up your levels with the Health Plus Zinc 15mg (£5.25 for 90 tablets) for a boost.

Eat fish: Essential fatty acids can help to keep skin soft and supple, and to help reduce inflammation. These are found naturally in oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, so try to eat two portions a week. If you’re a veggie, try to find a vegetarian supplement containing EPA and DHA oils.

Simon Bandy is a natural supplements expert for Health Plus; a Seaford based business established over 20 years ago with a mission to promote optimum nutrition across the world. Family-owned and run since November 1991, the company supplies a wide range of British made, high quality nutritional supplements at www.healthplus.co.uk

*Statistics from http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/e/eczema