How reducing sugar can improve Eczema

Do you ever have a craving for something sweet or you just want to treat yourself? 

I’ve had those moments when I crave for something sweet like; a Jam Doughnut,  a Jammie heart or even some sweets. There are times I love to indulge but what I’ve realised is when I indulge too much on something sweet, boy I do pay for it later.

I initially get a rash on my face which becomes itchy and then before you know it I start scratching. What I thought was a rash was eczema and it takes weeks to clear up. I mean I’m not saying that I exclude sugar from my diet but what I have done is reduce it and feel a lot better and so does my skin.

I’ve spoken to many people with eczema and they’ve been asking the very same thing about sugar and triggers as they’ve also experienced itchy skin, so sugar can be a trigger for eczema and as everyone is different it may affect you.

For some, this means excluding sugar out of your diet which can be difficult as your body has become used to it. However,  when you experience clearer skin and improved well-being you’d know that it was worth all the hard work.

Here are some facts about sugar:

  • Eczema wounds take longer to heal
  • It makes it harder for the skin to regenerate and repair itself
  • It can increase insulin levels which cause inflammation
  • It breaks down collagen and elastin in your skin

Some processed foods contain a lot of sugar so it may be advisable to look at the labels.

But what about fruit?

Fruits are important in our diet. Since they contain naturally-occurring sugars, I would advise you to only have a small portion of fruit a day. Just keep in mind that citrus fruits are triggers for some people with eczema.

Most fizzy drinks such as Coke, Fanta and Tango contain a lot of sugar. An alternative to these drinks would be to reduce the number of times you consume fruit juice, for example from 5 times a week to twice a week. Another alternative is to dilute the fruit juice with water.

Adding sugar to drinks or cereals is not advisable as most cereals already contain sugar. This is the same for some hot drinks as well, not only that it can be difficult to measure the amount of sugar you add to a drink. 

Have you experienced eczema flare-ups, including sugar in your diet, if so what were there?

Have you reduced or excluded sugar from your diet?

Have you seen any improvement with your skin?

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 21st January 2021.

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