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Information on Dermatitis

Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice

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An inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction or contact with an irritant. Typical symptoms of dermatitis include redness and itching.


  • Avoid eating dairy foods and foods with gluten.
  • Bubble bath may contribute to dermatitis (and sometimes urinary tract infections).
  • Consider being tested for food allergies to determine if that may be the cause of dermatitis.
  • Infants who suffer from dermatitis may benefit from primrose oil and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healthy skin. Aids in circulation. Helps in cell reproduction. High-stress, yeast-free formula in sublingual form is best.

Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Aids in healthy circulation. Promotes healthy skin. Caution: Refrain from using niacin if you suffer from gout, liver disorders, or high blood pressure.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of vitamin B6 can contribute to skin problems.

Vitamin B12
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with construction of cells. Enhances longevity of cells. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of biotin can contribute to dermatitis.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Has iodine and other minerals that enhance tissue healing.

Essential fatty acids (black currant seed oil, flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil are recommended sources)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Moisturizes the skin.

Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Alleviates dryness and itching.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healing. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Blackthorn, Blueberry Leaf, Hawthorn Berry, and Rue
Type: Internal
Purposes: Chemical constituents of these herbs include Vitamin C, and flavonoids that work exceptionally well for reducing inflammation.

Type: Internal/External
Purposes: A very popular use of Chamomile has been in lotions and creams to sooth the skin. It is also effective as an anti-inflammatory herb. Chamomile can be used externally as well as taken internally.

Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock
Type: External
Purposes: These three herbs can be combined or used separately as a poultice to treat dermatitis.
Cautions: It is suggested that chaparral be used externally only.

Type: External
Purposes: A paste can be made with goldenseal that relieves itching enhances healing by mixing the following ingredients: Goldenseal Root Powder with Vitamin E Oil, add a little honey until mixture is medium paste.
Dosage: Apply this paste to affected area.

Dandelion, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Pau d'arco, and Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs are believed to be useful in treating Dermatitis and can be used in capsule form or as a tea.
Cautions: Goldenseal is not to be used if you are pregnant. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than one week at a time. If you have the following conditions: history of heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma consult your physical before using the herb Goldenseal.

Gotu Kola
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains Asiatic acid, asiaticoside and madecassic acid that stimulate collagen synthesis. These are key elements in repairing the skin. Research has found that Gotu Kola has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in stimulating the formation of lipids and proteins necessary for healthy skin.

Grape seed
Type: Internal
Purposes: Grape seed extract is rich in flavonoids, phytochemicals that exhibit antioxidant properties and rid the body of toxins.

Oregon Grape Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Removes toxins from the body and has anti-inflammatory properties.


  • After skin has been exposed to water or irritants, apply tea tree oil antiseptic cream to it.
  • Because avidin prevents biotin from being properly absorbed into your body, do not consume products that contain raw eggs.
  • Brown rice and millet should be a regular part of your diet.
  • For six weeks, eliminate gluten from your diet. After the initial six weeks, try adding it back into your diet one item at a time. If you notice changes in your condition, it may be wise to eliminate it from your diet in order to control your dermatitis.
  • Humidify your home if it is not already humid. Because showers and baths can remove natural oils from your skin, you may consider bathing less often.
  • Maintain a clean colon. Use enemas to get rid of toxins, and get plenty of fiber in your diet. Fiber supplements like psyllium husk and flaxseed are beneficial.
  • Stay away from eggs, soy foods, wheat, dairy, peanuts, sugar, processed foods, fried foods, chocolate, white flour, fats, and strawberries.
  • Use a daily moisturizer that is free of perfume.
  • Use the following mixture for dermatitis of the scalp: concentrated tea made of rosemary and comfrey, tea tree oil, dried nettles, and witch hazel. After shampooing, apply to scalp and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.