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Find Relief from Eczema and Psoriasis

Soothe winter woes


Winter weather can take its toll on our skin, especially if we suffer from eczema or psoriasis. Natural treatments, such as jojoba oil, can relieve red, itchy skin.

During the seasonal transition to colder weather, many of us battle dry, cracked, uncomfortable skin due to chafing winds outdoors and dry heat inside homes, cars, and workplaces. For those who suffer from psoriasis or eczema, these conditions can easily trigger symptoms, such as red, inflamed, flaky, and itchy skin.

Lifestyle changes

These uncomfortable and irritating skin conditions may be symptoms of an internal problem with an external manifestation. In order to control these troubling skin symptoms, one could make lifestyle changes to correct the digestive issues that may be at the root of the problem.

As a doctor of Oriental medicine, I encourage people to modify their diets by choosing a vegan or raw lifestyle and avoiding processed foods that contain unnecessary preservatives and artificial ingredients. I also recommend taking digestive enzymes as well as fish and flax oils. While some may find this overwhelming, there are also topical products that may offer relief.

Topical treatment

There are skin care products for eczema and psoriasis on the market that contain calming and soothing natural ingredients. Natural ingredients contain several active components that can benefit the skin in multiple ways, and may help resolve red, inflamed, flaky, and itchy skin.

To balance and restore the health of the skin, as well as encourage healing, look for the following natural ingredients in skin care products.


With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, this herb helps calm inflamed skin and promotes healing.

Jojoba oil

High in healthy fats and vitamin E, this oil extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub helps hydrate, rejuvenate, and nourish skin.


The roots of this valuable plant contain phytochemicals that help fight bacteria and fungi.


With a broad range of therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic functions, this ingredient helps soothe and heal irritated skin.

Vitamin A

Known as “the skin vitamin,” this ingredient encourages cellular renewal and helps maintain healthy skin.

Black cumin oil

Rich in essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and tocopherols (which often have vitamin E activity), this rich oil delivers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that are thought to help aid in skin recovery.


Phytochemicals in this flower help fight fungi, bacteria, and inflammation and may even accelerate wound healing.

Our skin doesn’t have to suffer when temperatures become cooler. Maintain a healthy diet rich in essential fatty acids and choose skin care products that contain natural, soothing ingredients for the healthiest skin possible. 



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Matthew Kadey, MSc, RDMatthew Kadey, MSc, RD