Do we need to change our diet for our skin?

Ok, so I’m having one of those days were I’m questioning my whole life and eczema. When you research eczema management and relief there is a lot of information out there about diets, what to eat and what to avoid. I just don’t get it. I mean, I get the whole what we put into our bodies can have an effect on us but also at the same time pizza makes me happy so leave me alone.

I was brought up with a healthy outlook on food. I ate loads of fruit and veg and was steered away from fizzy drinks and sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I ate sweets and McDonalds but it was more of a treat and I still have this attitude towards food now. So eating healthily isn’t a problem for me at all, it’s the cutting things out that I can’t get my head around.

For example, dairy. I have cereal every morning so drinking milk every day is just the norm for me. I don’t really have much but it’s still part of my day to day diet. There’s a lot of information regarding milk/ dairy and eczema and a lot of people have had success cutting it out whilst being on a strict diet. It’s a little trickier for me because I’m allergic to nuts so nut milks are a no go. I do like oat milk but it’s expensive and I always think why should I bother? I like cows milk so why can’t I just have it on my cereal? Is it really effecting me that much? Do I even notice a difference when I don’t have any milk for a week or so? Also, cheese is my life! I love you cheese!

Alcohol. I understand this one more than dairy because when I have been out drinking I definitely notice my skin is a lot drier, dull and more prone to a flare. I have cut out  alcohol quite a lot but every now and again I will have wine with friends or at home because I enjoy it. Researching alcohols effects on eczema tells you to cut it it completely. Would a bottle of wine every 3 months or so really do much damage? Would having a few drinks on holiday mean I’m not in control of my eczema? I think giving up alcohol altogether would make me miserable, not because I am dependent on it but because I am restricted. Having drinks with friends makes me happy, do I have to be unhappy to make my eczema happy?

Sugar. As I said earlier, I have a very healthy diet and I totally understand that eating too much sugar can have an effect on anyone’s body, eczema or no eczema. But chocolate is amazing and I love it. I don’t want to give up biscuits either! Like I said with alcohol, I’m not dependent on sugar but i know if I completely cut it out I would want it more and one day I’d just snap and eat 5 chocolate cakes and my boyfriend would nickname me Bruce Bogtrotter.

As you know if you read my blog, I am very open to trying new things and switching up my routine but I feel as though I am happy with my diet right now and eat a lot of ‘bad’ things in moderation, so do I need to change for my eczema? Do I need to be miserable and hard on myself every time I have a bag of crisps? Is my skin bad enough to think about a lifestyle change? Does anyone else feel like this or am I thinking way too much into it?

For anyone that has cut out these things from their diets I don’t want you to think that I am criticising you in any way.  This is simply me just questioning a few things and having a bit of a rant.

One thought on “Do we need to change our diet for our skin?

  1. Anna | Yes, Little Hummingbird? says:

    When it comes to skin conditions like Eczema, the thing is: They’re chronic / permanent diseases. They will never go away. They will always be there, no matter what you do.

    While what you eat 100% has an effect on your skin? Because of the nature of these diseases, when it comes to skin conditions like these… That effect isn’t going to be as pronounced; cutting out dairy or soy or gluten won’t solve the underlying issue with something like Eczema like drinking more water would if you had normal dry skin. Because the underlying issue isn’t soy or dairy or gluten… It’s a genetic skin disease- and all of the various types of skin diseases (Rosacea, Eczema, etc) are caused by various things.

    So healthier food decisions are better for your health (and your skin) overall… But eat your pizza if you want to, girl ❤

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