Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become inflamed or irritated. It usually afflicts those who suffer from allergies and asthma, thus indicating a root cause — usually an environmental allergen such as dust or mold, or more commonly a food or detergent. Although it is more common in children, eczema can affect adults too.\nTreating eczema is tricky. There are steroid creams for extreme cases, but usually it’s a matter of keeping the skin moist, bathing in a soothing oatmeal or vinegar bath, and of course trying to avoid the trigger, if that can be determined.\nOf course every case is different, which is what makes eczema such a tricky condition to treat.\nRecent evidence suggests that eczema sufferers can drastically improve or even resolve the condition by addressing overgrowth of Candida in their digestive system.\nThis is great news for those who have been relying on steroids or topical immunosuppressants to control their eczema because those products have dangerous side effects. We are learning that perhaps there is a way to cure eczema from the inside out.\nWhat is Candida?\nCandida is an overgrowth of yeast in the digestive system, which can cause a host of digestive and other issues (such as eczema).\nHow do you treat Candida?\nTreating Candida basically means starving the yeast in the digestive system by eliminating sugar, yeast and cheese from the diet. No fun, right?? But many who suffer from eczema have found relief from basically starving the Candida out of their systems.\nDon’t be alarmed if symptoms will worsen at first, or if you experience headaches or nausea. This is mostly likely due to the dying off and release of toxic chemicals from the Candida and shouldn’t last more than a week.\nMaintenance\nOnce the Candida is gone and the eczema begins to improve, it’s important to keep the immune system strong to keep both conditions at bay. Eating yogurt and taking probiotic supplements to create healthy gut flora will also help the Candida from reoccurring. Raw garlic also has anti-fungal properties that help the battle against Candida and eczema.\nA healthy diet of whole foods, primarily good quality meats and vegetables, will keep your body healthy and strong.\nNaturally it’s important to find skincare products that do not irritate the skin. Theraderm has several skincare lines made from the highest quality ingredients. For those with eczema, I recommend trying the Cleansing Wash followed by the Gentle Facial Moisturizer. The gentle, non-irritating formula of the Cleansing Wash purifies and refreshes even the most sensitive skin, and the Gentle Facial Moisturizer is water-based so as not to clog your pores or irritate sensitive skin.