Grassfed Tallow for Eczema (Part 2)

Grassfed Tallow for Eczema (Part 2)

Food is Medicine

Cut to: 2015. My fourth and final year as an Air Canada Flight Attendant, and another FA introduces me to the Candida Diet. The most restrictive thing I've ever come across in my entire life, but it was also the very first time I was introduced to the idea that food is medicine and you can fix real problems by changing your diet. This was huge. Life changing. 

I started by cutting out sugar, alcohol and dairy since these were my favourite things. The results on my eczema were immediate. I couldn't believe it. The problem was that diet wasn't fully sustainable for me. I don't have the drive or self-control to cook myself a Candida meal and something else for my husband. I like to go out and indulge at amazing restaurants. I found a middle ground by cutting out dairy 95% of the time as I identified it as a major issue for me and keeping my refined sugar intake as low as possible as well. 

Grassfed Tallow as Treatment for Eczema

I finally happened upon grassfed tallow as treatment for my remaining eczema (that now only flared up in the driest winter months, or after I'd been eating cheese for three days in a row - FYI it's rude to turn down a good charcuterie board over the holidays). The results took a few weeks, but there were results. I had tried coconut oil and olive oil and found that they made it worse. Aloe didn't do anything. Honey didn't seem to have an effect on its own either. But tallow calmed the redness almost immediately. It made the dry itchiness subside and after two weeks it was gone. I LOVE being able to apply it to my eyelids without having to worry that it would thin the skin like cortisol creams. 

The Science Behind Tallow for Eczema 

Eczema occurs when the hydration of the surface of the skin decreases and water loss increases: the "barrier" part of the skin loses effectiveness (skin "dryness" generally means inferior barrier function because its ability to bind and hold water decreases)Studies have shown that not only is tallow good for atopic dermatitis / eczema, but can actually be better than steroid creams; even for infants.

The magic ingredient is the lipid (fat) profile of the fats and the fact that topically applied lipids (like those found in grass fed tallow) not only coat but also penetrate the skin and have anti‐inflammatory effects making them effective in healing atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin problem so the key to seeing results is long term and consistent use of grassfed tallow. By long-term, I mean seven to eight weeks. After the symptoms disappear, it is important to continue to moisturize to keep them from reappearing. 

 

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REFERENCES:

"Mechanisms of abnormal lamellar body secretion and the dysfunctional skin barrier in patients with atopic dermatitis."   https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091674914008689

"The steroid-sparing effect of an emollient therapy in infants with atopic dermatitis: a randomized controlled study."   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17191050/ 

"The effect of topical virgin coconut oil on SCORAD index, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance in mild to moderate pediatric atopic dermatitis: a randomized, double‐blind, clinical trial."   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ijd.12339

"The effect of topical virgin coconut oil on SCORAD index, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance in mild to moderate pediatric atopic dermatitis: a randomized, double‐blind, clinical trial."   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ijd.12339

 

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