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Is Avocado Good For Eczema?

The answer is both yes and no.

Some studies show that avocado can aid in the healing of atopic eczema, for instance.

But there are also testimonies from people that avocado can make eczema worse.

You should always consult your physician or health care provider if you're about to make changes to your diet that might affect any diagnosis you have.


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Benefits Of Eating Avocado When Having Eczema

Avocado has shown the ability to improve the quality of your skin and your overall health. But be a bit careful because avocado will not work for everyone. Some can get worse symptoms from consuming avocado when having eczema.

A study with 700 participants showed that a high intake of fat, including the fatty acids that avocado contains, was associated with increased elasticity in the skin.

Elasticity in the skin is important to uphold when having eczema. Many use different skin creams to alleviate symptoms. Even avocado oil has shown to be beneficial in this area. Further down in this article, we have written about how avocado oil can be helpful when treating eczema.

On the plus side of avocado; some findings indicate that the fats in avocado can protect against sun damage and wrinkles.

Avocado contains vitamin E

Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E, a nutrient which, in addition to strengthening the vein walls and supporting the immune system, can also act as a potent antioxidant.

When it comes to eczema, there is some evidence to suggest that vitamin E supplements could help to ease eczema symptoms. But the research is lacking. More studies are needed.

Avocado contain good essential fatty acids

Avocados contain essential fatty acids. It can help to maintain the structure of your skin and its barrier function.

This is extremely important for eczema-prone skin, where the barrier function is often impaired, allowing pathogens and toxins easier access to the body.


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Side Effects Of Eating Avocado When Having Eczema

Avocados contains some amounts of amines and itch-promoting salicylates , which in the worst case can worsen eczema symptoms.

Many eczema sufferers say that avocado makes their itching and symptoms worse. It might be to your benefit to skip the avocado if you suffer from eczema.

Avocado allergy

You can be allergic to avocado. One of the symptoms is skin rashes. If you have eczema-prone skin, you can make it worse if you also are sensitive to avocado.

If you want to know more about the two different allergies avocado can give, I recommend you to go to Can You Be Allergic To Avocado?

Avocado Oil For Eczema?

Avocado oil is beneficial to aid some eczema.

In most cases, avocado oil reduces the symptoms of eczema. But in some sensitive people, it can trigger more inflammation, just like consuming avocado.

Why avocado oil might work

Avocado oil is anti-inflammatory and often works great to relieve skin problems such as rashes, sores, eczema, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin.

Thanks to the fact that the oil is antibacterial, it can help soothe and heal the skin. While nutrients in the avocado oil help to build healthy new skin again.

There are two smaller studies with side-by-side trials which suggest that a topical preparation of 0.07% vitamin B12 based on avocado oil has a beneficial effect on atopic eczema as compared to placebo.

Avocado oil extracted from the pulp is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and oleic acid. It also contains sitosterol and carotene. All of these are excellent sources of enrichment for dry, damaged, or chapped skin.

If you are interested in knowing more about avocado oil (not just for eczema) you can read our article What Is Avocado Oil Good For? that brings up many aspects of avocado oil.


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How to apply avocado oil to my eczema?

Avocado oil is anti-inflammatory. Use cold-pressed and unrefined avocado oil.

  • Rinse your affected skin with water and dab it dry
  • Apply avocado oil with your fingertips in smooth circular movements
  • Leave it for about 15 minutes
  • Rinse off with warm water

The oil will keep your skin moisturized for long without giving it that oily feel as the oil gets absorbed by the skin quickly.

Conclusion: Using Avocado Seems Double-Edged

Using avocado for eczema seems to be double-edged. It might work, but it might make your eczema worse. It’s a bit of a gamble, but worth it if it works.

Start small and see if you notice any change.

I suggest that you be careful if you are trying avocado. Talk to your physician or health care provider if you have any doubts or want to change your diet in a major way.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator




Sara
Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.