Which Foods Cause Eczema?


Learning which foods cause eczema is an important step towards treating and healing your eczema. Millions of people are suffering from this annoying skin condition worldwide, so you’re not alone.

When I first got eczema I never thought that the food I ate could be causing or making my skin worse. In this article I’ll go through some of the most common types of trigger foods I had, so I hope it’ll give you some advice on what foods to avoid with eczema!

Alcohol & Caffeine

Are you ready for this? Alcohol was a big trigger for me. I don’t drink coffee so I don’t know about that, but I’ve read that it is a big one for many.

Caffeine can cause an increase in your hormones, cause stress and trigger an outbreak of eczema. So avoid things like chocolate, soda, high-caffeine teas and coffee.

Alcohol was one thing I used to drink and after awhile I started noticing that my skin became worse after drinking, so I decided to stop and see what would happen.

Sure enough, my skin started to improve after a few weeks. It didn’t heal, but it got better, so I thought ‘hmm, what else can I do?’

Junk Food

I know, I know, this is a horrible article, and I really love my pizzas, hamburgers, hot dogs and what not, but they had to go.

When I got rid of these foods my skin got even better. I was surprised that I didn’t think of junk foods when I thought about which foods cause eczema.

But when I finally stopped eating them I noticed the difference and it dawned on me, junk foods are bad!

Dairy and Red Meat

This can be a big one.  Most of us learn to eat lots of red meat and dairy when we grow up, so giving it up isn’t easy. It has taken me many years, but I’ve slowly reduced the amount of red meat in my diet to a minimum.

I got rid of dairy a long time ago. I switched to raw milk from organic grassfed cows instead, it is a lot healthier for you than the pasteurized milk you find in the stores today. You might also want to try raw goat’s milk, I’ve heard good things about it.


Candy, sodas, chocolate, and all of their friends MUST GO. When I eliminated processed sugar from my diet I saw the biggest improvements in my skin.

I was extremely addicted to sugar while I was experiencing the worst eczema symptoms, and I forced myself to stop.

When I became more conscious about sugar and how it affected my eczema, I started seeing how much sugar was in almost every product. It’s in breads, pizzas, and most ready-to-eat meals, so you have to read labels and watch out.

Over to You

That’s all I have to say about which foods cause eczema. Eating a healthy diet and moisturizing definitely had a big impact on my eczema, but now I want to hear from you.

What trigger foods do you have? Do you have any tips on healing eczema? Post a comment below! :)

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  1. i have had eczema for years it was so bad that it broke off my hair in the first grade . i was so sad i coul’nt believe it . but now i have it under control a little i did’nt know that all this stuff could trigger my eczema and that all these things i couldnt do but now that i know this stuff i think my eczema would be gone for good

  2. I’ve had eczema for almost ten years. I had it severly in the palm of my hands and the inside of my feet. No creams or lotions ever worked, nothing worked. It even costed me my waitressing job. Never in my life have I ever felt more embarrassed than to look for a job with hands looking as bad as mine did. It even prevented me from looking for work because I was so ashamed. But as I sit here, it dawned on me. I havn’t had soda, chocolate or fatty snack foods in over a month. My hands and feet look almost as good as they did 10yrs ago!! This has been a dream come true for me, as now I can feel confident again to shake another persons’ hand. Maybe now I can finally feel like a human again…

  3. You are right on with this info. I have suffered with hand eczema for many years. I have tried 3 dermatologist’s and every cream out there. I was recently diagnosed as pre diabetic and I have eliminated sugar and flour from my diet. Too my surprise my eczema has improved 80%. There is definitely a connection between diet and eczema. Thanks for your article.

  4. I decided to give up junk food and added sugar for awhile to see how it would affect my eczema. It dramatically reduced the severity of my eczema, even in the worst spots. This past weekend I decided to eat whatever I want (donuts, tons of cow’s milk, cookies, all sorts of junk), and on Monday my skin was so cracked, dry, itchy, and red – not to mention I had some red acne spots appear. I looked like a mess. Goes to show that it really DOES make a difference in my skin and from now on I’m really going to take this new diet change seriously!

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