Steroid Free Topical Therapy for Eczema, Dermatitis & Psoriasis
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Eczema is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin conditions. In Canada, every 5 children and 12 adults, there is 1 suffering from eczema or dermatitis. Dry, red, inflamed and very itchy skins are the characteristics of eczema.
In severe case, skin may ooze, become scaly, crusted or hardened. It is prone to infection if skin is broken. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by red, dry flakes, skin scales and plaques of raised skin. This skin disease affects over 6 million1 people in the United States.
Many triggering factors cause dermatitis: pollution, chemicals exposure (e.g. detergents, soap), food allergies, food additives (artificial color, flavor), harmful substances in skin care and personal care products (e.g. sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances, phthalates), climate change and stress.
Main goals are to control itch and heal the skin. Topical steroids with different potencies are the mainstay as the first step medical approach. They are usually very effective in reduce the itchiness in acute flare. However, long term use can also lead to an eczema vicious cycle:
There are also long term adverse effects from using steroid including thinning of skin, skin hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, and weaken skin immunity.
Besides minimizing the triggering factors, our clinical team recommends steroid FREE topical B12 formulation, Max B12 Therapeutic Cream, which is a clinically proven therapy for dermatitis2, eczema3 and psoriasis4-5.
B12 has a powerful regenerating effect in injured skin and helps with wound healing. Therapeutic grade essential oils that are beneficial to skin health are also added in the formulation to further enhance the protection and healing process. For milder cases, Biozkin B12 plus+ cream would be the suggested choice. Both B12 formulations are Free of harmful substances: parabens, DEA, MEA, TEA, phthalates, MCI/MI, artificial color and fragrance.
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- Januchowski R. Evaluation of topical vitamin B12 for the treatment of childhood eczema. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Apr;15(4):387-9
- Memmel U, Hoffmann M, Hartung J, et al. Vitamin B12 cream containing avocado oil in the therapy of plaque psoriasis. Dermatology 2001;203:141-7
- Regana MS, Levancini CF, Ortigosa, JS. Topical vitamin B12: evaluation of its efficacy in plaque-type psoriasis. RevistaLatinoamericana de Psoriasis y ArtritisPsoriasica 2001;3:15-24