Eczema Food Allergy Link: Creams containing common allergen ingredients can cause food intolerance
The eczema-food allergy link: Read about the poor woman who put goat's milk on her skin for eczema and got a food intolerance that nearly killed her. She treated her eczema with skin cream containing goat's milk. When she later ate feta cheese (a goat's milk cheese) she almost died. This is due to a life-threatening allergy to goat's milk. Her skin healed, but she developed a laboratory documented food allergy.
The eczema-food allergy link: Application of moisturizers containing common allergen ingredients to damaged skin can lead to food allergies. There are specialized cells beneath normal skin cells that can clearly trigger allergies. These cells will cause our body to become allergic. This can cause reactions when the food is subsequently eaten.
When our body removes dead cells it takes the antigen and specialized cell (antigen-cell) together to make our body allergic. When this happens, we generate the eczema-food allergy link. This process can be accelerated with the use of detergents or surfactants. Our skin care industry has found another application for the detergents and surfactants used in vaccines. Many of these chemicals were designed and selected because they can make us allergic. If we develop antibodies to flu or tuberculosis we will not get the disease. When we mix these potent allergy makers (detergents, surfactants) with common allergens we create a real problem. When the skin barrier is weak (eczema) we can and will develop allergies with enough exposure. Enough exposure of damaged skin means a real chance for making the eczema-food allergy link develop.
Eczema Food Allergy Link: All the common allergens like peanuts and soy can cause food intolerance. Indeed, doctors know but often ignore the fact that putting common allergens on eczema can cause a food allergy.
Skin Care Products For Eczema Need To Be Free of Common Allergens
Many creams for eczema contain “natural” food allergens such as milk, coconut and nut oils. Application of these moisturizers (containing food allergens) to damaged skin contribute to the eczema-food allergy link. With common allergen sensitization, allergic reactions occur when the food is subsequently eaten. You will find common allergens in many Aveeno products.
Even though we know about the eczema-food allergy link, the FDA does not require cosmetic manufacturers to label products if they contain allergens such as soy, peanuts, wheat, dairy and tree nuts. The FDA specifically allows highly refined oils from these to be labeled as "vegetable". The manufacturer need not tell you that the tocopherol or vitamin E derives from soy beans. Today BASF manufactures soy-based tocopherol with 95% of the market. Nobody else produces industrial quantities. If you eat foods containing tocopherol, you are likely eating soy.
Eczema Food Allergy Link: Ceela believes you have a need to know what allergens are in your cosmetics.
Ceela products, of course, have no common allergens or corn.
The FDA treats cosmetics and foods differently when it comes to allergen labeling requirements. For the FDA, the eczema-food allergy link only allows for food eaten to cause eczema, not the reverse. No labeling of common allergens in cosmetics needs to occur according to the FDA. Even highly purified soy and peanut oils do not need to be labeled as allergens. But we have published data that shows these contain small amounts of protein. Protein is linked to the allergic response to many foods. Because cosmetics do not contain label warnings about soy we can not really know if soy is present in any given cosmetic. Ceela believes we need to treat our skin like our gut. The eczema-food-allergy link means we should not put any known allergen on our skin. This can create the eczema-food allergy link.
The list below covers the FDA food allergens, only 90% of the food-allergic reactions. The top eight listed below have become the gold standard for food but not skin care manufacturers. Ceela has excluded these ingredients from our manufacturing facility and products. We use no products derived from these food sources. Also, we do not use corn-derived ingredients. This means Ceela simply avoids the Eczema Food Allergy Link.
The Common Allergens in Food per FDA:
- Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
- Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
- Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
- we include Corn as an allergen
Despite the eczema-food allergy link, the FDA does not require cosmetic manufacturers to label allergens such as soy, peanuts, wheat, dairy, and tree nuts.
In 2004 Congress only considered food and not cosmetics as it passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA). These eight foods are designated as “major food allergens” by FALCPA.
The characteristics of anaphylaxis from common food allergens are:
- constricted airways in the lungs
- severe lowering of blood pressure and shock
- suffocation by swelling of the throat
Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in:
- 30,000 emergency room visits
- 2,000 hospitalizations
- 150 deaths
If you have the potential for anaphylaxis, see your physician or nurse practioner. Prompt administration of epinephrine by autoinjector (e.g., Epi-pen) during early symptoms of anaphylaxis may help prevent these serious consequences. There appears to be a growing understanding of the Eczema Food Allergy Link.