Debunking Myths: Drinking more water doesn't improve eczema

Every so often different theories on improving or even curing your eczema crop up and one that I want to talk about today is whether drinking lots of water can help improve your eczema.

Unfortunately the answer is no.

There is no question that if you are dehydrated that it can make your skin quite dry (and that’s the case whether you have eczema or not) but if you are drinking enough water during the day to keep your skin and body healthy (6 to 8 glasses per day) then that is enough.

There has been no evidence that more water will help.

The reason is that eczema is an immunity-deficiency disease. While it can be treated and managed with good diet (lots of omega 3 oils, green leafy vegetables and B vitamins) and a strong moisturizer (those recommended for sensitive or eczema prone skin), there is no cure.

Besides it can be dangerous to drink TOO MUCH water as it interferes with the balance of electrolytes in your body which are needed for optimal health.

Many websites claim that if you drink lots of mineral water or purified water that it can help your skin – but truthfully there is no evidence for this.  Water IS good for your overall health, but hasn’t been clinically proven to relieve symptoms of eczema sufferers.

But don’t take my word for it, try it if you like – it’s relatively inexpensive.  Just don’t expect any results.

It’s better to stick to a healthy stress free lifestyle and use a good moisturising cream instead. It’s also worth talking to your doctor if your eczema is severe.