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Here’s why steroids will never clear your eczema – and what WILL help.

We tend to think of our gut and our skin as two separate things – but really, they are one connected surface! Any gut disorder will immediately map itself onto your skin. If you want to achieve clear, glowing, radiant skin, the easiest and most efficient way to accomplish that is to improve your gut health.

Steroids are frequently over-used and used improperly. The National Eczema Society has this warning on its website: Do not use daily TCS (topical corticosteroids) continuously for more than two to four weeks — then the frequency should be tapered to twice weekly use. Your provider should strive to help create a safe and effective long-term treatment plan that does not include daily use of topical corticosteroids.

If you use steroids continuously or too frequently, you run the risk of Topical Corticosteroid Addiction, also known as RSS or Red Skin Syndrome. You can read more about this painful and difficult condition here:

Recent skin has demonstrated that eczema – along with psoriasis, rosacea and acne – is not just a skin condition, but is actually an autoimmune disorder1, that stem from the gut. This is why these issues can be so difficult to clear – you can apply endless amounts of steroids or topical ointments, and never resolve the problem – because the problem is not actually the skin, but the gut! You must heal the gut, to clear the skin.

Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system – four-fifths of which sits inside the gut – turns on itself inappropriately, and mistakenly attacks your body.2 Eczema is part of an autoimmune “allergic march” that frequently includes hay fever, allergies, food intolerances, IBS, depression and/or anxiety.

Why does this happen? It’s largely due to the stresses and chemicals that surround us in modern life. Your immune system is controlled by your gut microbiome, which is comprised of trillions of living bacteria. This natural ecosystem – like any natural ecosystem – is fragile and can be easily damaged.

The things that damage your internal ecosystem are sugar, antibiotics, stress and environmental toxins, like the ones in common household cleaners or personal care products. The average woman “hosts” over 515 unique chemicals by the time she steps out of the bathroom in the morning. Many of these compounds leach into your system and alter your DNA, making your cells unrecognisable to one another.3 This is the origin of autoimmune, or “friendly fire,” when your immune system turns on itself. It is also, perhaps, the reason why 78% of the people who suffer autoimmune disorders are women.4

So, what can you do to restore healthy, glowing skin and protect yourself from autoimmune disorders including eczema, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, colitis, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety and depression?

  • Drink therapeutic-grade kefir daily. This natural multi-strain probiotic drink will help restore and repair the living ecosystem inside your gut. Choose an unflavoured, unsweetened kefir made with real kefir grains, for maximum benefit. Note: sweetened “supermarket kefirs” often do more harm than good to the gut, because of the sweeteners and flavourings they contain. Avoid kefir made with cow’s milk, as it contains the A1 casein which is allergenic, inflammatory and can trigger autoimmune conditions and skin disorders.

  • Take a complete prebiotic daily. If you imagine that kefir “put the fish in the fish tank,” then prebiotics “feed the fish.” Gut bugs eat fibre, and each variety of gut bug consumes a different type of fibre. It’s difficult to get all those different exotic types of fibre into your diet, so a combined prebiotic powder is an efficient and easy option to improve gut health.

  • Take a microbiome test. This recently developed cutting-edge technology allows you to find out exactly what is going on inside your gut, and gives you a personalised list of foods that you need to eat, in order to boost your gut microbiome.

  • Go green and clean with your beauty products. Clean out your bathroom cupboards! Take a good hard look at every product that touches your skin, and throw out anything that contains ingredients you can’t pronounce. Replace with items that are free from any dyes, perfumes, petrochemicals, parabens or phthalates.

  • Use the natural healing power of herbs. Herbs like chickweed, chamomile, nettle, yarrow and calendula all protect and soothe both the gut and the skin, helping to soothe the itch of eczema. Drinking three cups daily of a herbal tea like our Skin Rescue Tea, as well as putting it into a therapeutic bath, will aid your healing from the inside and outside, naturally. 

Shann Nix Jones is a nutritional advisor, gut health expert, and best selling author on the topic of gut health.


  1. Healthline - "For the First Time, Study Proves Eczema Is an Autoimmune Disease". Written by Healthline on
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  2. Healthline - "For the First Time, Study Proves Eczema Is an Autoimmune Disease". Written by Healthline on
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  3. Reuters - "Average UK woman wears 515 chemicals a day". Written by Paul Casciato on November 19, 2009
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  4. NCBI - "Women and Autoimmune Diseases". Written by DeLisa Fairweather and Noel R. Rose on November 10, 2004
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10 thoughts on “Here’s why steroids will never clear your eczema – and what WILL help.

  1. Hi, both daughters suffer with eczema all over their bodies pretty sure it’s generic from their dad as he suffers with this also. My one child is 9 and the other is 11 months old. What do you recommend to give them? My 11 month old is still on powdered sma Baby milk and is currently having porridge and organic meals. Thanks

    1. Hi Bianca,

      Eczema has now been shown to be an autoimmune disorder. Read here to see how autoimmune issues are passed from mother to child –

      Our first recommendation would be our kefir. Being a probiotic drink, our kefir works to repopulate the good bacteria within the microbiome. In order to heal the skin, we must heal the gut first!

      We typically recommend our kefir for children aged 1+, however, a number of our customers do give it to their children younger than this – therefore, it would be a personal decision. If you were to give her the kefir, we’d recommend 20ml (one tablespoon) daily.

      The recommended dose depends on their age. We recommend the following daily doses –

      1 years old – 2 = 40ml (2 TBSP). 2 – 3 years old = 80ml. 4 years and above = full dosage of approx 170ml

      We don’t recommend consuming cows dairy as it contains the A1 casein, which is naturally allergenic and full of fatty molecules which can create a mucus build up and exasperated skin and respiratory issues. Our kefir is made with goat’s milk, which is an A2 dairy, so is better for human consumption.

      In terms of skincare, our gentlest formula is our Sensitive range as it doesn’t contain any essential oils. Please be aware that this is age tested 3 years+, however, this is purely to enable us to put a 12 month best before date on it. Again, we have a number of customers that use this on their younger children, so it would be a personal decision. We just advise carrying out a patch test on a clear area of skin first, to ensure no reaction.😊

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.

      Best wishes,

  2. Help please Shann, I have been drinking your delicious kefir for ages now and my skin is pretty clear of Acne Rosacea which has plagued me for the last 50 years! Although I am on a maintenance dosage if Roaccutain twice per week. However, my ears are so sore, red itchy and the skin peels. I have to put Trimovate cream on every other day to try and relieve my symptoms, as prescribed by my dermatologist. I have tried your sensitive balm which works wonders on dry areas on my body but unfortunately doesn’t work on my ears which are so itchy all the time and I can literally peel skin from. My dermatologist has said previously that many people with rosacea suffer from similar problems with their ears. I would be so pleased to hear if any ideas you may have that I could try. Thank you so much and kind regards. Linda x

    1. Hi Linda,

      It’s great that the kefir has helped to clear your acne rosacea!

      For itchy areas, we would ideally recommend the Super Sensitive Skin Balm – however, as you’re unfortunately not getting any relief with this, we’d recommend our Skin Rescue Tea.

      I hope this helps – keep us posted 🙂


  3. Excellent Article, thank you. I suffered from both eczema and psoriasis for years with differing degrees of severity until one day it appeared to cover my most of my body! When I saw my local doctor all he had to offer was steroid cream which I already knew could be harmful. Instead I saw a nutritionist who, following a very detailed gut health analysis prescribed probiotics and avoiding cows milk and gluten probiotics. After a while I moved on to drinking a daily dose of goats milk Kaffir and my skin is now perfect. In fact at the age of 62 I have the best skin I have ever had. Just wish I had know this earlier!

    1. Hi Sophia,

      Thank you!

      We’re very glad that you found this natural route, and have been able to clear your eczema and psoriasis 🙂

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything further that we can help you with.

      Best wishes,

  4. Thank you for the article on skin issues and the gut. So interesting that I came across your website as I am a holistic health coach struggling with a rash on just one finger that has grown over the last three months from a few small itchy raised little bumps to a red dry scaly itchy sore rash with small white little bumps and red sore little patches. I am a clean eater and very gut aware. I make my own kefir from raw cows milk, eat sauerkraut and drink kombucha. Eat mostly greens and some protein and lots of healthy fats, including fish oil, cocking oil, MTC, good butter. So I’m completely dumbfounded as to why I should be having any skin issues. Never had any skin problems and have very healthy skin which is never dry. I make my own organic skin products and have beautiful skin for a 64 year old. Look like I’m in my early 50’s more. I use non toxic cleaning products and very conscientious about healthy everything. I’m interested in your microbiome test and your products but live in Canada. I’m from England and have Welsh heritage with a maiden name of Jones. Can you give me any suggestions or help please? Thank you. Lynn

    1. Hi Lynn,

      A large amount of skin issues stem from dysbiosis within the microbiome, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. – We refer to this as ‘auto-immune’ and this is when we recommend kefir, to repopulate the good bacteria.

      Please note that we’re not a fan of cow’s dairy as it contains the A1 casein, it’s a natural allergen and full of fatty molecules. Hence why our kefir is made with goat’s milk, it’s better for human consumption – therefore, you may wish to make this change moving forward 🙂

      Your diet and healthy lifestyle sounds great – you should be very proud of this!

      In terms of skincare, our Soothing range may be of interest to you – containing rosemary essential oil, this is a natural anti-inflammatory. Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin, the Sensitive range may be better suited. Just be sure to carry out a patch test on a clear area of skin first and leave for around 10 minutes, to ensure no reaction. We can ship our skincare internationally and the shipping fee is £14.99.

      We can send you the Microbiome Test, however, you would need to call us to order. You would then need to arrange for the kit to be returned to Atlas Biomed – and when it’s time for your consultation, we can either arrange an audio call via Zoom, or we politely ask you to call us.

      I hope this helps!

      Best wishes,

    1. Hi Gill,

      That’s great!

      In terms of our skincare, we’d recommend our Super Sensitive Skin Balm. It’s made with natural herbs, beeswax and sunflower oil – it’s also very gentle and hydrating. Just be sure to carry out a patch test on a clear area of skin first and leave for around 10 minutes, to ensure no reaction 🙂

      Best wishes,

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