Treating Eczema with Topical Vitamin B12


Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a chronic condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding. It may effect both adults and children.

Generally speaking, treatment guidelines for eczema involve:

  1. Emollients or moisturisers when the condition is mild; and
  2. Steroid creams when the condition is more aggravated.

The problem with moisturisers is that they are often not sufficient to prevent the eczema from flaring up, and the problem with steroid creams is that they have a large array of potential side effects.

Vitamin B12 as an all-natural treatment for eczema

Studies have shown that topical vitamin B12 can successfully treat dermatitis in both adults and children.  It is theorised that vitamin B12 causes a decrease in the production of nitric oxide—a pro-inflammatory chemical—in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis.  In one randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled multi-centre clinical trial presented in the British Journal of Dermatology, the results documented: “a significant superiority of vitamin B12 cream in comparison with placebo with regard to the reduction of the extent and severity of atopic dermatitis”. It also demonstrated “a continuously progressive beneficial treatment effect throughout the 8 week treatment phase. It can therefore be postulated that treatment beyond 8 weeks would result in further alleviation of signs to the point of complete remission.” (British Journal of Dermatology 2004; 150: 977-983).

Considering the almost non-existent potential for any side effects, topical vitamin B12 is undeniably a product of choice for the treatment of eczema in both adults and children alike.

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