Has your dermatologist told you about this natural eczema remedy?
Fulvic acid is an excellent digestive tonic. There’s evidence that it can help heal the gut, in addition to being traditionally used to support immune function.1,2 Fulvic acid can also help combat oxidative damage and lessen inflammation, which is why dermatologists are investigating its potential as an eczema remedy.3
Can you use fulvic acid to support healthy skin?
And, if so, what’s the best way to apply this mineral-rich substance?
To answer this question, let’s start with the basics — by understanding the functions of fulvic acid:
- Fulvic acid comes from broken-down plant matter in the soil and comprises a group of chemicals including many beneficial minerals.
- It’s known to have several nutraceutical benefits, such as helping to reduce inflammation, support immune function, and exert antimicrobial activity.2,4
- Given the benefits of taking fulvic acid internally — helping to support the digestive system, repair the gut, break down biofilms, and inhibit pathogen growth, etc. — researchers began to consider the potential for fulvic acid to offer health benefits when applied topically.5
In some studies, topical fulvic acids applied to wounds infected with antibiotic-resistant pathogens helped to stimulate immune function and prevent the spread of infection.4 Recognizing the likely benefits of topical fulvic acid, attention has now turned to soothing inflamed skin in conditions like eczema.
Eczema is a difficult skin condition to treat, with recurrent episodes, a systemic component, and vulnerability to often unavoidable external irritants. Treatment is usually in the form of topical glucocorticoids and emollients or with topical calcineurin antagonists (e.g., pimecrolimus or tacrolimus). In some severe cases, systemic immunosuppressive therapy may be used too.
These approaches can offer relief but do little to address underlying mechanisms contributing to eczema. What’s more, they may leave a person more vulnerable to infection and create the conditions for overall poor health.
Taking fulvic acid internally may offer an eczema remedy by addressing intestinal upset and microbial imbalances. Other internal remedies, such as EcoOxyzyme, may also be of benefit by helping to bust through biofilms (which compromise gut health and hinder the absorption of nutrients essential for healthy skin and immune function) and by helping the body to manage inflammation.
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What about applying topical fulvic acid to calm inflamed skin?
Skin pH is an important factor in many conditions:
- The term “acid mantle” was first used by Schade and Marchionini to describe the slightly acidic conditions of the top layer of human skin, with a pH of 4 to 6.6
- This is a result of amino acids, fatty acids, sebum secreted by the sebaceous gland, and lactate excreted from sweat.
- Together, these compounds create a barrier that prevents bacterial colonization.
- The higher the pH of skin, i.e., the more alkaline, the greater the risk of secondary infections.7
- An increase in skin pH (i.e., greater alkalinity) has also been associated with atopic and seborrheic dermatitis.8-10
Because fulvic acid is an acid, it may, therefore, help keep infection at bay. Indeed, naturally-derived fulvic acid has been seen in laboratory studies to have both clear anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically to mice and antimicrobial activity.11 The acidity of fulvic acid also has the additional benefit of helping to relieve skin itching associated with eczema.
This has played out in clinical research involving patients with eczema:
- In one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, fulvic acid led to significant relief from erythema (redness) and a reduction in severity of eczema in patients with the skin condition.12
- There were minimal side effects reported, and fulvic acid was well-tolerated.
- Compared to just using an emollient, those using topical fulvic acid had significant skin improvements.
The treatment comprised a carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid concentrated at 3.5 percent, compared to a pH-matched emollient placebo (pH 4.8). Participants applied the creams twice daily to affected areas, along with Epizone A® emollient buffered with acetic acid as needed.
The one reported difference in side effects in this study was minor — a short-lived burning sensation when first applying the fulvic acid (which is common whenever applying liquid minerals topically). Both the patients themselves and the clinicians reported significant benefits from the fulvic acid.
Fulvic acid was also seen in one study to affect histamine levels in skin and to decrease allergic responses on a skin prick test.13 This further suggests that the substance may be beneficial for those with skin sensitivities.
This spray can be used twice a day as needed to help feed and nourish your skin with essential minerals and amino acids. As per the studies outlined above, using fulvic acid topically may also help your skin to maintain a healthy pH, meaning less risk of microbial infection, inflammation, and immune system hypersensitivity.
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