Dietary Advice for Skin Health

The correct balance of nutrients is vital for skin to repair and renew itself. A diet based on refined and processed foods can lead to nutritional shortfalls that also affect the immune system, hormonal balance and bowel function – all factors that may be reflected in skin health. 

Foods containing additives and colourings, tea, coffee, fried foods, sugary foods and drinks, dairy products and animal fats can contribute to skin problems or make them worse. 

Alcohol can also exacerbate itchy, flaky and inflamed skin conditions, and is best kept to a minimum. 

The best approach is to eat fresh, unprocessed foods including fruit and vegetables, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds with plenty of fluid in the form of plain water, herbal teas, or diluted fruit juices. Aim to eat at least 5-7 portions of a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables daily plus around two litres of fluid.  

Some cases of eczema may be linked to food allergy or intolerance and eliminating the offending foods can greatly improve the condition. Cow’s milk and wheat products are common triggers for skin problems, but other foods may be identified using food sensitivity testing as a guide. 

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Napiers Skin Soother Herbal Relief contains burdock root, sarsaparilla, queen's delight and red clover.

Napiers Elixir of Echinacea contains echinacea, wild indigo and fumitory.


Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is the mainstay of most internal treatments for skin, as it has a detoxifying effect on the liver.

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If you have chronic health problems, we advise you to see a medical herbalist at Napiers or through the  National Institute of Medical Herbalists


Starflower oil (Borago officinalis) is pressed from the seeds. High in GLA it is extremely soothing.


Calendula (C. Officinalis) also called Pot Marigold stimulates and speeds up skin cell renewal.


Humble Chickweed (Stellaria media) is cooling in skin creams for even the most sensitive and delicate skin types. 

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