Help for Inflammatory Skin Rashes

Anti-inflammatory antioxidants can help treat inflammatory skin rashes like psoriasis and dermatitis.

Alpha lipoic acid has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that could help in the treatment of skin rashes — including: (ii.219-220)

Studies from decades ago suggest that some people with skin conditions may have an alpha lipoic acid deficiency. Urinary tests showed that 22% of patients tested had abnormally low levels of the antioxidant(ii.221)

Immune System Support

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An overactive immune system response contributes to inflammatory skin rashes. One way to treat these conditions would be to help regulate and reduce this response. (ii.219)

Boosting certain anti-inflammatory PPAR proteins in skin cells may help. Studies show that topical creams and oral supplements made with alpha lipoic acid derivatives worked better than known PPAR drugs typically used to treat diabetes(ii.219)

Metabolic Support for Psoriasis Patients

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Psoriasis is linked to metabolic syndrome diseases, including: (ii.222)

All of these conditions are characterized by chronic inflammation. Taking antioxidants along with anti-inflammatory drugs for psoriasis may help. (ii.222)

Clinical Study

Clinical studies using alpha lipoic acid show it help treat high blood pressure. At least 2 large clinical studies indicate it may even help you lose weight. In patients with psoriasis, alpha lipoic acid and other antioxidants helped get cholesterol levels back to normal. (ii.2325222-223)

Recommended Dosage

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Integrative medicine doctors suggest that oral doses of 600-1200 mg/day of alpha lipoic acid could help repair. (ii.224)

Precaution — Delayed Allergic Reaction

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Although rare, alpha lipoic acid may cause an allergic skin reaction.

Doctors have reported rare cases of patients having an allergic reaction to alpha lipoic acid: