Eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis are chronic skin disorders that are common in children but can occur in adults as well. These skin disorders commonly occur in people who suffer from asthma and hay fever. The current consensus in the scientific community is that skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis are the result of abnormal immune (autoimmune) response episodes. During normal immune response against infection the human body significantly increases the level of lymphocytes a form of white blood cells (leukocytes) circulating throughout the body to eliminate microorganism and toxins. Lymphocytes regulate cytokines that initiate inflammation and recruit phagocyte cells that utilizes a delicate balance of hydrogen peroxide, hydroxide ion radical, and super oxygen anion radical as bio-physiological weapons to eliminate infections, allergens, and toxins. However, in some people due to reasons not completely understood microorganisms (e.g., bacteria), fungi, yeast, and allergens can interfere with the immune defensive system resulting in severe inflammation, itching, dryness, and damaged skin. It is currently accepted that inherited genetic factors are the major causes for autoimmune response mechanism.

During the early and latter years of life genetic factors is the reason why people with unidentified immune imbalances show eczema type symptoms the most when physiologically challenged with microbiological and toxin intrusions. However, it may well be that the combination of genetic factors augmented by environmental factors (synthetic chemicals, metals, smog, radiation, process foods) are the real reasons behind dysfunctional immune responses in humans in the modern technological world.

Topical and oral treatments contain natural oils and moisturizers, synthetic steroids and antihistamines to relieve the symptomatic effects of inflammation and itching.

Natural oils such as carrot oil, evening primrose oil, hemp oil, and Shea Butter are all used to relieve the cracking and itching during eczema outbreaks. The makers of these products present many testimonials of success. Yet in most cases there exist very little scientific data available on these products that suggest that they are truly an alternative to synthetic steroids other than that these natural oils do not exhibit bad side-effects with prolong use. Furthermore, an examination of the ingredients of most of these natural products does not lead one to a acceptable conclusion on why the use of such products would demonstrate any significant affect on the symptoms of eczema based on what is now known about autoimmune responses. Although natural oils do offer some relief from the itching and inflammation associated with eczema, at best this relief is minor with marginal results.

Some commonly prescribed steroids are Mometasome furoate, Methylprednisolone aceponate, and Tiamcinolone acetonide. Although the use of steroids has shown some success in relieving inflammation prolong use of steroids come with potential harmful side effects. Observed side effects from the prolong use of steroids are adrenal gland suppression, Cushing Syndrome, skin thinning (atrophy), and stretch marks.

During allergic immune responses the formation of significant levels of histamine in the body leads to leakage of protein-type fluids into surrounding skin tissues leading to swelling and itching. Antihistamines like Promethazine, Trimethazine, and Hydroxyzine are popular prescribed medications used to control histamine levels during the occurrence of allergic reactions. Acute side effects of antihistamines are drowsiness, difficulty passing urine, impotence, and mental agitation. Some more potent antihistamines can cause electrical disturbances in the heart and if possible they should be avoided.

Newer non-steroidal topical immune modulators (TIM's) derived from the bacteria organism Streptomyces hygroscopicus in clinical trials has been reported to reduce itching and inflammation by turning off the human immune response mechanism. The drug sold under the name Pimecrolimus (1%) works by blocking the body's ability to produce cytokines in the immune system. Pimecrolimus is marketed under the trade name Elidel. However, precautions have been raised for people who may be considering the use of Pimecrolimus as an alternative to topical steroids. Treatment with Pimecrolimus may increase the possibility of chicken pox, herpes simplex viral infections, eczema herpeticum, or viral warts in people who have known compromised immune systems. Recent information from the use of Elidel has revealed that some of the people who used this product developed cancer.

The Company has suggested caution and consulting your doctor before using this product.


Xcel Nutraceuticals SO contains selected plant, fruit, and flower extracts that have been scientifically investigated and these investigations have been published and reviewed in peer scientific journals. The results from these investigations indicate that these natural extracts demonstrate positive biological activity that affect the inflammation processes that lead to itching, and swelling. Xcel SO further contains certain hydrocarbons, herbal oils, polyphenols, amino acids, and vitamins that results from current and past research investigative publications and review suggest help assistant the body’s immune system in the repair of damage skin and promote healing.