15 years of Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and arms has led me down a path of many treatments which do not work. 1) Upping Vitamin A & Fermented Cod Liver 2) Exfoliating 3) Jojoba oil every day (noticed slight positive results) 4) Liver cleanse (reduction in the roughness) 5) Attempting several Gut cleanses and failing
Dry brushing (Towards the heart to get lymphatic system working) has always helped with the feel of the bumps, how rough they are, however nothing has ever taken away the redness.
This week I have gotten them all over my upper back. In the past 3 weeks Ive been eating bread daily which I usually do 1-2 times per week.
I now have the small lumpy white kind all over my back.
I've always notice bloating, constipation, gut irritation after gluten, dairy & sugar though have never done anything about it. Gut Flora. I know I've got to cut the gluten, dairy (unless raw & fermented)
Intuitively I feel that my diet has always been the cause. It started at 12/13 when I ate nothing but crap in school and out of school.
Of course its worse in winter, and better with sunlight (VIT D) though the little red bumps (which contain a little ingrown hairs)
Anyone had this case, suffered for years, finally beat it?
Anyone feel that high Insulin levels are linked, have gotten insulin responses down for long enough to see serious results?
I had Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of both upper arms (triceps area) for years. It was only mildly annoying, looked like chicken skin and rarely got itchy or inflamed, but people would sometimes ask what it was.
When I first went paleo, I dropped ALL grains and sugars for about 3 weeks. Everything, totally strict, no wheat, corn, oats, or any product made with any of these, as well as all refined sugars.
The Keratosis Pilaris was one of the 10 or so minor health annoyances that completely went away within about 2 weeks. The skin on the back of my arms is now supple and perfect. I am not sure which grain or sugar was causing the problem, but I attribute this to a general, low-grade inflammation that was completely eliminated by changing diet.
Ahhhh the dreaded KP.
I had it really badly on my arms all throughout my childhood and then got it on my thighs for a while too. I found that mine was WORST during the winter and when I consumed processed, gluten, and dairy containing foods.
Thankfully, mine has pretty much receded in the past 6 months...yay!!! For me, I completely eliminated non-paleo foods, stopped using soap to scrub the bumps, and got lots and lots of sun exposure. I also found that not wearing tight clothes in the problem areas helps as well.
Hope some of this helps!
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How much FCLO are you taking? Are you getting a lot of Vitamin K2 too? I'm doing the high vitamin butter oil PLUS Mk-4 (about 10 mg/ 2 carlson brand) and 1 90mcg mk7 by Jarrow a day. Then transdermal magnesium and oral.
Oh and per recommendation from Mellisa McEwen's blog I started taking showers in lukewarm to cool water. Really makes a huge difference.
Another KP thread, but will share my experience again. Had it all my life (as I remember). Going paleo did not help (or hurt). But recently starting eating liver (beef and chicken) and within 4 weeks, all 99% of KP is gone, skin is no longer dry, scalp is not flaky in the slightest either. Nothing short of miraculous in my opinion. What's in the liver having this effect? Copper or retinol. I've supplemented vitamin A in the past and have not had positive skin effects, so I'm thinking it's more the enhanced copper (I know supplementing copper in my own livestock has similar effects on skin/hair.)
I concur with some of the answers already here, most especially the avoidance of hot water and soaps (even 'natural' soap alternatives).
I was surprised just how effective it is, after years of bad skin - why didn't someone tell me earlier?!
Go lukewarm or cold if you can stand it (even just some cold at the end will help build up your tolerance). I find this very hard in winter, so my symptoms are always worse in winter, but this just shows me that the lukewarm or cold water idea works.
A bit of exfoliation with a cloth is good too, and some sunshine when you can get it (another reason why my symptoms are worse in winter), not sure if Vit D supplementation helps, I think the improvement is more to do with the actual UV rays, although I have no articles to support this, just personal experience. I am taking 4000 Vit D3 at the moment (it's winter here) and can't say it's had much effect on my skin. It always looks its best in summer when I'm happy to take cool showers and get as much sun as I can (without burning of course).
I don't have much to add here.
I had KP for 30+ yrs. I had other skin issues [plaque psoriasis and celiac HP], so this was something I never paid much attention. I did try a number of lotions with limited success [eucerin, cortizone, glycolic acid [AHA], lactic acid cream, and others].
And then 2+ yrs ago I started strict AI-protocol paleo, and it just went away.
Vit D, and shorter, cooler showers with mild soap followed by a good moisturizer [I use coconut oil] are all good suggestions, but your primary focus should be on going strict paleo for 30 days: absolutely no grains, dairy, legumes, industrial seed oils, added sugars, etc. and if you are having success, only then start re-introducing potentially problematic foods like dairy and chocolate.
Mine comes and goes and haven't really pinpointed the cure, but I think avoiding long hot showers and lots of exfoliation and moisturizing helps. Avene makes a cream called Akerat specifically for this condition which I am using and like.