My boyfriend and I are in very different places in the paleo journey. He has been following the lifestyle for years and I only started a few months ago. We have been fussing with macro nutrient ratios lately. He is always low carb but has more protein than fat where as I am low carb trying to do high fat mod protein.
He always seems to have a rash of sorts that is tons of little bumps on the back of his arms. I cant figure out what is causing it! He eats ground beef, raw kale, chicken soup (made the right way with TONS of minerals etc) and thats about it. I eat a much more varied diet. Now, I have only gotten the bumps a few times but I also get them on my legs! There doesnt seem to be any particular food that causes it.
Now I lets just say thanksgiving was an epic failure for me in all ways. I ate things that I cant even bring myself to write. Moving on, but I am really really breaking out into the "bump rash" right now. All over my body it seems! ARgggg
So here are my questions:
What are these bumps?????
Why does he have them and what does it mean? It seems like inflammation of some kind but from what?
Am I having them right now because I am "detoxing" from my thanksgiving binge? It is the first time in months I had eaten such.. crap. Think store bought pie, fudge, stuffing made with fake butter ugh the list goes on.
Bf did not eat anything bad for the holiday- he was smartly at home and did not go to either of our mothers feasts. I am back on track - and pretty strict.
Shifting away from nutrition here - could this be something more in your environment that's affecting you both? New washing detergent / soaps / cleaning products? Something in your water supply? Air borne particles from nearby traffic or industrial works?
Or, dare I say it. Fleas from pets or bedbugs?
Just a thought...
Keratosis Pilaris is a definite possibility. Up your vitamin A with a some organ meat (liver being the best), or vit a supplement, and also check your vit d levels as you may need to address these also.
Is it itchy? If it is itchy then I personally assume it might be because of the toxic load at the liver. I get itchy little bumps whenever I'm not eliminating bad things from my body, like after eating high carbs, sugar, dairy, gluten etc. It comes out of skin. The itchy bumps go on for 1-2 weeks after ingesting the bad stuff. Especially since you say that you get break-outs after eating "something you can't bring yourself to speak of".....
I agree with Nudge. I had the same problem for a long time after spending a year traveling in Australia. Not only was I massively fat-soluble vitamin deficient, but I was getting a ton of sun, so I was probably having way too much vitamin D, which is known to result in a consequential vitamin A deficiency (see Chris Masterjohn's work: http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2009/04/tufts-university-confirms-that-vitamin.html)
Hyperkeratosis pillaris is a common sign of vitamin A deficiency. It may be possible that the deficiency might be in vitamin K2 as well, since K2 is required for vitamins A and D to function correctly.
I only recently was able to heal my KP with a combination of diet and good exfoliation. But it can be done. It's not a detox reaction, it's a fundamental problem of disordered keratin production in the skin. The bumps are simply a buildup of keratin around the hair follicle.
I would add cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil to your supplement routine if you have one. As far as products go, I like KP Duty by Dermadoctor (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P147925&om_mmc=GoogleBase&_requestid=42976&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=934539&sbanner=us_search)for exfoliation in the shower, and Amlactin XL (http://www.dermadoctor.com/product_AmLactin-XL-Moisturizing-Lotion-with-Ultraplex_1018.html?AID=5210&src=cse&ecamp=froogle) as a lotion.
Combining good diet, fat-soluble vitamins, and an aggressive exfoliation routine has completely cured my hyperkeratosis pillaris, so I really recommend that protocol for you and your boyfriend!
I had keratosis for years. My chiropractor told me to take flaxseed oil when my DS was little - it cleared it up!
It's definitely to do with fats... Whether its ratios (omega 3:6:9 etc.) or fat soluble vitamins (vitamin a etc.), I'm not sure. I know that supplementing with flaxseed oil worked for me.
That was SWD eating & before low carb/paleo. I have scars from having it for so long, but it doesn't flare like it used to.
I think I also read that it's something to do with not being efficient at converting beta-carotene to retinol.
Knowing what the condition is should help find what works to relieve it though!
And, FWIW, I see a lot of overweight people with it in the UK.
Definitely sounds like KP [ie, chicken skin]. I had this for 25+ yrs, mostly on back of arms, and on torso. I had a ton of 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, glycolic acid [AHA], lactic acid cream, and others].
And then I started paleo and it just went away.
It seems like there is an inflammation component, so you might try something like cortizone 10. Also, mine was always much worse in the winter, so maybe either low vit D, or just the dryness. You might try more moisturizing [I use coconut oil after a shower].
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