Coping with Keratosis Pilaris


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A guide for people with keratosis pilaris on healthy living and clear skin.

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Coping with Keratosis Pilaris

  1. 1. Coping with Keratosis PilarisFor people with keratosis pilaris, even simple everyday things like a day on the beach oran event where photos will be taken can be off putting. Constantly worrying about peopleseeing those red tiny bumps on your skin, and thinking about how you can cover them up.Will it be cakes of makeup today, or a light shirt thatll cover my upper arms andshoulders?This gets to be quite a pain real fast, especially when youre having to think like thisnearly everyday for long periods of time. Learning to cope with KP and hopefully lessenthe amount and frequency of outbreaks, and to try to keep your skin clear of all of thoseKP bumps can be really time consuming.There are however, many options for people whod like to clear their skin of KP at leastfor most of the time. Firstly, there are general things that should work for all people withkeratosis pilaris to improve their overall skin condition, and possibly lessen the severityor their symptoms and outbreaks.Then there are various other treatments that only tend to work for other people, who cancompletely clear up their red bumps and itchy dry skin permanently, as long as they keepusing these treatments on a regular basis. The main skin care rituals that anyone who has KP should be following are: Exfoliation
  2. 2. Daily exfoliation, either once or twice per day using a common loofah in the shower hasshown to help improve keratosis pilaris symptoms. Some people even recommend usinga wet loofah sponge in the shower and a dry one, after drying your skin off. Exfoliation isnot only beneficial to keep your skin healthy in general, but it can really lessen theamount of KP outbreaks that you experience, and reduce the overall severity of yoursymptoms. A Healthy DietNot only is this always recommended for your overall general health, it has been show inmany studies to improve keratosis pilaris. In a recent study, people with KP were split
  3. 3. into two groups, one was told to continue living as they normally would, the other wasgiven a well rounded, healthy diet to stick to. The people that followed the diet strictlywere shown to have a 33% improvement over the people that lived and ate as theynormally would.Avoid overly salty or sugary foods, and eat more fruit and vegetables. Also, you shouldavoid processed food, and stay with more natural unprocessed meats and fresh produce.A general and well rounded diet should be high in protein and always include some freshvegetables and whole wheat grains. MoisturizingMost people who have KP notice that the affected areas of their skin tend to be more dryand rough, as opposed to the rest of their skin which can be normal or even quite smooth.Moisturizing every day with a gentle, all natural moisturizer can help. Try to choose amoisturizing cream or lotion thats not oily and wont leave any oily build up on yourskin. Oily skin can lead to increased bumpiness or redness on the skin.Some of the more specific treatments that may work for some people to lessen (or insome cases completely get rid of) keratosis pilaris are as follows: Avoiding Gluten
  4. 4. Avoiding foods that contain gluten such as pastas, breads and others has helped manypeople with KP to have normal skin again. This may be because they either are allergic orsomewhat allergic to gluten, and the gluten that they were eating everyday was actuallycausing their KP outbreaks. You should first see your doctor to get an allergy test whichshould show you anything that you are allergic to that you might not have been aware ofbefore.Then ask if the test covers allergies to gluten or dairy, if not be sure to be tested for theseas well. If you are allergic to gluten (even slightly), removing it from your diet may helpclear up your skin and get rid of those red bumps. Give it at least two to three weeks tosee if cutting gluten out of your diet has helped at all. Dairy AllergiesAllergies to dairy products have been known to cause KP symptoms and worsen KPoutbreaks in quite a few people. Again, you should have your doctor run a test to see ifyoure at all allergic to any dairy products. If you are, try not to eat or drink anything thatcontains any dairy products for at least a few weeks and see if your KP bumps start to goaway and if your skin clears up. Other Alternative Treatments
  5. 5. There are many alternative treatments out there for keratosis pilaris today. In fact, thereare so many that it would be in the scope of this booklet to list them all here. A few ofthem are all natural treatments like oil pulling, applying coconut oil to your skin andmany KP specific diets.While some of these seem to have some merit and do deserve further medical study,many of them, for example oil pulling, just seem to be a bit to "out there". Nevertheless,youll still find people online swearing that theyve worked for them personally. Try touse your best judgment when reading such claims, and always ask your doctor beforetrying any new alternative treatment.Other treatments, like supplementing your diet with various vitamins are also popular.Vitamin D, for example, is one thats gaining a lot of followers who say that its helped toreduce their keratosis pilaris overall, and gotten rid of their KP bumps. Again, seriousmedical research needs to be done before we can actually conclude if these are reliable,proven treatments or not. While there is no direct evidence that a deficiency in vitamin Dcauses KP or its symptoms, theres no way to say for sure.All in all, there are as many treatment options out there as there are people writing onlinetoday, the most important thing to do if you have KP is to follow the proven steps toimproving your skin everyday. Beyond that, if you and your doctor feel an additionaltreatment is safe and you want to try it, go ahead and do so. Just be sure that safety andyour overall health are always the first things in your mind.For Further Reading:
  6. 6. Extensive information about both keratosis pilaris as well as its various treatmentmethods. Also, general information, health tips and common questions and answers Harvard published guide to healthy eating, covers lots of useful information on eating aproper diet, not only for KP, but also for your overall skin health. information on KP, some suggestions of products to treat the condition and somediscussion from people on what methods they prefer.