Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Borage Oil
- Castile or Goat Milk Soap
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes
- DMSO and Aspirin
- Fish Oil Supplements
- Multiple Remedies
- Raw Food Diet
- Remedies Needed
- Sonic Face Cleaning Brush
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Witch Hazel
Last Modified on Mar 23, 2014
What Is Keratosis Pilaris?
A fairly common condition, keratosis pilaris is a condition that affects the skin. Causing rough, patches and small, acne-like bumps, keratosis pilaris typically develops on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Unlike typical acne, however, keratosis pilaris bumps are typically white and rarely red. The condition usually does not itch or hurt but can be difficult to treat.
Keratosis pilaris can occur at any age, yet it is most common in young children and typically disappears after age 30. Common signs and symptoms of the condition include small white or red bumps, dry or rough skin, worse appearance in the winter and localization of issues on the upper arms, legs, buttocks and cheeks. The appearance of keratosis pilaris may resemble that of goose or chicken flesh; however, inflammation, redness and scaring may occur in some cases.
The cause of keratosis stems from a buildup of keratin, a protein that forms to protect the skin from infection and foreign substances. However, when too much keratin develops, a scaly plug forms that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. As several plugs form, rough, bumpy skin is often the result. The exact reason for the buildup of keratin is unknown, but it may be linked to genetic disease, additional skin condition and dry skin.
Natural Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
While most cases of keratosis pilaris resolve naturally, treatment can shorten the duration of the condition. Keratosis pilaris treatment often requires the application of topical treatments including apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, goat’s milk, coconut milk and borage oil. Another keratosis pilaris cure requires making dietary changes such as avoiding dairy and drinking raw green juices and taking fish oil supplements. Additional treatment options include MSM, DMSO and aspirin applied to the site of the condition. Continue reading below for more many detailed tips from Earth Clinic readers.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||6 YEAS|
06/12/2013: Tms from Stone Wall, Never Land : "Yesterday I read about putting ACV on your arms for Keratosis Pilaris. So last night I mixed up some ACV and water, exfoliated my arms well and then put it on. It burned my arms, and just made them more red. I have a moderate/severe case of it, and I really want it to go away. Is the burning/initial redness normal? I know I've only done it once, but I'm wondering if it will eventually help. I'm also drinking an ACV/baking soda/water mix. I want to wear a dress in 2 days and I need my arms to look better. HELP! PLEASE!"
01/26/2012: Len D from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Just had to write: I was doing some research on what was causing crusty white patches on my hands. I find out it was solar keratosis (too much time spent in the sun).Anyways, I found this apple cider vinegar (ACV) site and discussions regarding "healthy skin" and decided to give it a try. Got some apple cider vinegar and started to drink it with 1 tsp in 1 cup of water and started sipping during the day. I noticed three days later, the keratosis spots had diminished by 80%. They are now just light brown spots that resemble skin (and not crusts). I'm a believer.
The only caution I have is after every sip I rinse with clear water. The apple cider vinegar (being acidic) and teeth don't play nice together."
[YEA] 01/26/2009: Susan from Stroudsburg, Pa: "I too had a lifetime of "chicken skin" as its called on the back of my arms. I read here about the ACV and coconut oil. I was worried about your ingredients mix, as I thought I would smell like ACV if I applied it. So I take an empty and cleaned hand soap container, fill it with [...] Raw ACV and keep it in the shower. I wash my arms with the ACV. When I exit the shower I put organic extra virgin coconut oil (unrefined, unbleached) on my arms straight out of the container as a lotion. I now am constantly rubbing my SMOOTH ARMS, just feel to them, as I never had them without bumps before. It's a great feeling, and I will not be embarrassed to wear short sleeves anymore."Replies
06/24/2009: Celina from Aliso Viejo, California USA replies: "When using ACV in the shower, how long do you leave it on? Also, do you wash with soap or do you just rinse with water?"
05/21/2011: Dazy from Harwich, Ma replies: "I can't wait to try this. I'm also a believer in mind/body connection. Louise Hay suggests that skin problems are connected to anxiety, fear, old buried guck, being threatened. It is curious that my KP didn't flare up until I entered a new situation in life which provoked fear/anxiety. Looking forward to trying the remedy in conjunction with positive affirmation (and addressing the situation). Will report back on my progress."
04/25/2012: H-town Kr from Houston, Texas replies: "A better remedy to get rid of the bumps and to not deal with the smell of ACV is to exfoliate everyday. Get a natural loofah and buy an exfoliating gel or liquid soap (one that has oatmeal or walnut bits in it) and exfoliate in the shower daily. You will need to scrub well and it will be a bit rough on your skin. Apply non scented lotion afterward to soothe your skin. If you do this daily, your KR will improve. It will take at least a month to notice the difference but it really works. I've had KR for over 20 years."
05/17/2012: Loubuggly from Zanesville, Ohio replies: "I have been told by my derm that I have severe KP on my face, neck, legs and stomach. Even water irritates it if the water isn't dried fast. I find that vinegar helps a little, but irritates my KP. If your skin isn't extremely sensitive, I would suggest trying this remedy."
08/16/2012: Mommy Of E from Three Rivers, Mi replies: "My daughter is 14 months old and started developing these bumps that her pediatrician diagnosed as Keratosis Pilaris when she was around 7.5 months old. Now it covers her legs, is on her arms, and lightly on her cheeks. I switched her to a paraben free bath soap and at first I was trying an ezcema lotion, which had some success in keeping it at bay. Then my sister read that it was possibly an omega 3 deficiency so I stopped the ezcema lotion and we tried an omega 3 infant vitamin. No success there. It actually just continued to get worse. We then tried a calamine cortizone cream because my sister said it helped her skin. Still no luck, but that one was just a test, as I didn't figure it would help since it dries the skin instead of moisturizing.
We are now on day 5 of coconut oil. I wasn't sure about application, and I don't give her daily baths, so I either apply it when she gets out of the bath or before bed. So far it doesn't seem to be working, but I'll keep at it for a few weeks to see. If it doesn't help then I was going to try the AV. My only concern is how to apply that to her when she is in the bath. Should I put it on and rinse her off right before she is about to get out? Then put the coconut oil on? And does this have to be done daily? Because daily baths are honestly a pain and I figured they'd just dry her skin more. But if I have to start giving her daily baths to rid her of this then I will.
I also just wanted to say that, for her at least, there's not a possibility that she has this due to anxiety or stress as she is just a baby, nor is it caused by laundry detergant. No, we haven't switched detergants, but all summer long she has been in a onsie or sundress, shorts and T shirt, and her trunk does not have KP at all. It is her arms and legs and cheeks, which are not subject to clothing with detergant chemicals on it that have KP. And it has just continued to get worse over the summer, even though some say it goes away/gets better in the summer.
I hope you all find what works best and that I can figure out what works for my little girl!"
10/05/2012: Jenny from Gotenburg, Sweden replies: "I had the very same problem with my two toddlers. It went away when I started to give them cod liver oil.
Your daughter could have a vitamin A or K2 deficiency which becomes worsen when the vitamin D levels gets to high during summer. This since they're often used together. You could try giving her more egg yolks, fish and butter or feed her cod liver oil or other suplement. You can read more about the issue if you google Chris Cresser.
[YEA] 07/05/2007: Elaine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "I have Keratosis Pilaris and I have read on how ACV can help this condition I have. I have tried oil pulling with sunflower oil for the last 3 months but I dont see much improvement with my keratosis condition. However, having tried applying ACV on my skin for only the last 3 days I can see improvements already! However, I need to know what is the RIGHT way of consuming ACV for health benefits, be it for skin conditions or even for weight loss. There seems to be too many methods of consuming ACV here, so Im kinda confused :( Thanks!"Replies
[YEA] 12/16/2008: TK from NYC, NY replies: "I was so glad I found this.. I have really bad KP.. I have taken what I have read here and taken it a step further by creating my own creme and WOWOWOWOWOW. my skin is sooo smoooooth. I cannot believe it.. I could cry! To know that this is so simple and has been here all this time.. ok here goes:
4 oz of organic cold press coconot oil
1 table spoon of soy lecithin (emulsifier)
4 oz of organic apple cider vinegar
I warm a sterilized pan and melt coconut oil, add soy lecithin and then vinegar then I whip it up into a smooth creme then cool and bottle it up.. I have been using now for 4 days.. I am so impressed!"
03/26/2009: Jenna from Kansas City, KS replies: "The question I have is in response to the recipe to treat kerotosis pilaris by using coconut oil, soy lecithin, and ACV. I made the recipe but was not sure how often to apply it and if it should be stored at room temp or in the fridge. Also, it has a strong odor so should this just be applied in the evening? Please respond. Thank you."
[YEA] 07/07/2010: Lasvegaslady from Las Vegasw, Nv, Usa replies: "I've been reading for hours on different remedies for different ailments I have. This one in particular caught my eye. I was diagnosed with keratosis pilaris over 10 years ago by a dermatologist who said there was nothing he or I could do about it. Stated it was "just something some women get" and that it was tied to hormones. He gave me a lotion-type prescription to use to make my skin not-so-bumpy, but it didn't work. I bought some products from a website that touted they could get rid of "chicken bumps". Initially I did feel and see a slight difference, but it didn't last. I was so self conscious about the way my arms looked and felt. It was so bad that whenever anyone touched my arms, they would always think I was cold and would try to rub them more to warm me up. To get over that, I stopped wearing short sleeved shirts, even when it was 100 degrees outside! Anyway, I tried this recipe and I PROMISE you it WORKS!!! The very next day after I made and applied the mixture, my arms felt smooth and touchable. Everyday when I get out of the shower, I spray on the mixture (I keep it in a small spray bottle) and rub it into my skin. I've been following this regimine for about a month now and I don't even notice the ACV smell. While my upper arms still look "bumpy", they feel totally smooth to the touch. I'm so glad I read this article and took a chance on trying the home remedy. Its summer time in Las Vegas, and I was burning up wearing my long-sleeved shirts... Now I have no problem going sleeveless again!!!"
08/28/2010: Tvm from Deltona, Fl replies: "Hello LasVegas Lady! I have tried the ACV and have not seen any improvement in my KP. I also use the virgin coconut oil too and still have these pesky bumps on the back of my arms. I have been daily commited to the regimen for approx 3 weeks now and it almost seems like it's getting worse! Please share how exactly your routine is so that I can enjoy bump free arms, too! Thanks so much! :o)"
08/20/2011: Renee from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi, Juan, I'm of fair complexion with dry, sensitive skin so have suffered with keratoses pilaris, eczema, cracked skin on hands during winter and various rashes at different times in my life. I've found that when my diet is clean (free from foods and beverages high in fat, additives and preservatives) my skin tends to be clear also. I supplement my diet with a probiotic in capsule form daily, which also seems to help prevent colds and gastro-intestinal maladies by boosting the immune system through balance of the intestinal flora and keeping yeast (fungus) in check. I also use ginger, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, garlic and onion regularly in my cooking. When I was in my twenties, I went for a series of 11 colonics over ten weeks. I was amazed that the keratosis pilaris on my buttocks had completely disappeared and my skin, as smooth as silk. It was clear that the detoxification of my system through the colonic regimen had created the desired effect. Hope this helps!"
06/27/2012: Maz from Milford, Michigan replies: "What type of soy lecithin do I need? I have found it in granules. Will this work?"
[YEA] 04/19/2007: Julie from Sacramento, CA, USA: "I have had keratosis pilaris for many years. I tried apple cider vinegar as suggested and I am amazed at the results. Its only been 4 days and the Keratosis is 80% gone. I also noticed that Im not having spastic colon episodes and for the first time in years I am not needed a sleeping pill to get to sleep. I do have a question if you can kindly answer..Is putting vinegar on food (i.e. popcorn) as helpful as drinking it??"Replies
[YEA] 07/06/2011: Vocrc from Sacramento, California replies: "I have used the recipe mentioned:
4 oz of organic coconot oil
1 table spoon of soy lecithin (emulsifier)
4 oz of organic apple cider vinegar
It has worked very well for me. I found the Coconut oil and ACV at Trader Joe's. I bought the soy lecithin at a vitamin store near my house. All the products cost me about $15. I melted the coconut oil in the microwave. 4oz is about 1/2 a cup. I mixed the products and left it in a plastic container under my bathroom sink. After I shower I use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to my skin. If it is relatively warm in your home the mixture will not solidify- otherwise you may have to throw it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it a liquid again. It will smell (due to ACV) until it dries and then the smell goes away. I use this every morning and the Keratosis behind my legs has vastly improved! You do not need to moisturize afterwards because the coconut oil hydrates your skin. Good luck..."
12/16/2011: Brie from Columbia, Tn replies: "How much should I shower???
03/16/2012: Happylittle Helen from Norfolk, Uk replies: "I am using the remedy on one arm and not the other as an experiment and am noticing a difference after only 24 hours so am very hopeful this will be my saving grace! Thank you for the recipe. One point to make however is DO NOT microwave coconut oil! It is full of electrolytes and will cause severe arcing in the microwave."
05/17/2012: Mary from Quebec, Canada replies: "Im considering trying this recipe. I've had KP on my arms and legs for as long as I can remember. I was just wondering if it comes back after you stop applying? Or does it have to be applied continuously?"
[YEA] 09/23/2012: Daisy from Auckland, New Zealand: "borage oil has been helpful... Think it helps to cut out dairy as well - which I shall be doing. borage oil is GLA (omega 6) if you can't get borage oil, evening primrose oil is also GLA (omega 6)."
Castile or Goat Milk Soap
[YEA] 04/22/2010: Lisa from Columbus, Oh: "For Keratosis Pilaris I have discovered that washing with castile soaps with a loofa works wonderfully. I've been using this soap for a few months now and the bumps on my arms almost gone. I have also used soaps made with goat's milk and they work very well also, but for me the castile soaps seem to work a little better. Rinsing in a little bit of cooler temperature water also seems to help."Replies
[NAY] 07/29/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I just bought some goats milk soap and my bumps are back!!!"
09/29/2013: Nicole from Melbourne Australia: "Hi everyone, I've been doing a lot f research on the internet and found a few people saying they either switched their milk to coconut milk or used coconut milk soap and their Keratosis Pilaris (kp) has reduced by about 90% or completely gone. I’ve had kp for a long time and I’ve always had trouble drinking milk. I find it too heavy for my stomach but I am going to try coconut milk and I will let you know how I go. I apply coconut oil on my skin after I shower and that seems to help me a lot but there still is a lot of kp left and I want to find a way to get rid of it completely. I hope some of you will help me try this remedy and see if it works, wish me luck :)"Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/26/2013: Nicole from Melbourne Australia replies: "Hi everyone I stopped using the coconut milk because it was hurting my stomach and as I said before I have a intolerance to some kinds of milk and unfortunately coconut milk was one of them, however I did start to eat coconut cream.
I buy raw coconut cream from my super market and I eat 1/3 of the can everyday because the can is only good for 3 days. It’s been a week and so far and I can see a lot of improvement in my skin and my kp has reduced, maybe I need to eat more of it a day to completely get rid of the kp. I will keep trying and I’ll let you know how I go J wish me luck."
11/17/2013: Grace from Pdx: "I researched and read that it a result of too much protein or dairy I'm going to stop both and see what happens, also vitamin A levels should be checked .I'm doing tea tree oil and coconut oil mixed and seeing some results. I wonder if it is liver overload. My Chinese medicine doctor says, " What is going on the inside of the body is being seen on the outside of the body ." Please sure that your using Organic virgin coconut oil made from FRESH coconuts dried coconuts have mycotoxins"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/17/2013: Nicole from Melbourne, Australia: "Hi everyone, I have suffered from KP since the age of 4 that's as far as I can remember, I had it all over my legs and for the past year I got it on my arms. I have now been applying organic extra virgin coconut oil cold pressed on my arms and legs everyday for the past 3 months and I have noticed a big difference. The red dots have gone especially on my arms I would say about 90% gone but I still have the bumps both on my arms and legs, there is an improvement but maybe I need to keep using it or maybe even ingesting it might help me more but I thought I would put it out there and I will write back in a couple of months and let you know if it's gone completely or not. I also use goat's milk soap and apply the coconut oil after my shower before bed.
Thank you earth clinic for all your help and good luck to everyone."
[WARNING!] 11/30/2007: Kay from Toronto, Canada: "Hi everyone. I've been ingesting and using 100% pure organic coconut oil since October 2007. I have excema and keratosis pilaris. I've found that my keratosis has gotten better, practicaly non existent, but my excema has worsened. I find that it is drying on my skin and I would need to keep moisturizing constantly throughout the day which is no good. Not sure if that is just because of the cleansing properties of the coconut oil and the toxins are just making their way out of my system or not .. but my excema has definitely not improved. in fact, i've developed a whole new kind of rash. kind of a blistery raised looking rash. I had to switch back to using Aveeno on my skin and just ingesting the coconut oil. Has this happened to anyone else?? Should I be drinking more water? I only take a teaspoon of the oil a day and drink aloe vera juice as well, twice a day. should I just continue to' take the oil and put it on my skin?"Replies
01/26/2009: Susan from Stroudsburg, Pa replies: "FYI... All skin conditions stem from the GUT. You could be allergic to something you are eating. Finding out "WHAT" and eliminating it is helpful. Then "HEALING" the stomach lining is important. BEETS and OKRA are healing to the lining."
07/03/2009: J.C. from Champaign, IL. replies: "Kay from Toronto: Your new rash sounds like yeast. Coconut oil has antifungal properties, as does the raw apple cider vinegar! You are most likely killing off yeast and experiencing "die-off". As frustrating as it is, continue on with the ACV and CO! Try rubbing the ACV on the new rash (dilute it or it might burn...I've used 1-2 tbsp ACV per 1 cup of water). It will help kill the yeast, as will the coconut oil. I've also heard taking biotin and Grapefruit seed extract helps minimize the die off reactions.
On a side note, I am so encouraged by all of your stories! I have battled KP my whole life. I feel so unattractive when my husband rubs my arms or back. He doesn't care but it is always something that makes me want to shy away. I am going to try it in the shower and in a mix. I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks!"
09/21/2009: Veronica from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I have used coconut oil on my skin for years. I have eczema and C.O. helps moisturize and prevents infection because of it's antibacterial/antifungal properties.
My best cure for eczema is to avoid allergy foods and take Evening Primrose Oil, 3000-6000mg a day. Plus, I expose the rash to 15-30 minutes of direct sunlight each day. The sunlight must be in the morning between 7:30-10:30 am. The healing rays are strongest at that time and the harmful UV rays are minimal. (tanning booths work too.) This may sound like an odd treatment, but the sunlight prescription was the best advise a natural doctor ever gave to me. The sunlight will heal my eczema in two days with the E.P.O.!
The sunlight will also help with yeast/fungus/tinitus rashes too, because yeast is a fungus that grows in the dark and hates sunlight. If the rash diminishes but still persists you are probably dealing with yeast. Start using Lotramin AF daily. If it starts to go away, you ARE dealing with yeast/fungus for sure. You must use the Lotramin AF consistantly without a break until the stubborn fungus is gone - it might take two weeks. (Be careful not to cross contaminate your other oils/creams after you touch a yeast infection. Wash your hands thouroughly.)
06/01/2011: Brian from Barrie, Ont Canada replies: "Dr Hulda Clarke in her books, notes that most skin afflications are parasite based. Im wondering if Black walnut tincture would help, it can be bought or made, if you would like Dr Clarkes amazing book I will email freely to anyone. Another good rememdy for skin afflictions is Ozonated Olive Oil. Best of Health and Luck to all who reside here!!!!!!!
02/23/2012: Jennifer from Detroit, Mi replies: "I am going to try Apple Cider Vinegar and coconut oil on my daughters who both have bad cases of KP. We have been using a foot sander to gently exfoliate their arms and legs once a week. This very cheap method is the only thing I have found that actually gives them smooth skin. They cost about $2 at any drugstore. It does not take away the red spots. It does help them feel better about the texture of their skin. I highly recommend for those with a heavy case. I have used KP Duty and other creams from our dermatologist but gentle sanding is the only thing that has actually helped us."
[YEA] 05/16/2012: Rachel from New York, Ny replies: "I don't know if it is the antibacterial or the moisturizing qualities of coconut oil but applying a small amount of it daily to my KP has made it completely disappear! In less than a week, even. I have also had the same success with Jojoba oil, which is why I think it may have to do with moisturizing. However, no lotion has ever given me one drop of relief."
[YEA] 04/22/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "I have seen keratosis pilaris completely eradicated in both my husband and daughter-in-law. It has been done through dietary changes. In the case of my husband, we have eliminated all dairy, eat mostly raw and take green juices every morning. But in the case of my daughter-in-law, I recommended she stop eating dairy. That was a big request for her since she was born and raised in Paris and absolutely loved cheese and yogurt. The main reason I suggested that was because she had a lot of stomach issues.
Well, it's been about 6 mo. since she's really done that and the other day she came to me to say she's noticed many changes in herself since she did that. Her stomach no longer bothers her which is a biggie and a tremendous relief to her. Interestingly, she was told that yogurt would help her stomach, so she would eat it when it hurt. The pain would stop temporarily but then it would return within about an hour.
The second thing she noticed was all the bumps on her upper arms disappeared. The reason she was coming to me was because they have recently returned but this time with white heads on them. She wanted to see if I had an explanation and what else she could do to facilitate her changes. I explained that often, detoxing will come in stages as the body cleanses deeper and deeper, detoxifying old stuff that our body has accumulated. She is only 20 so thankfully, there aren't too many years of accumulation! I also suggested to go gluten-free and drink green juices every morning. Well, she has embraced both of these and is seeing herself rejuvenated! I have to say her facial skin glows! She is a model so that is, most definitely, a benefit to her. She also said she feels lighter and is thinking clearer. She said she has no intention of returning to eating dairy after seeing these big changes especially the absence of constant stomach pain.
I hope this information can help someone else out there. There are answers...
Peace to all of you, Lisa"
[YEA] 04/30/2010: Pip from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I dropped dairy and grains and tried soap without parabens, which helped somewhat, especially avoiding hard cheese. However, after dropping Soy Lecithin from my diet my Keratosis Pilaris has cleared up very well."
01/16/2012: Jason from Chico, California replies: "I saw mentioned several foods that could cause KP but which are the most common culprits?
I'm 24 now and have been vegan for 3 years. When I stopped eating dairy I saw many improvements in my health but the condition of my KP was not one of them. In fact my KP just continued getting worse at the same rate it had been since it showed up at 14 on the back of my arms until now where it covers my entire body excluding hands and face. What would be the next most likely culprit?
I've already eradicated obvious things like caffiene/booze. I suppose I could cut out everything you guys mentioned but I have a hard enough time keeping a well rounded diet due to the fact that I'm poor as hell. I do alright and much better than I have in the past but I'm just not in a place where I can cut gluten/soy/whatever all simultaneously. Which should I try first?
I'll probably have my whole life to try different solutions but if there is one to be found I'd like to find it with the least amount of trial and error possible."
02/04/2012: Dale from Fairfield, Ct replies: "I would like to follow up on the comment that I posted as Dm in 2010. After several years of research, I have come into the agreement that keratosis pilaris is primarily the manifestation of chronic autoimmune inflammation or allergic reactions in response to various substances of certain foods. The particular set of causes can differ from person to person. I suggest doing an elimination diet that involves one or more of the following: dairy, soy, grains, wheat, protein. I recommend first reducing your total protein intake, avoiding animal proteins, and restricting the consumption of gluten grains for a good while. At the same time, eat softer foods that are easier to ingest. Do try to detoxify and cleanse a little more as well. If possible, you should definitely seek out doctors that can perform thorough testing for a multitude of sensitivities and intolerances. Finally, see what amount of local food you can obtain or grow yourself. I wish you success."
05/19/2013: Margaret from Lansdale, Pa replies: "To those who think kp is due to diet: it is! My research has turned up that almost every skin condition is due to low essential fatty acids. Some people have trouble processing EFAs; for others, it is a dietary problem. I am treating my kp with high ALAs from plant sources in combination with an alpha hydrox scrub in the shower and topical treatment of apple cider vinegar afterward, and my kp is almost entirely gone."
DMSO and Aspirin
[YEA] 01/27/2012: Ana from Tamuning, Guam: "My Keratosis Pilaris (alba) is barely perceivable after only two applications of 70% DMSO mixed with aspirin (a beta-hydroxy acid. ) Fast results! I am so happy!"Replies
01/27/2012: Anthony from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Where is your KP located? I have keratin plugs in my hair/scalp and face. Not sure if DMSO and aspirin are safe there.... Thanks!"
Fish Oil Supplements
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/28/2009: Sarah from Mableton, Ga: "keratosis pilaris
I have had "chicken skin" since I was pre-adolescent and thought it would be a lifelong ailment. I started reading about the benefits of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids and began incorporating omega-3 fish oil supplements into my diet for general health reasons. To my astonishment, my KP cleared up within 3 weeks! The redness and bumpiness were simply gone. I later quit taking the supplements (sheer forgetfulness) and noticed that my arms felt bumpy again, but it's still not red and inflamed and itchy like it used to be. It's a good reason/reminder to get me back taking the supplements, anyway. The softgels I used were 1000 mg cold water fish oil and I took one per day."Replies
04/21/2010: Dm from Princeton, Nj Usa replies: "I understand that there are many effective treatments and the natural lifestyle changes are the more effective ones. However, these are all treatments. I would like to officially propose what I currently believe to be the cause of/cure for keratosis pilaris. It seems to make clear sense that laundry detergents and such are the main culprits. If you think about it, just about everyone who wears clothing is constantly exposed to those harsh chemicals that are overused everyday. Why do you think kp is abated in the summer only to return returns in the winter, can appear only almost anywhere on the body, and occurs in places like Ireland and England? I have yet to read a single discussion regarding this chemical calamity of Western society that is hidden in plain sight. Would someone follow up on this?"
02/02/2011: Ds from Usa replies: "I agree the chemical stuff is not helping, but I think KP is one of the symptoms of overgrowth of yeast (and/or improper fat digestion, since B5 helps) and consequent mites (they like the yeast).
The reason it improves in the summer is because the mites (demodex) don't like light of any kind, especially the healing sun. Also, the sun improves our immune system. And I think a lot of our issues reflect a lack of Vitamin D. We weren't meant to be indoors all day long.
On a metaphysical level, it's almost like we have a subconscious "death wish. " We're living these lives filled with products (so many poisons) and activities that go against LIFE, a natural life. I can't help but see these mites like maggots, eating away at us, like our stress and misery are eating away at us. I believe when we aren't truly happy (consciously and subconsciously), and most of us aren't, we speak to the Universe with a desire to leave this world. And so one way many of us manifest that "wish, " is to get sick--and slowly die, maggot-like bugs eating at us all the while... We look old way before that should be.
So many things we need to change."
01/13/2012: Am from Jackson Hole, Wy replies: "In Response to Dm from Princeton's comment about laundry detergent. Over the past ten years, I've heard during visits to 3 dermatologists that laundry detergents might be a culprit in the cause of KP. For 7 or so years, I've used only the "free and clear" versions of laundry detergents & fabric softener/dryer sheets without added dyes of frangrances and have seen no relief if my KP. If KP is caused by laundry detergent, then perhaps it's a more essential ingredient of detergent that causes it that still remains in the "skin friendly" laundry detergents."
[YEA] 03/07/2012: Saz from Nuneaton, United Kingdom replies: "I got the same results from using fish oil supplements. I have had KP since I was about 13 and have tried changing washing detergents, a multitude of shower gels and moisturisers. Nothing worked. Then I started taking fish oil for nothing other than its health benefits and found as an added bonus it cleared up my KP!"
04/18/2013: Priscilla from Mexico, Mo replies: "I'm pretty sure KP is hereditary. My mom has it I do and my sister does as well."
11/13/2013: Nicole from Melbourne Australia: "Hi everyone, I have heard about msm sulphur being a treatment for rosacea so does anyone know if it can do that same for keratosis pilaris (kp)? If Ted or anyone could give me an answer that would be great because I have heard some people found there kp got better but some people have gotten worse and I have rosacea and would like to take this supplement to treat my rosacea but I'm worried it will make my kp worse. Thanks for all your help."