Keratosis pilaris (aka KP) is a harmless, common genetic follicular condition that causes small, acne-like bumps. It is referred to as "chicken skin" since it is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin's surface. The condition most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but it can also occur on the thighs, tops of legs, buttocks, palms or soles of the feet.
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[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!!!"
[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."
[NAY] 12/27/2010: Juan from Anon, Usa: "Hello Ted,
I have had Keratosis Pilaris on my arms for the longest time and I've tried everything everyone recommends but none of it works (ACV, VCO). Do you have any ideas on what can possibly help to remove the bumps all over my arms?
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
12/29/2010: Margaret from Toronto, Canada replies: "Hi Juan,
I've heard people say that when they clean up their diets, Keratosis Pilaris disappears. What do I mean by cleaning up your diet? Eating zero processed foods. No sodas. No fast food. No margarine/ corn oil/soybean oil. No pop-into-the-microwave meals. Make everything from scratch using the healthiest ingredients you can afford - organic fruit and vegetables, grass-fed meat, eggs from truly free range chickens, olive oil, good quality butter etc. These are dietary changes that are good for everyone, not some fad diet, so you really can't lose. If it doesn't fix your Keratosis Pilaris, it'll probably benefit in you in other ways. You can't lose. Good luck!"
12/29/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Juan:
If I had a difficult to solve skin problems I always used a 50% DMSO with tannic acid. If a 50% dmso is prepared in a 100 cc then I would add 1/4 teaspoon of tannic acid, then apply on the skin between 5 to 10 times a day, unrinsed. It tends to deactivate a lot of proteins that caused the problem by denaturing them.
02/11/2011: Meagan from Marshall, Tx replies: "Ironically, I found the BEST remedy for this. UV light. I used to lifeguard in college, and my KP was never a problem, as long as I was sunning every day. That was about 10 years ago and I have not lifeguarded or really been in the sun much-even recreationally. I recently began going to the tanning bed (5-7 min. At a time, 3 times a week). Not to fix my KP, but to get a tan... and my KP has almost completely cleared up! It was markedly better after 2 weeks of UV exposure.
I haven't been able to shave my legs for over a year b/c the KP is so bad on my legs... Needless to say-hubby wants me to keep up the tanning sessions-if only to keep the bumps away!
This is not a treatment I have read about or anything-just something I've discovered after living a life with KP... Sun exposure or tanning bed exposure works wonders!"
06/13/2011: Erin from Nashville, Tn replies: "One of the biggest culprits in keratosis pilaris is actually retinol (vit. A) deficiency. Many people have defective bata carotene conversion (this is genetic) and don't convert beta carotene to retinol as a result.
Good food sources are egg yolks and liver or you can take cod liver oil or a natural vit. A supplement. Topical creams containing retinol or vitamin A are also effective."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 07/13/2010: Pauline from Cheshire, Uk: "We used sea buckthorn for a family member whose Keratosis Pilaris (KP) had spread over the entire back and upper arms. Within two weeks of applying seabuckthorn wash and cream, it flared up dramatically, covering front, shoulders and thighs. This is the third week and it's now clearing up. I recently realised through reading Earth clinic that I may have both rosacea and KP which worsen during stress. I'm using sea buckthorn and the orange/lemon recipe (Kathy of Dubois) as Ted recommended orange peel oil for rosacea. Also taking l-lysine 500mg and vit C 2500mg with 1/8th tsp of bicarbonate of soda twice a day though I'm not sure if this is enough. It's a work in progress. I still have signs of rosacea (visible veins, redness, large pores, blotches) but overall, the skin now has a 'purity' or dewiness to it. My husband keeps asking what I've done to my skin as I look younger.
For the KP on legs, I also use one drop of 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in a squidge of aloe vera. Although the KP was still visible, the skin instantly felt smoother on the very first application. For the last week, I've been on the sea salt cleanse and this has really helped improve the texture of the skin and the red veins in my eyes. Think the mites have set up home there! Exercise definitely helps. I've had to stop jogging for a while but it did clear the skin. We eat about 60% raw, aiming for 75%. It's taken a lifetime to become ill so I suppose it will take a while to gain optimum health."Replies
07/13/2010: Jean from Cerritos, Ca replies: "Pauline, could you please tell me what the orange/lemon mixture was that you mentioned and the amounts of each. Thank you, Jean"
07/14/2010: Pauline from Cheshire, Uk replies: "Hi Jean
The recipe is from Kathy's post on Curing Broken Capillaries (thanks, Kathy of Dubois! ) She gives a detailed description on how to make it so you might want to read her post. It's an acquired taste but it helps if you think of the good it's doing! I had to chop the peel into tiny pieces up with kitchen scissors just before eating and mixing into my breakfast fruit and yoghurt. I started off just eating a tsp but now I'm eating a heaped tbsp.
The recipe is:
3-4 organic oranges or a mix of oranges and lemons (this includes the peel too)
1 tablespoon of sea salt or pink salt
1/4 cup whey (from organic yoghurt with active cultures)
1/2 cup of filtered water (I used Evian)
1/4 cup organic honey
I put the sliced fruit into a clear jar (the type used for home-made jam, poured the liquids over and let it ferment for 3 days before transferring to the fridge. The first lot was okay but the second grew some mould on the peel that was above the liquid. It was very hot at that time so 2 days would have been better."
07/16/2010: K from Denver, Colorado replies: "I think that while detergents may be a minor cause of KP, the winter/summer issue has to do with the exposure to sun. Dermatologists have long known that sun exposure helps minimize the appearance of KP. I think that KP is a result of dietary problems and also our skin care routines. We use harsh soaps which dry out the skin and increase the alkalinity making it more susceptible to bacteria. Then we use all these oil free moisturizers, and so our bodies tell us we need to produce more oil and as a result our bodies produce these little oil plugs in the hair follicles. I have recently started using a combination of 1 part extra virgin olive oil to 1/4 part cold pressed castor oil and massaging it on my upper arms for five to ten minutes before I get in the shower. The olive oil is a carrier oil and moisturizer while the castor oil helps to break up the oil plugging the hair follicles. I then wipe off as much oil as possible with a warm wet washcloth while in the shower. I have stopped using all soaps and instead just use the oil combination. After my shower I apply just a couple of drops of jojoba oil as a moisturizer. My skin all over feels softer and smoother and the feel and appearance of my KP has significantly decreased."
Raw Food Diet
[YEA] 11/19/2008: Stacy from Oklahoma City, OK, USA: "Keratosis Pilaris, acne, rosacea, etc
I used to have many health ailments, many of which I have read about here. The only thing that works to cure them and keep them away is a raw diet. When eating a raw diet, you avoid most of the foods that cause the problems in the first place. Consuming too much cooked proteins, especially wheat and dairy, causes disease. Cooking the proteins makes them difficult for the body to break down the protein. The excess proteins clog up the lymph and other organs of elimination causing an over growth of bacteria (colds, cysts, etc.)which in turn causes disease. The disease usually shows up in the weakest organs that have usually been abused the most from a wrong diet. There is a wealth of info at waisays.com and barefoots forum at curezone.com. Herbs are a great way to aid in healing. When you just start cleansing and eating a raw diet, they can help you heal faster. Just wanted to mention this. Thanks and have a great day!"Replies
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 11/01/2011: Jay from Toronto, Canada replies: "I noticed that my kp went away totally when I was raw! Unfortunately, raw did not agree with me and left me with a slew of other health issues. But 2 great benefits I had were my kp totally disappearing for the first time in my life and my eyesight getting better - my eyeglasses prescription improved!"
11/20/2012: Rania from St Columb Major, Cornwall, England: "Hi, I am writing this in the hope that someone can help me but I am not holding my breath. I have has keratosis for years but just lately it has started to spread much quicker and my back is covered totally and my breasts are getting covered. It is now spreading to my face around the hair line and I hate it. My neck is covered in warts and they also grow under my arms and in my groin. I am fast losing the will to live as it depresses me so much. My doctor says he could burn the keratosis off 5 at a time but as there are at least 100 it is hopeless. I feel so ugly. Please help. Rania."Replies
11/20/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Rania, Please look at this link
Also google top quality essential oils and find products and use them. You will most definitely find results.
Good luck, T"
02/22/2013: Nicole from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Rania, I'm so sorry to hear you are suffering, I have the same issue on my legs and arms and I have the bumps and the redness and white umps on my arms. I've been rubbing organic extra virgin coconut oil cold pressed on my body for a couple of months now and I see a huge difference, I'm also going to try and eat a tsp a day and see if that makes any difference. Good luck to you and I hope you get better."
05/16/2012: Mrs. Larsen from Madison, WI: "I have just noticed Keratosis Pilaris on my daughters arms and legs as well as a return of her cradle cap. I try and keep her diet low sugar, low gluten and all orgainic with lots of healthy foods. (she is 18months) she had cradle cap as an infant that went away with some oil and a comb, but its back and worse than ever now. I try my best to be aware of fatty acids and give them to her whenever possible. She does drink almond or flax milk (could it be the soy lecithin in both of them?). She did have a bad diaper rash that lasted a month (we tried the dr recomendations and everything) so it makes me wonder if she has a build up of yeast in her body and if so how to I treat it with nutrition?
We also just moved to an old farm house that is really dusty, could it just be mites or are the mites just loving her yeast?"Replies
05/17/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Mrs. Larsen, do make some efforts at air purification in the old house, or health prob's could rapidly deteriorate. Entire families lives have been devastated by dangerous living conditions such as mold, mites, formaldehyde, etc. Do a total house cleaning including carpets. I have read to use a scent-free chlorine bleach (search for direction and be careful to dilute properly) following the traditional shampoo. An Ozone generator shock cleaning is another good option. As for permanent air purification, I recommend negative ion generators, in addition to conventional filtration, that produce at least several trillion negative ions per sec. For maximum affect, I am currently using 4 - 20 trillion units good for 400 sq ft each.
As for fatty acids against possible Candida, maybe a few drops of caprylic acid in the milk would help."
05/19/2012: Kareng from Sugarland, Texas, Usa replies: "MRS. LARSEN, My daughter also suffers from KP, she got it from me and I got it from my mother. We keep it in check with ACV in the bath and lots of Krill Oil or you can use other Fish Oil. Flax Oil does not help at all. We avoid ALL Grains and Sugars as well. My daughter eats a lot of Chicken; when she gets just chicken (we raise our own) and no grass fed beef her KP gets worse. Red meat seem to help. We also use loofahs and Coconut Oil as a lotion.
For Cradle Cap I would use ACV and Borax to wash her hair. You can look up Homemade Natural Shampoos. The ACV will help with any fungal issues.
You mentioned you moved into an old farmhouse. You can get Lead testing kits to test your paint and water. To avoid Metal Toxicity put a pinch of Borax in each 16oz of water. And use Diatomaceous Earth instead of insecticides.
And yes, avoid ALL Soy, especially Soy Lecithin! Most Soy is GMO and processed Soy mimicks hormones, very dangerous for children. Organic Tofu, Edamame, fermented soy are ok."