Keratosis Pilaris Remedies

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Posted by Sarah (Mableton, Ga) on 10/28/2009

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.

Replied by Dm
(Princeton, Nj Usa)

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?

Replied by Ds

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.

Replied by Am
(Jackson Hole, Wy)

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.

Replied by Saz
(Nuneaton, United Kingdom)

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!

Replied by Priscilla
(Mexico, Mo)

I'm pretty sure KP is hereditary. My mom has it I do and my sister does as well.

Replied by Nicole
(Melbourne, AU)

Hi there, I am currently taking cod liver oil which I heard can help with Keratosis Pilaris but I haven't yet seen any difference. Should I try fish oil instead? I really want something to work.

Replied by Nicole
(Melbourne, AU)

So I have tried fish oil and cod liver oil (not fermented because I couldn't find any) and omega 3,1552 mg, I tried each kind for 3 weeks and saw no change, I even took 3 capsules a day of the omega 3 for 1 month and saw no difference and then cut back to 1 capsule a day.

For those who saw results, did you have kp on other areas of your body like your legs? I ask because I hear just having bumps on your arms can be an omega 3 deficiency, it might not necessarily be a skin disorder kp, I could be wrong. I'm going to the pharmacy and I will ask for the strongest omega 3 they have and I will try to take that for longer than 3 weeks and I'll let you know how I go, I have kp on my arms and legs.

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Posted by Jennifer (Detroit, Mi) on 02/23/2012

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.

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Posted by Nicole (Melbourne) on 03/31/2015

I found a page on facebook where a person found relief from kp with grape seed oil. So I went out and got 100% pure grape seed oil and started to apply it on my skin after the shower everyday before bed (so I don't walk around during the day all greasy) After 5 days of doing this I have noticed a huge improvement. You don't need to be dripping with oil you just need enough to cover your skin. Coconut oil was very helpful with my kp but I noticed a better improvement with grape seed oil.

I will also be doing a coffee scrub to help with my cellulite once or twice a week. I have noticed that coffee scrubs also help my kp but this time I will be mixing the ground coffee with grape seed oil. I use more oil in the mixture to help the coffee grounds stick to my skin, I rub it in for 5 minutes and I leave it on for 20 minutes to help with cellulite. If you don't have cellulite then you can just mix brown sugar with grape seed oil and use that as a scrub.

Grape seed oil has also helped lighten uneven or hyperpigmentation in skin and has also helped people with acne and dark under eye circles (remember you don't need too much of it, maybe only 3 drops for your face).

I've also noticed my kp gets worse when I drink soft drink so I've only been drinking water and tea :)

I wish you all the best of luck with finding a treatment or better yet a cure. Maybe even taking grape seed extract supplements could help but I hear it's a blood thinner so that might not be good for us women if you know what I mean.

It's only been 5 days so I will get back to you and let you know how I go. Thanks for your time. I hope I've helped :)

Replied by Indigo

Thanks so much for sharing. I will give it a try for 2 weeks and post back with results. I've had KP since early childhood and it might be about 50% better now (mid thirties). I've learned how to "manage" it.... But still searching for a cure. Here's what I've found that work best for me:
- Exfoliation with korean italy towel after soaking in bath (mag chloride or epsom salt added). - Clean eating. Extra veggies. - Intestinal cleansing. - Moisturize: emu oil, vitamin E oil, Goldbond Rough and Bumpy lotion, Sesame oil. Varies day to day... - Just started taking Micellized vitamin A a few weeks ago. Skin does seem better, but not sure how much it's really helping. (Take with other fat soluable vitamins - A, D, E, K - to maintain balance). Also take a good vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure no deficiencies. - Salicylic acid (crushed aspirin works), alpha hyroxu acids, and borax used as a scrub help smooth bumps and unclog pores. I plan on doing a full cleansing protocol developed by Bill Thompson (see his book on this site for more detail) which includes turpentine. I also am currently taking zeolites to rid heavy metals ans other toxins. Lastly, I plan to test for all food intolerances. If I have improvement with KP after completing those things, I will post again to share my results. And I look forward to any updates from you and others as well!

Replied by Nicole

Hey Indigo,

I have stopped applying grape seed oil for about 2 weeks now because I keep reading that kp is an essential fatty acid deficiency. I am now trying to take a multivitamin+fish oil + krill oil in one to see if that helps, its been 2 weeks and my skin is softer with lesser bumps, I'll get back to you in another 2 weeks. Good luck with everything you are trying. I hope we can find a treatment together, take care.

Replied by Deanna

Thank you for the info. I will try this on myself and my 2 yr old who has this terribly on his face and arms and a little on his legs! I feel terrible that this is hereditary and he has it much worse than me!

Replied by Susan
(Chicago, Il)

Hi I came across your post about your 2 yr old child having KP. Did any of the remedies work for you??

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax

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Posted by Cassandra (Halifax, Ns) on 09/04/2011

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax for KP

I have Vitiligo & have been trying his recipe for curing it using borax and hydrogen peroxide. Since I know KP (keratosis pilaris) is more often than not a parasitic condition, and I know the mentioned chemical combo is used on dogs and cats for demodex mite infestation, Ive applied the solution to the sides of my face and backs of my arms each night before bed. I dont rinse it off. So far it has been extremely effective! Not much has happened with the Vitiligo spot, but I will keep you posted on both!

P.S I also drink 500ml of hot water and ACV every morning upon rising.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I ran across a study that claims hydrogen peroxide precedes the immune response and that's what kills the melanocytes. I don't think I would try hydrogen peroxide. Look it up.


Probably could try omitting the HP, just using Borax.

Keratosis Pilaris Triggers

Posted by Kristina (Pittsburgh, Usa) on 08/31/2016


My son has KP on his lower part of arms and upper parts of legs, he is 10 years old, he had this for a long time. I took him to dermatologist and was recommended regular out of the counter moisturizers :/ especially in winter time, when skin gets more dry. But it never went away completely.

Then this year we went on vacation overseas to Armenia, we spent 2 months there. Guess what? All his skin was nice and smooth by the time we got back to the States!

I was shocked! Now my question is maybe local water makes it worse? or the wheat? or dairy?

While on vacation he ate everything fresh and organic, drank water from the faucet which is very good there. Showered with same water. So I do not know what exactly causing this Keratosis pilaris but I am so curious to find out.

Replied by Art
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Kristina (Pittsburgh, Usa),

Pittsburgh is at latitude 40.4406 degrees north while Armenia is at latitude 40.0691 degrees north or very slightly closer to the equator, however, Pittsburgh is at an elevation of 738 to 1,204 feet above sea level while Armenia is at an average of over a mile high meaning that it is closer to the equator and the altitude means that you will get significantly higher UVB exposure from the suns rays and consequently higher vitamin D will be produced in the skin from this superior UVB exposure.

According to this article, vitamin D may play a role in controlling Keratosis Pilaris:

This seems like a relatively easy thing to test to determine if vitamin D or lack of is playing a role in your son's KP.



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Posted by Lindsat (Sydney ) on 06/02/2017

I have been taking L lysine for dyshidrotic eczema on my fingers - it has worked wonders, but no doctors or pharmacy seems to know about it! As a bonus, it seems it has also cleared my KP!

Replied by Bel
(Melbourne, Australia)

What was the dosage of the lysine?

Posted by Nicole (Melbourne ) on 07/01/2014

Hi everyone. I heard that L-lysine has worked wonders for people with rosacea but it has protein in it so can that make your Keratosis Pilaris worse?

I have both these skin conditions and I was wondering if anyone has tried L-lysine and found that it made their kp better or worse? I would really like to try it for my rosacea. Please help. Thank you in advance :)

L-Lysine and Vitamin C

Posted by Nicole (Australia) on 06/29/2014

Hi there. I have both rosacea and kp. I've heard a lot about vitamin c and l-lysine being a natural remedy for rosacea. I was wondering if it would work the same for keratosis pilaris or can it make it worse. I would like to try this remedy, but I'm scared it will make my kp worse. Please get back to me if you have an answer. Thank you in advance :)

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Nicole, I don't see how L-Lysine and Vitamin C could make anything worse unless you overdo it!

Replied by Nicole

I heard it could make it worse because it has keratin in it and too much keratin is what causes KP. I asked the pharmacist and she said l-lysine is only for cold sores and nothing else and since I don't have cold sores I might not try it. Thanks anyway :)


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Posted by Nicole (Melbourne Australia) on 11/13/2013

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.

Replied by Kathy
(LA, US)

Hello..A few weeks ago I started "washing" my face with coconut oil and a few drops of lavender and amazingly enough my rosacea is clearing up, about 50 % better! I use this mix to remove my make up. I premix about 2 Tablespoon of Coconut oil with 5 drops of lavender. I leave this mixture in the bathroom and use a small amount on my face every night. I wash it off with a hot wash clothe. Then I add a bit more of the mix to the red patches.

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Posted by Juan (Anon, Usa) on 12/27/2010

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,


Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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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.


Replied by Margaret
(Toronto, Canada)

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!

Replied by Meagan
(Marshall, Tx)

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!

Replied by Erin
(Nashville, Tn)

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.

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Posted by Pauline (Cheshire, Uk) on 07/13/2010


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.

Replied by Jean
(Cerritos, Ca)

Pauline, could you please tell me what the orange/lemon mixture was that you mentioned and the amounts of each. Thank you, Jean

Replied by Pauline
(Cheshire, Uk)

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.

Replied by K
(Denver, Colorado)

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.


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Posted by Erin (Durham, Nc) on 06/10/2017

I really hope anyone with keratosis pilaris sees this post because niacin had been a game changer!!!

I have had this "chicken skin" for as long as I can remember. It's hasn't been ruining my life, but it is annoying. However, I recently accidentally discovered a cure: Niacin!

I try to take it regularly because, well, I actually like the way the flush feels. It just feels like it's healthy.

Recently I just happened to notice that my chicken skin was gone. Then I went on vacation and forgot my Niacin. No biggie, but my chicken skin came back. Then when I got home and took the Niacin, it went away again.

I've actually done 3 "experiments" since then (a few months ago) and I've gotten the same results:
Niacin = smooth upper arms
No Niacin = Bumps

I'd say start low, but not too low - it seems to me that as you build up B3 in your system, you flush less. I am trying 1000mg/day, and that seems to be maintaining, but I'd say start around 100, and EMBRACE THE FLUSH!

I've always been a little envious of girls with smooth skin, but now I have it, too, and it's really nice!! I also find that sun helps with the chicken skin but it takes longer to work.

Seriously, if you have this condition, try Niacin. I'm curious to see how many other people it helps!!

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Catalina (Mexico) on 12/17/2006

Oil pulling cured keratosis pilaris, coated tongue, ear wax greatly diminished, softer skin, sounder sleep, white teeth, pinker gums and tongue, reduced menopause symptoms. I have been oil pulling for 4 1/2 months. I pull for 20 minutes with organic coconut oil. Keratosis Pilaris has no known medical cure. I will oil pull for the rest of my life.

Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil

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Posted by N A (Tempe, Arizon) on 08/29/2016


I have a very light case of KP. I tried applying various remedies right onto my skin, but they would just soften the bumps for the day. Exfoliating just made my skin more irritated. I eventually learned about oil pulling and tried with sesame oil. The strong flavor made me gag if I did it after meal (because I didn't have time to do it before the meal). After getting organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, I found that I could oil pull before and after a meal no problem. After about week of daily swishing, I noticed that the bumps in one of my patches were starting to go down. I've been doing this for about a month, if I skip oil pulling for more than two day the bumps start to rise up again.

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Posted by Stacy (Oklahoma City, OK, USA) on 11/19/2008

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 and barefoots forum at 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!

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Canada)


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!

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