Keratosis Pilaris Remedies

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 :)

L-Lysine and Vitamin C
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 06/30/2014

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

L-Lysine and Vitamin C
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne) on 07/13/2014

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 :)

Vitamin K
Posted by Nicole (Australia) on 03/20/2014

Hi there, I have keratosis pilaris all over my arms and legs. I was wondering if anyone tried vitamin K and got any good results. I was trying msm sulphur and I did notice my kp clearing up, however it was making me vomit so I've stopped it now. Coconut oil has worked great but I want to know if Vitamin K is worth a try. Thank you

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.

Posted by Kathy (LA, US) on 07/13/2014
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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.

Coconut Milk
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne Australia) on 09/29/2013

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 :)

Coconut Milk
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne Australia) on 10/26/2013
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Better But With Side Effects

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.

Vitamin C
Posted by Redcairo (Miami, Ok, USA) on 07/14/2013
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I began making my own Lipospheric Vitamin C a few weeks ago. This is a special form that combines distilled water, non-gmo sunflower (<-- preferably) or soy lecithin (either liquid or powder/crystals), and Ascorbic Acid. Managing the temperature, a blender, and an ultrasonic machine results in a) lipospherically-encapsulated ascorbic acid, and b) <200nm sized spheres that the body will deliver directly to tissues for use as a phospholipid in nerve coverings and cell membranes (which puts the AA directly into the body tissues where the lipid is used).

My [note: free no-ads personal] blog has a few pages on how-to and details on Lipospheric-C here. [EC: please delete if desired, and if inappropriate to link I apologize.]

You can buy lipo-C, and it is much more 'efficiently' encapsulated in that case, though it usually contains 'stabilizers', but it's very expensive if you need to take it in quantity, and it doesn't have nearly as much lecithin, which may be the key player in this remedy. For a fraction the cost you can make it yourself and the health benefits are widespread.

I took about half a small batch a day for about two weeks. For detail, a whole small batch is about 1. 5 cups, or ~375g water + 15g AA and 45g lecithin. If made properly, this comes to around 11. 25g encapsulated AA, 3. 75 non-encapsulated AA, and the 45g of lecithin. So half a batch is half that.

For probably 20 years I've had the "massive red bumps" all over the back of my arms. So long I can't remember when I haven't. And I've had periods where my diet was very high in good fats (omega3 supplements, coconut oil, etc. ) but nothing ever touched them, although I admit I was never trying to do so. My teenager has often remarked on this because it's so extensive.

After 2 weeks (or less) of taking this stuff, my teenager was "agog" and raved about how the back of my arms suddenly had NO red bumps anymore at all. I had noticed my upper arms seemed much 'smoother' but thought I was imagining it, since my forearms were still dry and bumpy. I have a ~ two inch strip on the sort of top/outside of the arm that still has red dots but no bumps anymore, so I think that is still in healing process.

I had never considered this as a potential cure for KP (I always think of Lipo-C as being the C, but the lecithin is a huge part of it too). For more on lecithin (no research refs, just an overview), see Lecithin notes.

As an aside, the Lipo-C has made staggering changes in my sense of body-competence -- some effect that is not strength or energy yet sort of operates as both a little -- and my sense of well-being, elevation and stability of mood and patience, and more. My teen actually tried to give me her own money to buy a bigger machine to make and take more of the stuff, she says it so clearly affects my 'activity and happiness.' I can't say enough good things about the stuff. KP healing up is just one surprise benefit but probably the most trivial!

Vitamin C
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 07/14/2013

Hi Redcairo from Miami, Ok, USA - Thank you so much for the link to your blog and details of making Lipospheric Vitamin C. I've had sunflower lecithin for ages but hadn't bought an ultrasonic machine. I actually forgot about making it. Then, after reading your post on Earth Clinic, it prompted me to order one and start making my own Lipo-C. I look forward to positive things! Thanks again and best wishes for continued good health. Cheers, Bess

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tms (Stone Wall, Never Land ) on 06/12/2013
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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!

African Black Soap
Posted by Lorieamore (Colorado) on 06/09/2013
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KP is a build up of keratin, the protein. African black soap and oils is what have cleared mine.

Sonic Face Cleaning Brush
Posted by Nadia (Teaneck, Nj) on 01/22/2013
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My 7yr old son has KP, and my mom gave me a ___ [sonic face cleansing brush] for his skin. It really helps smooth down the bumps (I do this once a week). I follow this up with Amlactin every night, and this helps his face. But I constantly need to do this or else the KP will be very bad in a few days.

Sonic Face Cleaning Brush
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/23/2013

Hi Nadia, I too have kp and have had it since the age of 4 and I have found that organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil really helps with the redness and the bumbs. I apply it after I have a shower once a day but I think the more times a day you apply it the better.

I haven't tried this but maybe also use the coconut oil for all your cooking maybe if he ingests it as well it may help.

I also use goats milk soap instead of the supermarket soaps and if you get it organic I believe it will work much better, best of luck with everything.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/17/2013
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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.

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dale (Fairfield, Ct) on 02/04/2012
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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.

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


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/29/2010 383 posts


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.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Margaret (Toronto, Canada) on 12/29/2010

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!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Meagan (Marshall, Tx) on 02/11/2011

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!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Erin (Nashville, Tn) on 06/13/2011

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Pauline (Cheshire, Uk) on 07/13/2010
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Better But With Side Effects

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jean (Cerritos, Ca) on 07/13/2010

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Pauline (Cheshire, Uk) on 07/14/2010

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.

Castile or Goat Milk Soap
Posted by Lisa (Columbus, Oh) on 04/22/2010
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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.

Castile or Goat Milk Soap
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 07/29/2012
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I just bought some goats milk soap and my bumps are back!!!

Fish Oil Supplements
Posted by Am (Jackson Hole, Wy) on 01/13/2012

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.

Fish Oil Supplements
Posted by Priscilla (Mexico, Mo) on 04/18/2013

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

Fish Oil Supplements
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, AU) on 09/04/2014

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.

Fish Oil Supplements
Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, AU) on 04/20/2015

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Loubuggly (Zanesville, Ohio) on 05/17/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mommy Of E (Three Rivers, Mi) on 08/16/2012

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!

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Stacy (Oklahoma City, OK, USA) on 11/19/2008
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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!

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Jay (Toronto, Canada) on 11/01/2011
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Better But With Side Effects

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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