A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Keratosis Pilaris
I had a question the other day about keratosis pilaris.
Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition.
It causes small, hard bumps that may make your skin feel like sandpaper.
The bumps are often light-colored.
They usually appear on your upper arms, thighs, and buttocks, sometimes with redness or swelling.
They can also show up on your face, but that’s less common.
Except for some itching, keratosis pilaris doesn’t hurt and doesn’t get worse.
Many children and teens get it, and it usually disappears as you get older.
Keratosis pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin, the protein protecting your skin from infections and other harmful things.
The buildup forms a plug that blocks the opening of a hair follicle, but researchers don’t know what triggers the buildup.
If you have dry skin, you’re more likely to have keratosis pilaris.
It’s usually worse in the winter months, when there’s less moisture in the air, and then may clear up in the summer.
It often affects people with certain skin conditions, including eczema (also called atopic dermatitis).
You can’t prevent or cure keratosis pilaris, but you can keep your skin moist to lessen its effects.
To deal with keratosis pilaris it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.