My daughter started having the same type of bumps on her arms and she did when she was an infant (little white bumps on her face). At first, I was not too alarmed, just kept a close eye on them. Shortly after, I noticed a few bumps on her legs.
As time went on, almost her entire arm was covered. Although she did not complain about them, I was concerned. After talking to several family members, others also had the same bumps. However, no one could tell me what they were or how to get rid of them. Perfect. So, off to researching I went.
After researching, I found she had a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris (KP), which is a common chronic skin condition that is not dangerous.
Her pediatrician examined her and confirmed she had Keratois Pilaris. Another common name is “chicken skin.” I am definitely not a fan of the nickname. The common areas it is located are your arms, legs, and buttocks. Our family members still have it and they are in their 30s, although research indicates the condition goes away after your teens.
So what causes it? Having too much keratin, which is a fibrous protein that makes up the outer layer of your skin. When this happens, the opening to a hair follicle is clogged and the bumps appear. The bumps are either pink, brown, or white and are dead skin cells. You should never try to “pop” or “pick” at them. This only makes the condition worsen. Note: You should consult your doctor to confirm you have keratosis pilaris. If you prefer prescription medications over natural remedies, your doctor can prescribe you medication.
Now that the problem was identified, it was time to find a solution. This part was much more vigorous. Curing keratosis pilaris needs to be done both inside and outside. First, start from the inside by doing a food elimination diet and ensuring you are getting your vitamins and probiotics. Second, use a natural scrub and special formulated lotion, while waiting on the results from the inside. This combination has been known to cure keratosis pilaris.
Food Elimination Diet
There may be more than one food to avoid so you will need to do a food elimination diet. The following are a list of foods that may be triggering your keratosis pilaris: casein (dairy protein), animal proteins, sugar (including honey and fruit), processed food (this stuff should be avoided at all costs!), fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and any artificial ingredient.
The elimination diet should be done for six weeks and you should remove each item one at a time. For example, remove only casein for six weeks. If you still have keratosis pilaris, you know that was not the culprit. On to the next item for six weeks.
Once you do find the source of the problem, if you just can’t live without it (I’m a bread person myself!), then have it occasionally. If having the particular food twice a week is too much to keep the condition under control, then try once a week. If that is too much, try every other week. And so on. This way you are not deprived of the food you love, but keep the keratosis pilaris under control.
Whole Food Diet
If you prefer to fast track the solution, you can do a whole food diet. Whole30 is a great plan to get you started! Not only will your skin look amazing, you will feel great too! After six weeks, add one food item at a time back into your diet. When the keratosis pilaris returns, you have found your culprit.
Food Allergy Test
Another option is having a food allergy test performed by your doctor. If the food elimination diets seem too overwhelming, you can have a food allergy test performed. There are two choices for food allergy testing: skin prick test or blood test.
The skin prick test results are immediate, while you have to wait a few days for the blood test results. Personally, the skin prick test did not seem appealing at all, so I chose the blood test. Once you receive your test results, remove the foods you are allergic to from your diet (you should remove them indefinitely!).
Keep track and see if your condition gets better. If not, the food elimination diet will need to be done.
Vitamins and probiotics are essential for your overall health. Talk with your doctor to find out which brand he/she recommends you should take. Always check the labels of your vitamins to know how much of each vitamin you are really getting, as well as, a list of the ingredients. You want natural organic supplements!
Note: I highly recommend staying away from a store-bought probiotic. You are better off making your own fully cultured kombucha tea at home. You can find great recipes online. Cultures for Health is a great source. If making kombucha tea is not an option, you can go to your local health food store to purchase already made tea. Just check the label because many brands make them!
A natural scrub will help remove the keratosis pilaris on your skin. Although there are many products online and at stores, I prefer all natural ingredients. Again, always check the ingredients prior to purchasing. You do not want to put anything on your skin that is not natural. A great homemade recipe can be found at Red and Honey.
If you do not have time or just do not want to make a scrub, Etsy has an array of natural products. This is where I purchase all of my natural skin care needs.
After scrubbing your skin, a natural moisturizer is needed. You need to keep your skin hydrated. There are lotions specially formulated for keratosis pilaris, just like the scrub, both online and at the store. Again, I recommend natural ingredients only. You can find a recipe to make your own lotion at Red and Honey or hop on over to Etsy and purchase an all-natural lotion.
Note: The scrub and lotion I purchase is made to order. This ensures it is fresh and will have a longer shelf life. Be sure to look for this if you choose to order online. And, read the reviews on Etsy! I only purchase from those who have several reviews.
There you have it. Six simple ways to cure your keratosis pilaris for good. If you know of any other remedies, please do share!