KP (keratosis pilaris)
Aka chicken skin or goose flesh
Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men
(usually clears up by age of 30)
Also affects 40% of adults
Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds
Similar to eczema only not itchy
Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin
Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails.
KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.
It’s a vata, dry skin condition
Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP
Massage with sesame oil
Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)
MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)
Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin
*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)
Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body
Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!
Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin)
Use a humidifier in the winter
Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)
Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks
And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing
See if you notice a difference
In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate
ACV (apple cider vinegar)
*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)
**Cod liver oil
The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times
Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather
Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)
Plenty of water (3 liters)
1 pint of carrot juice every day
Raw milk instead of regular milk
Ghee (clarified butter)
Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)
More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)
I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.
Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!
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