How To Fix Keratosis Pilaris (Chicken Skin)?
I used to think that I was one of the only people in high school that had this bumpy texture on my arm and face. My skin always had a rough surface. It turned out that this is really common. I never seek any medical advice because it never bothered me. It was a part of me. What I wanted to heal last year was my perioral dermatitis (rash) which was located in my face.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
I am not a skin specialist and I even have spent time healing my perioral dermatitis and looking for the reasons why I had KP, what causes it and how I could fix it.
It is a cluster of small bumps on the surface of the skin. Typically found on the arms, thighs and bottom. It affects almost 40% of the population. Keratosis Pilaris is a buildup of keratin in the hair follicle which causes a plug to develop in that area.
Here is what I have learned about skin health. Skin health requires the vitamins A, D and K and a healthy digestive system with good healthy gut flora. Also vitamins A and D don’t work as well without the presence of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is like the activator of the other two vitamins. These three vitamins are required for strong teeth, bones, skin and hair. They are also involved in reducing inflammation and improve healing.
There are quite a few suggestions that KP is a vitamin A deficiency. This would explain why the cod liver oil/butter oil had such an impact on my skin. The other thing, the health of your skin is connected with your digestive health. What I discovered is that I had leaky gut which is also causing my perioral dermatitis. So on my journey to heal my leaky gut, I am also healing my KP.
Probiotics played a large role in this journey alongside the presence of the vitamins A,D and K. On this journey, I stopped using store bought moisturizers and I now only use homemade skin care products on my skin.
Find out the steps on how to detox your skin and improve perioral dermatitis which helped me improve my keratosis pilaris in the process.
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