Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a skin condition in which a protein called keratin forms hard plugs in hair follicles, causing “goose bumps” on the skin. This is most typically on the back of the upper arms but can occur on the trunk, buttock, legs and face. This condition is harmless but can cause a lot of distress to some people. It is common in people who have dry skin.
A Naturopathic Approach to Keratosis Pilaris
At Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic, we have had success with reducing, minimizing or sometimes clearing keratosis pilaris.
We first often look to identifying food sensitivities. Dairy, eggs and wheat are often the main culprits, however, any food can be the offender. Typically there are other symptoms that a food sensitivity exists, so that can be one clue.
As is often the case with skin conditions, we also look at yeast and parasite cleansing, thyroid status, essential fatty acid status, vitamins and minerals, and liver detoxification. In some cases, KP can be quite resistant. Resistant KP may require many months of treatment. Topical treatment in addition is helpful, as well as looking at the mind-body connection.
If you want to explore deeper into the cause behind your KP, let us help you identify the imbalances that underlie your skin condition, and bring lasting skin health.