Healthy Eating and Keratosis Pilaris

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Keratosis Pilaris is a relatively common skin condition often referred to as chicken skin. Hard red bumps appear on the skin’s surface, usually on the outer arms and thighs and for those who suffer from this condition there is unfortunately no known cure.

Treatments for keratosis pilaris are many and despite laser treatment and various moisturising lotions the results are generally minimal. The symptoms of KP mimic those of goose bumps but they are actually caused by a build up of keratin that then clogs the hair follicle and therefore produces a hard white or reddish bump. The first step to take as far as treatment goes is to pop along to a dermatologist so that a diagnosis can be confirmed and a possible underlying cause can be discovered.

Studies have shown that many of the prescribed treatments, which include creams and ointments do not have positive effects on the appearance of the skin. Exfoliation is however a much more positive way of treating the rough hard bumps typical of keratosis pilaris. By exfoliating the skin on a regular basis is frees the skins surface from the build up of dead skin cells and creates a smoother texture.

But it is perhaps looking at our diet and practising healthy eating that can have the most favourable effects on keratosis pilaris. It is a known fact that what we eat can have an impact on our health and either improve or irritate various health complaints we may be suffering from. Skin conditions respond well to a healthy balanced diet, so by adopting for fresh fruit and vegetable in place of the more fatty foods, sugars and processed meals, we can improve the appearance of our skin in a matter of weeks if not days.

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