Patient Comments: Keratosis Pilaris - Cause

What was the cause of your keratosis pilaris?

A Doctor's View on Keratosis Pilaris Causes

Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Small elevations of skin around the hair follicles cause keratosis pilaris (KP). The condition does not seem to be tied to diet, allergies, or vitamin deficiency. Some researchers speculate that ingrown hairs may cause keratosis pilaris. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Gretchen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I, too, have discovered the cause of my keratosis pilaris: bovine casein, the main protein in cow's milk. There is no doubt it's bovine casein. As long as I stay away from bovine casein, I don't get the rash. When I eat hard cheeses made from bovine milk, in about 3 days, the rash appears. Happens the same way every time I eat cheese made from cow's milk. I don't drink milk now as an adult, but I sure drank a lot of it when I was a child, and I had very obvious KP lesions on my jawline, back of the upper arms, and on the forearms, buttocks, and thighs. Goat's milk, and cheese from goat's milk, or sheep milk cheese doesn't cause this to happen. So, I really encourage anyone with KP to eliminate all cow milk products from their diet for a month, and see if the PK disappears. Then re-introduce bovine milk products again, and see if the lesions reappear.

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Comment from: Hildismommy, Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had KP when I was in elementary school. My Grandmother took me to our GP and she didn't know what it was called my father had it as well when he was younger. I took my daughter to her pediatrician for a checkup and we had noticed the bumps on her face, arms, and legs. The doctor said let's check on my daughters Keratosis I was floored this is the first time I ever found out what it was that we all had. Plus side she said that we will never have a problem with acne due to the fact that our face does not produce oil like people without KP.

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Comment from: Christopher, (Patient) Published: May 17

It is vital to note that casein is in many different foods. Anyone interested in seeing if they can improve symptoms through diet should be very thorough and check all their food labels. Products that often have casein in them include cold cuts, candy, and bread products. Your best bet is to stick to a very simple diet of lean meats, fish, vegetables, and fruits for a month.

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Comment from: latte73, Published: March 15

I'm 40, and believe I've had keratosis pilaris (KP) since I was 10 years old. I have always been allergic to dairy. I use soy and other non-dairy products. It seems to be worse in winter. I do not believe there is anything that makes it worse. I do know that bergamot, sunshine, lotions with alpha hydroxy acids and lotions with urea are the only things that have helped me. I have eliminated all kinds of things from my diet to find if there is a relation to foods. But that seems not to be the case at all. For me, KP is not food related.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

EXFOLIATION! In the shower I use a sandpaper like foot callus file to exfoliate the skin on my upper arms and backs of my legs where I have it mostly. It knocks the tops off the pimples that are ready to open and gets rid of any dead/dry skin waiting to clog up other pores. This doesn't get rid of it all, but I see a huge improvement for me especially with regular doing. You have to go easy when you first start otherwise you will have red scraped and irritated skin. Try it, I promise you will see a difference in a couple of days. You need to then regularly exfoliate to keep the dead skin from accumulating. More often in the winter and less in the other less-drying seasons.

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Comment from: Joan Bond, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

Reasons for KP: 1. Possible heredity factors due to habits of eating passed generationally, so fix your diet! 2. Plugged hair follicles on skin, though this probably has a nutritional cause. 3. Inability to convert beta carotene into vitamin A - phrynoderma rare cause. 4. Deficiency of Vitamins A, E, and Mineral Zinc. 5. Poor intestinal health lack of correct bacteria or yeast fungus overgrowth, leading to poor digestion. 6. Low thyroid function hypothyroidism 7. Possible reaction to Bovine Casein (milk solids) found in dairy milk, cream, cheese, butter. Solutions for KP: 1. Eat raw veggies and fish, lean meat, skip bovine dairy, use palm sugar (from coconut) instead, fish, and drastically lower carbs, no white carbs use black/red/ or brown rice, quinoa, etc. Avoid cane sugar, and wheat. 2. Wax arms and legs where it occurs. This may remove the keratin plug near hair follicle that causes the bump and will remove dry, scaly skin. Use Cetaphil cream on areas after waxing, to moisten skin. Drink water! 3. Multivitamin-Multimineral supplement plus extra Vitamin E for 400 IU, Zinc not to exceed 100 mgs daily, Omega-3 supplements, and diet to include raw leafy greens like kale, chard, and raw or cooked carrots, yellow squashes. 4. Lots of cultured yoghurt, non-fat, non-sugar forms. Probiotics to include lactobacillus acidophilus, and bifidus strains. Digestive enzymes (no hydrochloric stomach acid) with probiotics is great! 5. Take Thyroid Glandular supplements, and also Adrenal Gland Extract. Should be ok, but if on meds, check with your doctor first. 6. Also for Thyroid and Adrenals, take Iodine in seaweed salad or soup or cooked form, such as Kelp, toasted seaweed like Nori, or capsules of chlorella, spirulina, blue-green algae, etc. Iodine helps skin and hair, is digestible protein source, helps boost thyroid and adrenal glands, and detoxes body (Chlorella). 7. Take Selenium from 2 raw Brazil nuts daily or supplements as it absorbs well with Iodine. 8. Avoid bovine dairy products for a while to aid digestion. Cow milk is hard to digest. Use goat milk cheese, and soy or coconut milk replacements.

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