Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin, can be remedied easily. It is a skin disorder where little white or red bumps show up on the skin, usually on the backs of arms and legs, at the hair follicle.
Keratosis pilaris affects about 50% of the worlds population. Most of what I have read talks about how this skin disorder is a genetic issue or autosomal dominant gene, similar to the brown versus blue eye color phenomenon. While this may be true, I believe all things (including genes) are subject to change.
What is Keratosis pilaris, exactly? Keratosis pilaris is an overabundance of keratin, which is a naturally occurring protein in the skin.
The excess keratin, which is cream-colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pores. This causes the formation of hard plugs, a process known as hyperkeratinization. Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with Keratosis pilaris experience this condition year-round, it is during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower, that the problem can become exacerbated. The goose bumps are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture during this time.
Many of these bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin’s “capping off” the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair grows encapsulated inside the follicle.
It also is possible that one may have a Vitamin A deficiency as well, if you do indeed have Keratosis pilaris.
Now, here is where I want to push the envelope. I believe Keratosis pilaris is totally curable. If you are suffering from it that statement may jar you, even trigger anger. However, if you believe, as I do, that we create all of our own suffering through that in which we ignore, deny, stuff, over do, and abuse, then please, read on.
I had Keratosis pilaris for more than 20 years and completely cured myself.
Three simple steps help remedy Keratosis pilaris. While they are simple, they may require a shift in perspective or even an all-out ego death, in which reality as you know it crumbles and your only choice is to accept the truth and rebuild.
Keratosis pilaris is literally an excess of keratin, an insoluble protein produced by amino acids. Keratin is found in high protein foods such as meat and dairy. When we have any ailment, the first place to look is what we are putting inside our bodies as it always will show up on the outside. Now, I am not saying become a vegan. I am simply pointing out a fact – your diet directly affects your physical, mental, and spiritual being.
Keratosis pilaris can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and down right annoying, leading to high dermatology bills. If changing your diet allowed you to feel happy in your own skin, would you make the shift?
If you follow these three simple steps perhaps you will have the same experience I did and completely heal Keratosis pilaris:
1. Cut out meat and dairy.
That may seem unreasonable. However, I promise there is plenty of protein in many other foods. This will keep you from building up an excess of keratin. At least for the time being, this is something to do until you heal.
2. Dry skin brush twice a day.
Add this to your morning and evening bathroom routine. Make sure you brush in circular motions; hard enough to make the skin red or pink but gentle enough so as to simply stimulate circulation. The whole point is sloughing off dead skin cells, opening the pores and stimulating blood circulation.
3. Massage high-quality oil all over your body.
Keratosis pilaris also is apparent due to very dry skin in conjunction with the excess keratin and dominant gene. I have found the best oils to use are simple and organic such as coconut oil, jojoba or avocado oil. The key is massaging the oil into your body when it is moist, just out of the shower. Only dry off partially and then massage the pure oil over your entire body.
You also may want to consider switching to a high-quality drinking water as dehydration begins on the inside. Having said that, our skin also experiences dryness due to outside elements such as chlorinated water, dyes and perfumes on clothing, temperature and environment.
These three steps will most assuredly bring relief. Please feel free to post comments below if you have any questions.
To Your Best Self!