Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless skin condition. Interchangeably referred to as “chicken skin,” it manifests itself on the backs of arms, cheeks and sometimes the legs. And while it’s relatively harmless, it can be frustrating to live with cosmetically. While Keratosis Pilaris is thought to be genetic, it can still be hard to pinpoint why it appears on skin and even more difficult to determine why it isn’t disappearing after trying many different treatment methods.
Some research has began suggesting that a gluten intolerance could have something to do with Keratosis Pilaris and its related flare ups, but talking to a doctor to determine that is of course, advisable. But it doesn't hurt to do a little trial and error; many people who experience Keratosis Pilaris actually try to eliminate gluten from their diets to see how it might be affecting their skin.
But even that can be difficult to do at first. Gluten is in all sorts of food — pastas, soups, salad dressings, beer, cereals, energy bars and more. So other than simply cutting gluten out of your diet in hopes to improve Keratosis Pilaris, here are a few other things you can do simultaneously that can help clear those annoying red bumps.
Removing gluten from your diet is certainly easier said than done, as gluten is found in wheat and grains which make up a lot of the foods we typically reach for. But many people are sensitive to gluten in their diets as evidenced by, what some believe to be, the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris. Of course, there’s one way to find out if gluten is responsible for “chicken skin” — cut it out of your diet.
Up your Vitamin A Intake
Vitamin A plays a huge role in the health of your skin — both internally and externally (which is why it’s a main ingredient in anti-aging skincare!) So when struggling with a skin condition like Keratosis Pilaris, it’s especially important to make sure you’re getting enough. The simplest ways to add more to your diet? You can take Vitamin A supplements or reach for foods like egg yolks, spinach, broccoli, kale and sweet potatoes.
Use a topical treatment cream to treat Keratosis Pilaris
KP Elements Skin Cream can clear up Keratosis Pilaris in as little as 30 days. KP Elements Skin Cream uses alpha-hydroxy acids, natural botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to soothe irritated skin and eliminate “chicken skin.”
Exfoliate Skin Regularly
Some may think that exfoliating areas affected by Keratosis Pilaris is a bad idea. However, gentle exfoliation, especially with chemical exfoliators like alpha hydroxy acids and glycolic acids are great at softening irritating skin and removing dead skin cells around the affected “chicken skin.” KP Elements Shower Body scrub is the perfect exfoliator for this issue, and clears Keratosis Pilaris even faster when paired with KP Elements Skin Cream.