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HELP!!! Keratosis Pilaris (little bumps on back of arms)
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Lucious79
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Sun May 13, 2007 6:30 pm      Reply with quote
I am 27 and have been dealing with Keratosis Pilaris since I was about 14. I have tried basically everything and NOTHING has worked. I've heard so many different things on how to get rid of these bumps...from exfoliating and slathering on an alpha hydroxy lotion, to Retin-A, to vitamin E oil, etc...Does anyone have these and if so, have you been able to GET RID OF THEM??

I've always taken excellent care of my skin so I am quite annoyed by these little red bumps on the back of my upper arms and I have some on the very upper part of the back of my thighs. I know many dermatologists have said their is no way to completely get rid of them, but I at least want to lessen them or decrease the roughness/redness of them. Any suggestions??
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Tue May 15, 2007 3:57 am      Reply with quote
Been there, done that! I had a terrible problem with them for years. For some people (including me), it's caused by vitamin A deficiency. For whatever reason, my body doesn't process vitamin A well, so I had the alligator skin on upper arms and thighs as well as very poor night vision.

Now that I know what causes it, I make certain to take my vitamins every day. If I run out and miss them for awhile because I forget to buy them, I start getting the bumps again.

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Tue May 15, 2007 4:48 am      Reply with quote
Lucious 79 I had the same thing and Velvett has given the best advice!!

We sometimes spend so much time and money on the outside we forget to feed the inside.

A great multi vitamin sounds like it would certainly help, but give it time it doesn't work over night!

You will also be surprised what taking the right vitamins and minerals will do for everything else, good luck!
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Tue May 15, 2007 6:17 am      Reply with quote
I get this problem from time to time and I've generally found that a glycolic/AHA product will help keep it at bay.

But I don't always remember to bother, and just last week while I was showering, I could feel some bumps under my arms. I was in a terrible rush and used my foot scrubber on it (both sides) Shock I thought to myself that I'd really regret doing this. But I've been surprised that I never developed any raw spots or scabs or red marks or ANYTHING bad as a result! I find it hard to believe but it's true, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend doing this but...
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Tue May 15, 2007 6:41 am      Reply with quote
Velvettt wrote:
Been there, done that! I had a terrible problem with them for years. For some people (including me), it's caused by vitamin A deficiency. For whatever reason, my body doesn't process vitamin A well, so I had the alligator skin on upper arms and thighs as well as very poor night vision.

Now that I know what causes it, I make certain to take my vitamins every day. If I run out and miss them for awhile because I forget to buy them, I start getting the bumps again.

Velvett, that is a great piece of information. thankyou.
Apparently -
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Recommended allowance for vitamin A is 1000 retinol equivalents for adult males and 800 retinol units for adult females. One retinol equivalent is defined to be equal to 1 mg of retinol or 6 mg of b- carotene or 12 mg of other provitamin A carotenoids. Requirements are different for infants, children, pregnant and lactating women."

6mg of beta carotene a day should sort it! Excellent, thankyou! I shall but some straight away.
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Tue May 15, 2007 6:47 am      Reply with quote
I would also suggest upping your Omega3s (in all regards, actually). There's a gent on acne.org who has done quite a bit of research into this to alleviate this problem and fish oil taken daily seems to really help. I take 1.5 tsp. 2x/day, myself.

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Tue May 15, 2007 9:45 am      Reply with quote
Thanks for your suggestions. I will start taking a multi-vitamin soon and I will also look into the Omega 3's as well. I have been meaning to start up a vitamin regimen but have just not gotten around to it. Hopefully it will help alleviate the problem. I'll let you all know how it turns out!
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Tue May 15, 2007 11:09 am      Reply with quote
There was another thread on this earlier:

http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=23410&highlight=beat

Velvettt, Catski and others - what Vitamins do you take? I have a multivitamin with vitamin A but it's not in the beta carotene form. I also take a hair, skin and nails formulation (GNC) and I am cautious of staying below the limit for non-beta carotene forms of Vitamin A. If there's a good multi out there that carries its Vit A in the form of beta carotene, I'd be very very interested....
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Wed May 16, 2007 1:10 pm      Reply with quote
i have kp too since i was probably 5 years old.. ive just lived with it all my life not knowing its a skincondition until last month. ive been reading the http://www.keratosispilaris.org/ forums and found it very helpful.. and yes like the other ladies have stated its more important to think about what you put inside than whats on the outside!

most of the successes i observe come from natural and holistic methods like finding out with food sensitivities and allergies you have and eliminating them from your diet (along with good vitamins and supplimentation of course) most find after eliminating dairy and gluten from diet that KP and other skin conditions (like acne) also clear up.

another one thst big is oil pulling.. i have started that one myself but its only been 5 days...
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Wed May 16, 2007 2:45 pm      Reply with quote
I've been trying oil pulling for about 5 days now, no changes yet.

I'm intrigued at the idea of using supplementation to alleviate the KP! I'm already taking fish oil and borage oil, and they do make a slight difference. I'm going to try taking the vit A and I'm lactose intolerant anyway, so I really should cut out the dairy.

Will post back with my results! Very Happy

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