Patient Comments: Keratosis Pilaris - Experience


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Comment from: Gigi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I got keratosis pilaris (KP) about eight months ago. I’ve been to two differently dermatologist and this is the worst thing I have ever experienced, I have it from head to toe. It breaks out, gets hot and itches. I have been using a light box at the doctor’s office, but it isn’t working too well. Sometimes it is so bad I can’t put clothes. I am so depressed, summer is coming and I just want to get rid of this. I get these big red bumps. I don’t know what else to do. All I know is I spent a lot of time trying to get rid of this.

Comment from: GetA_DNA_test, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I have had keratosis pilaris for as long as can remember. I did the 23andMe DNA test and it told me I had a gene for celiac disease. I quit eating gluten and all my skin conditions went away, including the bumps on the back of my arms. I hadn't been scrubbing the back of my arms or using lotion either, they just got smooth on their own. My mood also improved. I was not aware of any intestinal problems, so I never would have been diagnosed with celiac otherwise.

Comment from: Sazminazz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am 37 and have had mild keratosis pilaris (KP) on my arms since I can remember, but never really knew what it was. I have just had my second child and am breastfeeding, and at 5 weeks after the birth I had a huge flare up over my arms, thighs and bottom, covered in KP. At this point my general physician diagnosed it as KP and said there is a theory that hormonal fluctuations or breastfeeding can cause flare ups. I am trying moisturizing and going to see if cutting dairy makes any difference, fingers crossed!

Comment from: Lia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I started to notice the keratosis pilaris (KP) on both of my upper arm on my first winter in Japan as I was doing my PhD study here. I come from a tropical country, so I thought at first it was just an allergic reaction to the sudden change of climate. But the skin didn’t get as smooth as previously once winter passed. I do notice I eat more bread and dairy product for breakfast as it is fast and convenient, I don’t regularly eat those for breakfast in my home country.

Comment from: MustangOG1994 , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I have keratosis pilaris on my thighs, and sometimes my shoulders will have a small flare up or just a few bumps come and go. I believe that a contribution or maybe even the whole cause of it is sweating. I have noticed that personally it is worse in the summer, especially if you are sweating a large amount while wearing jeans and performing manual labor, it rubs mainly the front of my thighs. Some of them get kind of large and I will feel them throughout the day sometimes but too much washing doesn't help either, so I will scratch the top off some of them, and wear shorts whenever possible. I don't know much about it but most of the time you don't notice it and although I am slightly self-conscious about them sometimes I have never had anyone mention them. It's almost like it's not even there; almost!

Comment from: vavavannah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I've had keratosis pilaris as long as I can remember. I'd basically be perfect, if my legs weren’t so bumpy.

Comment from: Tra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I'm 50 years old and I've had keratosis pilaris (KP) since I was a child, but only recently learned about it. All the women on my mom's side also had this, but not to the extent that I do. My arms, legs and forehead are plagued with it. I've tried various things, eliminating dairy which did nothing and several types of lactic acid creams which again did nothing. I do see a noticeable difference though when I use suntan oil, not lotion, but oils. It's only temporary, until the oil wears off, but I'm experimenting with the coconut oil base and trying various salts and oatmeal. By combining this with use of a pumice stone, it seems to be helping a bit.

Comment from: titaniaqueen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

My keratosis pilaris is on my upper arms and thighs. It disappeared with the onset of menopause but has reappeared after starting hormone replacement therapy.

Comment from: tsee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I have had keratosis pilaris (KP) since I was 14 years old. I reside in Singapore (hot and humid) country but the condition did not help. I have it on both my arms for years even until today. When I turned 32, it started spreading to my legs and my thigh. And recently, at age 35, I noticed that it is beginning to affect my calf area. This condition has affected my life in many ways, I have never once, worn a t-shirt after 14 years of age, outside of my home. I have never dared to date anyone, and even when I did, it is always unsuccessful. This condition is so pronounced and is causing much distress to many silent sufferers. I am truly hoping that a savior dermatologist could help all sufferers to alleviate this agony and pain. I wish that more research is done on this chronic skin disease.


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Comment from: i am me, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 26

I suffer a lot with keratosis pilaris (KP) or what we call chicken disease. To get rid of KP scars, shower with bath salt once a week. After shower use olive oil and massage the KP spots.

Comment from: quizzle10, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

After one month on a ketogenic diet, my keratosis pilaris (KP) is gone. I wasn"t expecting this effect, but I"ll take it.

Comment from: K., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

Look up LCHF (low carb high fat) way of eating, as so many people have seen their keratosis pilaris symptoms disappear, often within 4 or 5 weeks.

Comment from: vandana sharma, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

Use lotus licorice soap daily. It is really a very effective soap, my keratosis pilaris (KP) problem is gone; trust me my friends!

Comment from: marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had a really bad flare up this week, the stinging is driving me mad. I went to my doctor but I knew what he would say, it’s not serious, don’t scratch. I could cry; when will my doctor understand what this is like!

Comment from: Ivory, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

It is so irritating to feel the bumps on my arms. I don't even want my husband to rub them. It is impossible to put lotion on all day. I wish there was something that works.


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