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Keratosis Pilaris – Can Food Trigger Your KP?

Keratosis Pilaris – Can Food Trigger Your KP?

When I first started on my journey to clearing my KP naturally by addressing the underlying causes, I discovered certain foods that would flare up my KP.

If I avoided these foods, my KP would get dramatically better and reduced any new bumps from forming.

I discovered that two of my biggest triggers to my KP were gluten and dairy. I knew that dairy was a huge problem for me because I used to get severe abdominal cramping after drinking milk when I was younger. This happened without fail after I drank a glass of milk, or even had it in my cereal.

When I began to learn about how cow’s milk can affect the immune system (if sensitive or intolerant) when studying Naturopathy, I decided to give up milk and anything dairy related. At first I noticed that I didn’t get sick all the time (I had a shocking immune system when I was younger), I didn’t feel uncomfortable and sick in the stomach all the time and I noticed by Keratosis Pilaris wasn’t as bumpy.

I was SO thrilled with how much better I felt and I just couldn’t believe that something I was eating could have such a dramatic impact on my health. Especially something that we are taught is essential for optimum health.

My Experience With Eliminating Dairy And Wheat

After a couple of years into my Naturopathy degree, I tried giving up wheat and gluten rich foods after being told by a Naturopath that I may also have a problem with these foods.

I thought my world had turned upside down, when I soon discovered what foods wheat and gluten were in. It was very daunting and scary at first trying to find alternatives to the foods I usually ate – sometimes I felt like I was starving because I just wasn’t educated on what to replace my food with.

After getting the hang of eating dairy and wheat free, I began to notice a big difference in my overall health. It’s funny how you don’t realise how unwell you were until you start feeling normal!

On top of this I noticed the bumps on my legs and arms didn’t look as irritated and on some parts of my skin they were completely disappearing.

I was one happy girl! All that willpower and hardwork was beginning to pay off.

Just The Beginning

Eliminating dairy and wheat was the beginning of my journey to clearing my Keratosis Pilaris. It was the first step where I finally discovered that there was more to this skin condition than just a genetic predisposition.

It wasn’t the only cause to my KP that I soon found out as it didn’t completely eliminate my bumpy skin all together, but it was definitely a starting point for me that allowed me to find out how to dramatically reduce the appearance of my KP.

If you haven’t thought about food being a trigger to your Keratosis Pilaris, then I highly recommend you give it a go. But before you do, please make sure you are well aware of what foods to replace them with and are prepared with how to eat a balanced diet when eliminating a major food group.

Please let me know of your experiences with KP and food triggers in the comment box below.

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8 Responses to “Keratosis Pilaris – Can Food Trigger Your KP?”

  1. Annette says:

    Hi Chloe,
    I have also changed my diet. I first started with giving up wheat, then dairy also. I then went further & gave up grains & reduced my sugar intake. I can’t say this has made a difference to my KP, but it certainly improved my acne. I have noticed on my right arm there is a patch that is completely clear, although I’m not sure why this is so. I’ve done ALOT of detoxes, diets, taken supplements etc since I was around 19-20, I’m now 32.

  2. Chloe says:

    Hey Annette, thanks heaps for sharing your experiences – are you still on a wheat free, dairy free diet? I find dairy and sugar is a big trigger for any pimples hormonally around the jaw line, and sugar initiates pimples on my forehead. I also stay clear of refined sugars and the skin on my face glows. You sure have done a lot internally to try and combat your KP. Detoxing my digestive system was the biggest link to the KP all over my legs (back and front and calves) – I’ve done this several times and my KP is non existant here. I will be writing more on this, and can’t wait to hear about your experiences with detoxification. Since it’s Spring i’m going to do another one but incorporate colonics to see if it completely budges the KP remaining on my arms.

  3. caryn says:

    how did you get tested for food sensitivities? 

    • Chloe says:

      Hey Caryn, at the beginning i actually eliminated wheat and dairy from my diet as a trial to see how i felt and when i did i noticed a massive improvement in my health and over time my skin. But now since i am a qualified Naturopath i have actually tested myself with a blood test by testing the IgG antibodies in my blood with specific antigens found in 46 different foods that has verified this. Many Naturopaths will test for this themselves or will be able to send your blood away to a laboratory for accurate results :)

  4. Michele says:

    Chloe, You said that eliminating dairy and wheat was just the beginning for eliminating your KP. What else did you do after that? I have been vegetarian for over 10 years limiting dairy to just cheese, then tried gluten free, then vegan, and now I’m sort of a hybrid of eating humane certified eggs, but no cheese or milk products, limited sugars, and occasional fish. My KP is better now than it has been, even on gluten free (I still limit this, but we all know how hard it is). Wondering if there are any hidden culprits I haven’t considered yet.

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