• Why does my child skin feel so bumpy? Keratosis Pilaris and what to do about it !

    by Juliana Nahas, MD
    on Mar 3rd, 2019

Does your child have scaly or bumpy skin despite all the lotions you apply on a daily basis? Do you wonder if they have eczema or some other condition that your doctor has not told you about?

I often have parents ask me the question ”why does my child’s skin feel so bumpy?” , and it is estimated that 15% of people have this condition. The skin on the front of their thighs and back of the arms, and sometimes the face, feels like “chicken skin”, and no amount of moisturizing, scrubbing or exfoliating seems to help much!

Girls are the most concerned about their skin appearance, of course, but boys get this skin condition too.

The secret to healing this condition is to deal with it from the inside out. Exfoliating, dry brushing and moisturizing do help, but they are not permanent solutions.

You will need to address the underlying deficiencies and inflammatory conditions in the body that cause Keratosis Pilaris (KP for short) to occur. KP tends to be worse in the winter months because we get less vitamin D from the sun, and the air indoor is drier.

In addition to Vitamin D, the skin requires Vitamin A, Vitamin K2, and Omega 3 fatty acids.

To heal KP ( and inflammation in the rest of your body), eat foods like the ones on the list below, and avoid inflammatory foods like vegetable oils ( omega 6 fatty acids) and trans fats, sugar and refined or processed carbohydrates and grains, dairy foods, and certain nuts like soy and peanut.

If you are allergic to some of the foods on the list, consider taking pure supplements instead. You can find very high quality products on my fullscript web-link here.  Also consider taking probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut or kimchee, or some probiotic supplements, because these healthy bacteria assist in nutrient production and absorption, among other benefits to the gut.

Products I often recommend include OmegAvail smoothies or capsules by Designs for Health, and the Nordic Omega 3 Gummy/fish Tangerine , or the cod liver oil by Nordic naturals.

Designs for Health and Pure Encapsulations also carry a variety of vitamins and supplements, as well high-grade probiotics, so check out our catalog.

And remember, it all starts with the diet, so consume foods from the Healing table and avoid foods from the Inflammatory table listed below!

 

Healing Foods

Inflammtory Foods

Eggs Grains
Grass fed Butter or Ghee Omega 6 vegetable oils ( corn, safflower, soy) and Trans fats
Grass fed meat and organ meat  Ordinary meat
Cod liver oil refined sugars and processed carbohydrates
Leafy green vegetables Peanuts
Cold water fish like salmon Processed foods in general

 

 

Author Juliana Nahas, MD Pediatrician at Covington Pediatrics

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