A common question that we see from lots of people who have keratosis pilaris is “Can eating certain foods trigger my KP, cause an outbreak or make my KP worse?”. The answer yes and no, while it is not yet proven that eliminating certain foods from your diet will reduce you keratosis pilaris outbreaks or lessen your KP symptoms, there are some people who swear that this is the case because it worked for them as individuals.
The reasons for this are normally if someone has an undiagnosed for allergy or food sensitivity, or if the person has celiac disease. People who have both keratosis pilaris as well as celiac disease may indeed have their KP get worse by eating foods that contain gluten (mainly wheat based foods). If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, then you will most likely be instructed by your doctor to go on a gluten free diet permanently.
Another group of people who may see their KP symptoms improve by restricting themselves to a certain diet are those people who have both KP and either a dairy allergy or are lactose intolerant. When someone has both of these conditions, consuming milk or other dairy products may actually trigger outbreaks or make their keratosis pilaris become more frequent and / or worse.
However, if you don’t have either of the above two conditions, then your KP symptoms / outbreaks will most likely not improve just by avoiding these food groups. Just be sure to check with your doctor and be sure if your have either of these conditions before starting any type of specialized diet to treat your keratosis pilaris.Recently, an all natural treatment for keratosis pilaris has been getting a lot of national media attention. Many people are attributing their being KP free to this new system, which uses commonly available ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store. You can learn more about it here.