Q: I have Keratosis pilaris pretty much all over my body. This past year it has spread to my lower legs. I was told to exfoliate with a loofah. Is using a loofah too drying on the skin? It appears as my KP has reddened since exfoliating. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have used the exfoliating lotion for KP and developed a rash, so that is not good. Thanks……...Stacey K
A: Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common skin disorder affecting as much as 40% of the adult population and slightly higher in adolescents. KP is a harmless genetic follicular condition that causes small bumps on the skin surface of the back and outer sides of the upper arms and sometimes on the thighs, tops of legs and buttocks. Most people who have it are not bothered by it or perhaps are not even aware that it is an actual skin condition.
There are a few prescription remedies that work with varied success, but the general consensus is that it is a dry skin condition and should be treated with moisture. Some people have results clearing the rash using prescription skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or vitamin D. Gentle exfoliation to take off the dead skin is encouraged. A loofah might be too rough for the skin but an exfoliating cloth made of microfiber might be a good alternative.
If traditional remedies do not work there are also some natural remedies you can try. Melt together 4 oz. of organic coconut oil, 4 oz. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of soy lecithin as an emulsifier. Spread the mixture on the skin as you would any moisturizer and use whenever you have the rash.
KP tends to run in family groups but is not contagious. It is often better in the summer and reappears in the dryer winter weather.
Q: Is there any reason to buy organic or cage free eggs. Are they any better than store brands? ………………..Candy, F
A: According to the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups, buying eggs anywhere is risky. No matter what the box says, very few chickens are actually cage free, and even if they were the floor they are on is so crowded and full that they can not do the typical chicken things that make better and healthier eggs.
Healthy eggs are best purchased at a farm nearby you from a grower who actually conforms to the highest standards. Free range chickens who can forage, exercise and perch produce the most nutrient filled eggs, Those purchased in most grocery stores do not meet the highest criteria for truly organic or healthy eggs.
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- Wednesday, 19 September 2012
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