Helpful ideas for keratosis

Alicia - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son has been diagnosed with keratosis on his upper arms and legs. The allergist says that there really isn't anything to make it go away and that it may fade as he gets older. Has anyone dealt with this before? Does anyone have any ideas of the best soaps and lotions to use that might at least tone it down a bit? Right now I use Baby Aquaphor soap and put hypoallergenic no fragrance lotion on after the bath. That helps with the dry skin and eczema patches, but I was interested in something that could specifically target the keratosis.

Thanks everybody!!

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Why don't you try to see a holistic pediatrician? My 16 months old son had developed severe eczema at 6 months of age, actually when I stopped breastfeeding him. The worst was on his cheeks. Just horrible! We noticed that I had a reaction to milk so we change him to soy. The conventional doctor kept prescribing creams containing cortisone, with barely any positive results. I just couldn't stand the idea of seeing my son being exposed with such unsafe medication so that I decided to find a holistic pediatrician in my area. After some long researches online, I was finally successful and so blessed that she is located only 15 minutes from my home. The first thing was she told me was to use zinc oxide on his skin and then to change his diet. Since soy has allergen she recommended to put him on rice milk. We took all diaries off and after less than a week we could already notice a huge different. We then went to the beach and we do not know if the combination of all made it but two days later our son's cheeks looked just like silk. We just couldn't believe it. Now noone could ever think that he ever had eczema. I wish you good luck.

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Quoting Stephanie:

I am looking up arbonne stuff now!


www.arbonne.com



Amazing stuff!

Lucy - posted on 06/13/2011

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My 2 yr old daughter also has it and I've read that Apple Cider Vinegar is a great home remedy. We diluted it a bit and have been putting it on her like lotion with cotton balls after her baths every night and have noticed that a lot of the bumps and redness have gone away on her arms but the back of her legs are still bad. I did read somewhere that someone made a lotion with ACV and Coconut Oil and that it worked for them so I may try making that lotion next. I would try these first before exposing your babies and toddlers to such harsh chemicals when it doesn't even really bother them. It's more of a cosmetic issue for the parents at that age. I also agree that I think it's diet related and we are planning on trying a modified elimination diet to see if taking some foods out will help (e.g. dairy, eggs (she was allergic to eggs as a baby)). Hope this helps.

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There is a cream you can get from Sephora called KP Duty by DermaDoctor. It has worked extremely well on my 8-year old daughter's KP - even better than the prescription cream we were given by our family doctor. It is a little pricey - about $35 - but it honestly is worth it.

Kathalina - posted on 09/12/2009

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My son was diagnosed with this earlier this year and his doctor said to keep him away from eggs, cow's milk (we now use soy or goat milk), peanuts (we now use almond butter instaed of peanut butter) and acidic foods such as citrus, stawberries, tomatoes etc. He also suggested we wash his clothes in "All Free and Clear" laundry detergent and use oatmeal bath when he has a breakout and Aveeno body wash for day to day use. I also use Aveeno lotion after baths. We did all of those things and the result was immediate. He's been fine ever since, unfortunately it is difficult to keep things like eggs and cow's milk completley out of his diet so if he eats anything made with those he will have a flare up but we use the prescription cream for a day or so and he's back to normal. Hope this helps.

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Kylie - posted on 04/09/2014

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Hi Jane, please look into chicken and the high levels of insoluble kerotin they are fed through there own feathers being force fed to them :( we can't break down tge kerotin and I've read that it comes out through our pores. I've stopped chicken and am noticing a bit of a difference but its only been 1 week so I'm going to stick to it for as long as it takes. I've stopped dairy and other things on and off for years with no results.

Jane - posted on 06/13/2011

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"his doctor said to keep him away from eggs, cow's milk (we now use soy or goat milk), peanuts (we now use almond butter instaed of peanut butter) and acidic foods such as citrus, stawberries, tomatoes etc."

Sounds like me when I was a kid! One way to keep these foods out of his diet is cook everything from scratch, and very rarely eat out. You don't say how old your son is, but my mother drilled me so diligently that by the time I was four I could recite exactly what foods I could not eat when offered something at a friend's house. My one failing was doughnuts, but I realized early on that it was my fault if I ate one and my skin got bad.

Trina - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for all the advice. I was glad to see this discussion thread as my 2yr old son was just diagnosed with this too and I didn't know what had worked for other moms. So thanks to all you for the help! Now I have lots of ideas to try!

Regan - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have it, and so do my kids. Cetaphyl cream works the best! We use Aveeno body wash, but I imagine the Aquaphor is the the same. I can't say enough good things about the cream, though. Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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It has been 15? yrs. since I asked the Dr. about this for mysel f& I was told to get LacHydran lotion (over the counter) and that what my skin needed was moisturizers. I hardly noticed a difference. It finally went away when I was in my 20's! I never had a problem with acne, just the Keratosis on my arms. My sister did not have this problem, but she had acne. We are Italian & so I thought I heard once that it's common with olive skin. My Italian cousin(s) had this too. My oldest, now 7, has Keratosis on his arms & cheeks (not that noticeable). It has only gotten worse for him with age. I believe gentle buffing of the skin & using LacHydran is your best solution. And I would only buy Aveeno lotion products. Cortizone-10 (ointment) works great on eczema, in small amts. I would not use anything thick (like vaseline) or oily. LacHydran is a very smooth well absorbing lotion.

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I have found castile soap and coconut oil help my keratosis. You can find coconut oil in the grocery store. Both are low cost choices.

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Quoting Tasha:

I don't have keratosis but have you tried any Arbonne products. They work great for alot of skin problems like Rosacea, and psoriasis, my son had Eczema and this product got rid of that. It's really worth a try and all the products are perfume free and very healthy for your skin. Hope that helps, good luck. These products have no mineral oil.



Is this something we can look up online? do you have to be a member to view this stuff?

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Quoting Tasha:

I don't have keratosis but have you tried any Arbonne products. They work great for alot of skin problems like Rosacea, and psoriasis, my son had Eczema and this product got rid of that. It's really worth a try and all the products are perfume free and very healthy for your skin. Hope that helps, good luck. These products have no mineral oil.



Is this something we can look up online? do you have to be a member to view this stuff?

Merridith - posted on 09/10/2009

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My six-year-old has Keratosis, as diagnosed by a dermatologist, and my husband has it as well. We've been told, like you, that there is no cure for it, and on the upside, it doesn't really seem to bother either of them much. After going through cream after cream and soap after soap over the last six years, our pediatrician recommended Dove shower gel for sensitive skin. I now use this on the entire family and it works very well not to further irritate dry/sensitive skin. I hate to tell you that no lotion I've found has gotten rid of the bumps, though some are less irritating. The best (relatively) inexpensive option we've found is Melaluca's Renew lotion - it's worked wonders for my middle child, who has ridiculously sensitive skin. The shea butter lotion from L'Occitane is wonderful, too, but at $40 a tube you need to budget at least $120 a mo. to cover one kid. Hope this helps!

Kristie - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 3 TO son has it, and the dermatologist I took him to said to use Stridex pads every day to get the dead skin off of him (since that is what clogs the pores in the skin causing the rash/pimples). I honestly haven'tseen where it works, but it could possibly work for you!!

Tasha - posted on 09/10/2009

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I don't have keratosis but have you tried any Arbonne products. They work great for alot of skin problems like Rosacea, and psoriasis, my son had Eczema and this product got rid of that. It's really worth a try and all the products are perfume free and very healthy for your skin. Hope that helps, good luck. These products have no mineral oil.

Dana - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son has keratosis on his arms pretty badly, and on his face he has rosacea. I had good luck with using a rough sponge to bathe him, and rub his arms gently to dislodge the dry skin. then I use any really oily lotion, such as Vaseline Intensive Healing Lotion, on him. One really strange thing--he also has severe allergies and he was using Nasonex nasal spray. It seems that the Nasonex made it worse. When we changed to another brand of nasal spray, the keratosis got better. Of course the allergist doesn't believe it, but the reason I stopped the Nasonex was that another friend complained it seemed to make her son's keratosis worse, so it's not just my weird imagining.

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My Sister, who is a health nut, is convinced that my daughter's Keratosis is from an allergy of something. I've asked my doctors and they say no it is not allergy related. But has anyone tried to figure this out or not? Tested to see it could be a allergy?

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My daughter has the same thing. She is 16 now. The good news is it hasn't gotten any worse :) Our pediatrician did prescribe a steroid cream that did get rid of it while she was using the cream, but it came back when we stopped. She did say that using a small amount of Olive Oil every day as a moisturizer would help although we haven't tried that yet.

Catherine - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 2 year old son also has keratosis on his upper arms and so does my nanny's daughter (also 2 yrs). She suggested that I try Eucerin PLUS (not normal Eurcerin). So I bought some of this lotion and I put it on his upper arms after bath every night. In about 2 weeks or so it mostly all went away (at least about 80-90 percent). My kids (I have 2 yr old twins) also had eczema as infants (behind their knees) so we use lubriderm on their legs, but the eczema is mostly gone. Hope this helps!

Jenny - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Alicia:

Helpful ideas for keratosis

My 2 year old son has been diagnosed with keratosis on his upper arms and legs. The allergist says that there really isn't anything to make it go away and that it may fade as he gets older. Has anyone dealt with this before? Does anyone have any ideas of the best soaps and lotions to use that might at least tone it down a bit? Right now I use Baby Aquaphor soap and put hypoallergenic no fragrance lotion on after the bath. That helps with the dry skin and eczema patches, but I was interested in something that could specifically target the keratosis.
Thanks everybody!!



 



Alicia,



I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Mom of three. I have a few things that might work. Keratosis Pilaris, is a "soft sign" of allergies and if your son has Eczema, that is another things that goes along with allergies. Try to stay away from lotions and creams with mineral oil/petrolate because it is an occlusive oil that doesn't help get the skin moisturized into the deep layers.



For my duaghters eczema, I use Arbonne's baby wash, oil and lotion., and love it. If you aren't familiar with Arbonne, it isn't sold in stores but I am happy to get you more info if you need it. The thing that works for my daughters keratosis is their body serum followed by the baby oil.



 



I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!



Jenny Kronbach





 

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Quoting Katie:

YES!! My daughter and son both have / had eczema. There is a WONDERFUL lotion made by a company called Melaleuca. The lotion is called Renew. Use it regularly, especially after bathing. It will clear it up and then you can just use it as needed, or continue to use regularly for super moist skin! Go to melaleuca.com to order. It is not sold in stores, but trust me it is a dream come true!!



This will help people with Keratosis?

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My daughter has this and we have found that it helps to use EMU OIL, lots of vaseline, and hydracortisone 1% cream. It helps the fade to skin color, however we were told she may or may not grow out of it. It is sortof like a wait and see game. We tried oatmeal for babies (bath stuff and lotion) with no luck, we use unscented everything with no luck,. Good luck!

Madelin - posted on 09/10/2009

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I hope this helps. i have KP, i had it all my life. i am 26 years old now and my daughter got it as well, she is two now. There was really nothing that helped it, i try to use fragrant free products on my skin and it helps a little but this product i heard worked pretty well to tone it down. You can learn more about it on WebMd.com!





KP Kit #16455

Price:$56.00 Quantity:4 item(s) available

Weight:1.00 lbs

Quantity: 1 2 3 4





RATED #1 by Prevention Magazine for Keratosis Pilaris!

Special package deal. Includes a full size Exfoliating Body Wash. and Glytone Body Lotion. The Body Wash has a refreshing fragrance. The Body Lotion is fragrance free. Excellent regimen to combat Keratosis Pilaris which is the tiny bumps many people get on their arms and other extremities.

Key Ingredients:

Glycolic Acid

Full Ingredients:

Exfoliating Body Wash- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Water, Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Glycerin, Lauramine Oxide, Fragrance, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lauramine DEA, Methylpa

Direction for Use:

Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash: helps remove the dry bumps of keratosis pilaris. Use in the shower. Leaves your skin smooth and clean. Glytone Body Lotion: helps exfoliate dead skin cells and hydrate the skin to provide smooth, even skin tones. Use immedia

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