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Fat good for skin observation/question (Keratosis Pilaris)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Hello there paleo hacks, i've been eating paleo for a few weeks now & lurking this site a fair amount, its been going really great, basically the less carbs/more meat & fat i eat the better i look & feel, it's taken a few weeks to get over the fear of fat & getting used to eating lots of meat but im pretty much there, im even considering eating only animal products for a couple weeks to see how it goes.

My question today has to do with fat & skin health due to something that happened recently, for as long as i can remember ive had spots on my thighs, not sure if its acne but its lots of dry/rough spots some bordering on boils & general rough/dry skin, due to them only appearing on my outer thighs they never bothered me much, if they were on my face it would be another matter! Anyway, the other day i was doing my dish washing in the shower (i dont have a kitchen sink) and my hands got greasy after washing the frying pan, i instinctively rubbed my greasy hands over my thighs, finished up showering (not using any soap) then i noticed the next morning my thighs had no spots at all, no dryness & were as smooth as skin can get, an overnight miracle

Now the spots are back with a vengance & im wondering what the best fat would be to rub on them? Coconut oil reduces it somewhat, ive used it a few times in the past, but the animal fat from the frying pan worked sooo much better, i wish i could remember what id been cooking the night before so could do it again

Should i be rubbing lard or butter all over myself?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 17, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I like the shea based stuff as well. We use "Everyday Shea" for shampoo, soap, etc. Decent price, and works well.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Post back and let us know... My son has it, and he def does not eat enough fat. Might be worth trying that with him.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Im now pretty sure it is Keratosis Pilaris, i was already planning to try an elimination type diet, so im only going to eat animal products (eggs/fish/duck/lamb/beef/pork/butter) coconut oil & some green veggies for a few weeks. Having a search for Keratosis Pilaris on here i see lots of recommendations for cold showers, i feel cold showers are amazing & have been taking them for years but the only effect on the keratosis was that it made the bumps harder. Im utterly convinced that enough fat, preferably animal fat, in the diet will cure it, let's see...

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:09 PM

Having a look at images on google it does look very similar to Keratosis Pilaris, at its worst it is exactly like that red chicken skin effect, but i also get a few large spot that don't look like any of those images. Maybe when i rubbed the frying pan fat on my thighs it was a synergy of internal/external fat that made it heal so fast. Thanks for the link & suggestion

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:19 PM

My lifelong keratosis pilaris totally disappeared over the 1st year of paleo, as did my (also lifelong) mild eczema. I can't say for sure what took care of it, but here are the possibilities:

  1. just from switching to a higher fat diet

  2. started eating avocado regularly (I usually eat 1/2 of one a day) even though I cut out most other sources of O6

  3. started using a gentle buf puf instead of my usual washcloth

  4. switched to shea and coconut oil based lotions (both from alaffia, though doubt brand makes a difference)

  5. higher intake of vitamin d

  6. regular winter use of fermented cod liver oil + butter oil (caps from Green Pastures) Both are supposed to help skin issues.

I take long hot showers, for what it's worth.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 17, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I like the shea based stuff as well. We use "Everyday Shea" for shampoo, soap, etc. Decent price, and works well.

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De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

on February 18, 2013
at 11:46 AM

I originally created this question and just created an account/replying so i have a ref of the topic to report back in a couple weeks. I got my hands greasy washing the frying pan this morning & rubbed it over the Keratosis and its helped it a lot again almost instantly, i really rubbed it in & as i was in the shower im sure some water gets sealed in aswell. I also rubbed some of the grease on my face & its an excellent moisturizer, i was cooking lamb steaks & bacon (in their own fat) the night before. Just rubbed greasy hands on myself, rinse with cold water, then towel dry. Smells quite a bit but really good moisturizer! I may try sourcing some scentless pig lard, if such a thing exists

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:44 PM

It is Keratosis Pilaris? Google it and see .. if so, there are several threads on here with ideas. One is using fats as a moisturizer. Another is to eliminate all soaps that have parabens in them. It's a tough nut to crack.

Here is one thread about using lard as a moisturizer: http://paleohacks.com/questions/115635/how-many-of-you-use-lard-on-your-skin-like-i-do#axzz2LAOHNcw5

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 17, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Im now pretty sure it is Keratosis Pilaris, i was already planning to try an elimination type diet, so im only going to eat animal products (eggs/fish/duck/lamb/beef/pork/butter) coconut oil & some green veggies for a few weeks. Having a search for Keratosis Pilaris on here i see lots of recommendations for cold showers, i feel cold showers are amazing & have been taking them for years but the only effect on the keratosis was that it made the bumps harder. Im utterly convinced that enough fat, preferably animal fat, in the diet will cure it, let's see...

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 17, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Post back and let us know... My son has it, and he def does not eat enough fat. Might be worth trying that with him.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 17, 2013
at 03:09 PM

Having a look at images on google it does look very similar to Keratosis Pilaris, at its worst it is exactly like that red chicken skin effect, but i also get a few large spot that don't look like any of those images. Maybe when i rubbed the frying pan fat on my thighs it was a synergy of internal/external fat that made it heal so fast. Thanks for the link & suggestion

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