KP related to diet/lifestyle?

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    Hi everyone!
    KP has been a nuisance throughout my entire life. However, as I get older (I'm 27) it has just gotten worse and worse. It is now not only on my upper arms and upper legs, but also my lower legs. I have tried everything.... every lotion and scrub ever (AHAs, coconut oil, tea tree oil, retin-a micro, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, etc).
    It's really frustrating..... it makes me feel horrible about myself and prevents me from wearing clothes I want to wear.
    My question is: has anyone noticed KP to be related to diet or lifestyle? I noticed it was practically gone in college (maybe because I was in the sun more?).
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

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    Hi bern,

    im in similar situation. Im 25 and its getting worse... Just tell me what do you usually eat? I mean how looks your average week food compilation?

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    Hi Nahar,
    Thanks for you reply. I eat very well... I am a dietitian! I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, yogurt, soy milk, brown rice, quinoa, and oats. I avoid processed foods. I have read about kp being related to gluten and dairy. I do include dairy (just yogurt) and some gluten, unsure if that is the reason though? Have you noticed any difference in your kp due to diet? Have any products been helpful?
    Thanks!

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    Wow you eat quite healthy... Im used to eat lot of processed foods, so its different. Anyway last month I tried paleo diet - restricted dairy and gluten, but nothing happened after 40 days. So im not sure if it is connected... :/
    Now I want to try another diet, but when I see yours... I dont know what else can I try. How long are you eating like this? (I believe long time, but I want to be sure )

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    I have been eating like this for over 5 years. At this point I don't think diet can be related.
    It's also frustrating because I have tried probably over 15 products and nothing has helped!

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    You won't know if diet is related unless you eliminate dairy and gluten completely! You eat hardly any dairy but if you are allergic to it or if it is causing any problems you are still introducing the dairy into your diet so the casein proteins are still there to aggravate your intestines. Same with gluten, you have to be completely strict with no gluten at all if you want to see a change. Because if you are allergic, any amount will cause the villi in the small intestines to lay down and not absorb nutrients. Especially your fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamin a which is key for skin health. Also, 40 days is not long enough to expect results in your skin. It can take years for your stomach to heal from the damage these foods could be causing to you, with no contact with those foods whatsoever. I have a gluten allergy. I recently found out after feeling sick and doing research on it. When I first started eating gluten free I was extremely strict on it. I would google every product and make sure they were gluten free. If it wasn't guaranteed I would not eat it. Now, I have slacked off and although I don't eat the obvious foods with gluten in them like breads and pasta and stuff, if I want a protein bar and it says that it doesn't contain gluten but was processed in a factory that processes gluten, I will still eat it hoping it hasnt been contaminated. Well aparently that isn't good enough. Because when I was being extremely strict my kp was getting better. Slowly but surly. And when I started eating less strict it came back. Also, I tried 4 days dairy free too, JUST FOUR DAYS and it started clearing up.

    BUTTT I am vegetarian and gluten free already, so it is extremely hard to go vegan and gluten free.

    I may do it though because I was seeing results!

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