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    Talking Essential Fatty Acids and Keratosis

    I have been doing alot of research on trying to "cure" my Keratosis, I came across alot of reports about Essential Fatty Acids might be the link to getting rid or keeping Keratosis under control.

    Another immediate symptom of omega 3 deficiency is called keratosis pilaris. This condition makes the skin on your upper arms and legs have a perpetual state of goosebumps. This is caused by dead skin cells (sometimes caused by the dry skin due to omega 3 deficiency) clogging up your hair follicles and becoming keratinized. Although not serious, this illness can be prevented by getting enough omega 3, and is a precursor to more serious problems.

    A lack of essential fatty acids and B vitamins may lead to acne --- scientifically known as follicular hyperkeratosis --- which results from an overabundance of keratin in hair follicles. Research published in the May 1967 edition of the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," conducted by K. Seetharam Bhat, observed the effects of safflower oil and vitamin B complex on acne. Researchers report that acne can result from an essential fatty acid deficiency and that vitamin B complex may play a significant role in the origin and treatment of acne.

    I found evidence to support that Keratosis pilaris may be caused or exacerbated by a vitamin A deficiency.

    Sunbathing has been reputed to be a good treatment. This would lend support to a vitamin D deficiency which is actually the cause of a good number of other skin ailments.

    I've also seen evidence to support that skin clogging conditions such as these and fatty cysts often respond to an elimination of trans fats in the diet and an increase of omega 3s.

    A good solution for all three of the above problems could be solved by obtaining a good quality Cod Liver Oil supplement and avoiding all processed fats in the diet.

    With information like this, makes you truly think about what we put in my body. With all the foods we eat and what we drink that are so over processed and which contain ingredients we can hardly speak be the reason why so many people have disorders like Keratosis, ance, poor health simply due to what we put we eat/drink.

    Ever wondered why when people who go on diets/eat healthy, their skin becomes more clear, ance fade, maybe the answer to all of our search, be changing how we eat.

    Maybe the "cure" to Keratosis is a fix to a Essential Fatty Acids Deficiency we have.
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    Re: Essential Fatty Acids and Keratosis

    It's definitely a contributing factor. Essential fatty acids are 'essential' meaning we must eat it everyday! And many people do not do this for many reasons (vegan diet, dislike the taste of fish, laziness etc).

    Our skin is made up of oil and water, essential fatty acids play an important role in producing an important skin barrier function (the oil). They control certain enzymes in the skin called desquamating enzymes that regulate the sloughing of dead skin cells (the natural exofliation process).

    Beautiful skin is determined by our inner health, we must work with the function of the skin instead of the superficial surface that Dermatologists and Doctors focus on.

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    Hi guys,,,
    Yeah you said it right,Every living being required fat in certain amount.
    In general it is a rule of thumb that is to increase the amount of protein intake and decrease the amount of fat.

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    James,

    I'm glad you started this topic. Essential fatty acids are, well, essential.
    Good food sources: Almost all the polyunsaturated fat in the human diet is from EFA. Some of the food sources of ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp oil, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.
    From: Essential fatty acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Nigel, what is the source of "increase protein, decrease fat"? I have not read this anywhere.

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    Hi
    personally Im convinced that the solution for kp is something internal and I have heard about the benefits of omega3 for kp and skin problems a lot. So I recently started taking 3 doses of 1000mg of omega3 supplements per day. and yes I know I could be getting omega3 by eating more of the foods rich in it but this way is easier for me so this is how im gonna do it lol.
    Im going to try it out for 6-8 weeks to see if theres any improvement. Its been nearly 2 weeks so far and I havent seen a reduction in my kp but Im going to stick it out for the full duration of the test just to be thorough. Ill update on how it went at the end!

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    I appreciate this post. I absolutely believe that food is medicine. I also believe that even though I follow a healthy diet now, that past years of unhealthy eating will affect my bodies healing time. And though I see positive affects daily from my diet, I still have a long way to go. I look forward to the day my KP is gone and my skin is smooth again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kebod View Post
    James,

    I'm glad you started this topic. Essential fatty acids are, well, essential.
    Good food sources: Almost all the polyunsaturated fat in the human diet is from EFA. Some of the food sources of ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp oil, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.
    From: Essential fatty acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Nigel, what is the source of "increase protein, decrease fat"? I have not read this anywhere.

    kebod
    you are right, it is internal. KP is caused by keratin overgrowth, so just like many issues, it is an internal problem. Consequently, this means that applying topical creams or oils on your skin will only help you as long as you are using that regimen. You must find the problem at its source.

    Excess keratin production is caused by vitamin A deficiency. The reason for this is the lack of vitamin A forces your cells to store keratin protein. Of course you would have keratin in your body anyway, though this helps the overproduction

    KP is not as serious as vitamin A deficiency, if it is a long-term one. The deficiency can lead to blindness, as well, it lowers your immune system tremendously.

    As well, a omega-3 deficiency could also cause this keratin buildup. This is why cod-liver oil supplements are very important and helpful for getting the nutrients you need.
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    Just to update my previous post, after taking omega 3 supplements for around 3 months there was no difference to my kp whatsoever. Does it need to be taken for longer than this or in a higher concentration i dont know but gave up on it after 3 months.
    Perhaps as mentioned above its actually a vit A deficiency. Although i tried fresh carrot juice daily for a month and this also made no difference. Again perhaps a higher concentration or duration is required. There are too many factors and possible reasons its ridiculous lol. I may try taking vit A supplements instead for a while...
    Has anyone had luck with omega or vit A supplements ?

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    Re: Essential Fatty Acids and Keratosis

    Quote Originally Posted by Fajjy_792 View Post
    Has anyone had luck with omega or vit A supplements ?
    You may wish to use the Search function at the very top of the page. This forum has been around for some years so there are a LOT of posts and threads. I do recall that some people have had good results with Omega-3s and with vitamin A rich foods. To see how long it took and at what concentrations, please search for the posts. Also check the "What works for you" thread. good luck!
    - bd: 46 yo F; Dr. Woods Black Soap w/Shea Butter for facewash; Sea Salt + Epsom Salt scrub in shower; Cetaphil RestoraDerm unscented lotion, Alba Botanica Kona Coffee After-Sun lotion on face; reg. exercise; OilPulling; a basic multi-vite plus calcium/Vit D, o3s; eating GLUTEN-FREE DIET for Celiac Disease, and not much dairy as I get allergic reaction; Arms 99% clear, face neck chest 98%, legs 90% clear, butt is 99% clear. All dietary treatments above help reduce my sinus congestion and joint pain besides help my skin.

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