Is there a non-topical cure?
Posted 05 November 2004 - 11:51 PM
Clearly this is a genetic thing because my father had it and my daughter (11) is getting it. Anyone else got this? What do you do?
Posted 06 November 2004 - 12:36 AM
The standard treatments for KP are topical usually strong ahas or bhas. In theory bhas should be more effective as they are lipid soluble and able to enter the pore more effectively than ahas. Here is a link to the dermstore product range...
Non topical treatments which may have some effect are accutane. I doubt oral antibiotics would help since there is no bacteria present in non inflammed clogged pores. But depending on where you live you may be able to get topicals at a discounted rate through you derm.
Anyway I am just guessing - you need a professional diagnosis if you haven't got one already.
Posted 06 November 2004 - 12:42 AM
Yet, it could also be some sort of rash. Candida comes to mind as well as maybe some rash due to a food allergy.
If it's candida, you've gotta go on a really strict diet avoiding sugars, and certain carbohydrates in order to starve the yeast. If it's just an allergy or intolerance, then all you have to do is avoid that particular food (group). If you read around some, you'll find several of us that managed to vastly improve or even cure our acneic condition (& assoc. health/hormonal problems) by altering our diet. Some of the most common allergens that some of us had to give up was Dairy, Wheat/Gluten, and some people even nuts. I was reading the Keratosis board and it seems that the same goes for this condition too. One thought is that you may want to give up Trans Fats. Personally this contributes to my dandruff and it enlarges my pores, & unwanted hair growth, so it MAY even manage to clog pores for those susceptible.
I'm sure there's supplements, I read something on Vitamin A deficiency, but as the most common external treatments are exfoilants, you would want to use supplements that would encourage exfoilation as well. Those would be Selenium, NAC, Pycnogenol, Folic Acid, actually most B vitamins...I'm sure there's more but I'm getting a bit sleepy. Anyway, does any of the above sound like you?
P.S. There's also anti-inflammatories such boswellic acid (internal or external) that may also help.
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