Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reader Mail: Keratosis Pilaris Cured

This is a great mail from reader CS. She experienced a nasty skin condition for years (commonly known as 'chicken skin') which has been cured by removing Paraben body products from her life. Reader stories like this are important so that others can see the effect Parabens can have on the body. None of her doctors figured it out. You should always evaluate the products that you use when any kind of health problem arises.

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Paraben Free Princess,

I want to share a story with you because I hope it will help others. Paraben free products have completely cured my 8 year struggle with severe Keratosis Pilaris (KP) on my rear, legs, and arms. I first had KP after the birth of my son at age 36, and since then my rear has been riddled with itchy bumps and scabs from my picking. My rear looked like I had a bad case of chicken pox. I went to over 10 physicians, including allergists, and tried literally hundreds of products and prescription drugs. I went so far as to do microdermabrasion on my arms and rear. The eventual solution for me was paraben free products.

I decided, quite by accident, to use Burt's Bees volumizing shampoo and conditioner that is paraben free, hoping it would help me with some mild hair loss. Immediately--I mean the first day--my bumps were improved -- but not cured. I noticed the label said paraben, phthalate, and sulf free. So I thought, well, I'll try other similar products. So I tried Burt's Bees "Radiance" Body Wash and "Radiance" body lotion. Within 5 days, all bumps are gone. Now I have been researching about paraben and experimenting with other paraben free products, and I prefer Alba Very Emollient body lotion (paraben free) and the Radiance Burts Bees Body Wash.

I thought I had oily, acne prone skin, but now I am able to use paraben free cosmetics on my face and I have no break outs or bumps anywhere. The minute I use soaps with parabens I get the bumps back. This has changed my life dramatically. My husband is thrilled! My thinning hair is growing back. I now have my whole family, including my 9 year old, on paraben free soaps and lotions. My son also had bumps and breakouts and when I put him on paraben free soaps he clears up as well. The odd thing is that I had early stage breast cancer about three years ago (thank God for early detection), and I didn't know about paraben and its relationship to breast cancer! Now 3 years later I know that paraben skin products are not good for us breast cancer survivors.
Keep up your good work, Princess. I firmly believe a paraben free world is a healthier world! I also believe I'm doing the right thing for my son to keep him AWAY FROM PARABEN!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, I have KP on my legs and arms and didn't think there was ever going to be a solution! Can I get in contact with this reader to share what she is using for cosmetics?

    Thank you so much for your blog!!

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  2. I am a 22 year old female that had horrible KP on my face since puberty. After reading this post I decided to switch to paraben free soap. It's gone! I can not thank you enough!

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  3. THANKS FOR THIS POSTING you're awesome for sharing this information and i got rid of all my paraben products it was my lotion causing it!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this post! I too would like to get in contact with this lady to see what other products she is using. I have KP and so does my son. We recently switched to Burt's Bees and have seen a major difference in just a few days. THANK YOU!!! I threw away loads of Bath and Body Works lotions this week and I am still combing our house for anything with parabens in them. This blog is changing people's lives...thank you so much!

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  5. Three days ago I was at the dermatologists and was diagnosed with Keratosis Pilaris, I will definatley try the Burts Bees products soon! Thanks so much for the advice .

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