Dry skin on the keto diet

Dry skin on ketoWell then, I’m almost a month into a strict ketogenic diet and for the past week I’ve noticed that my skin is really dry. Some areas are really bad, like my upper arms, shoulders and chest. I’ve never really had an issue with dry skin so it must have something to do with ketosis. The funny thing is that I really don’t like lotions or creams, it’s almost a phobia, so I need to look into other options.

So, after worrying for an hour about me turning into a dragon (possibly just a lizard) I decided to do some research and see if there’s anything I can do about the dry skin issue.

My findings are as follow:

  • Drink more water – Ok, I’m guilty of not drinking enough so that could be my problem.
  • Eat more salt – Really? I feel like I’m eating tons of salt with all the cheese, bacon etc. But I suppose it’s possible I’m not retaining enough water so I´ll give it a try. For science. And more bacon!
  • Get more potassium. Ok, I already take a multi mineral supplement and try to eat potassium-rich foods like avocados. But I guess I can do better there. Potassium rich foods that are low carb friendly are for example: avocados, artichokes, almonds, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach and more.
  • There are other supplements recommended but I’m already taking a multi-vitamin and I don’t want to go overboard with supplements.

So there’s plenty of food options to choose from for fixing my dry skin. Even if I live on a devils islands near the north pole I can find some of these things. Yes, they´ll probably be frozen and expensive, but my skin and creeped out husband will thank me. I’m already dreaming of a seriously delicious brussels sprout/bacon dish I could eat every day. If it´ll stop me from turning into a reptile that’s just icing on the low carb cake. I´ll make a recipe post for you the next time I make it.

This is an old post, here’s an update! 


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