Keto (low carb, high fat) and dry, itchy skin – update!

Keto and artificial sweeteners



This is a follow up to my previous post on keto and dry skin.

A few months ago my husband (a fellow ketoer) developed a rash on his stomach and it itched like crazy. His doctor was completely stumped and suggested a rare type of psoriasis. Well, it turned out to be an allergy to certain types of artificial sugars, mainly aspartame and acesulfame-k. We haven’t confirmed it with tests but it’s been gone now for a few months after he stopped eating artificial sugar and if he consumes it the rash returns, so it’s pretty obvious. We ruled out other stuff like the food coloring and other things in the foods he was eating.

But anyway, the first post I made about keto (lchf) and dry skin said that I had dry skin on my upper arms after starting on keto. That eventually moved to the lower part of my legs and started itching. I’ve tried all sorts of creams and stuff that didn’t help, but when I quit drinking a certain type of sugar free energy drink I’d been hooked on, it went away! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve now started drinking it again and the itching has started. If I drink more than two a day it’s almost unbearable, but if I drink only one it’s ok. I can feel it but my caffeine addiction is stronger 🙂

I’ve had some people ask about the dry skin issue and this is all I have folks, for me and my husband it’s the damn artificial sugar! 🙁 So if you started low carbing recently and developed dry skin, a rash or have some itching, try cutting out the sweeteners for a couple of weeks and see if it helps.


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