Using TrueLipids to Heal Keratosis Pilaris

A common disorder of the skin, keratosis pilaris (KP) is characterized by rough epidermal regions and patches of small acne-like bumps that typically appear on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks. These bumps can be white, tan, or red in color. The condition is caused by the keratinization (or cellular “hardening”) of the skin’s hair follicles.

Calm Inflammation, Smooth Skin


Although its poses no serious medical threat, KP is often considered cosmetically displeasing. The disorder can affect people of all ages, but most patients find that the major symptoms of KP disappear completely by age 30.

Apart from the noticeable roughness and bumps, eruptions of KP are usually completely asymptomatic. During particularly violent outbreaks, many KP sufferers report persistent itching in the affected area. Doctors typically identify KP in patients who complain of the appearance of “gooseflesh,” “goose bumps,” or “chicken skin” on various body parts.

Because the general public is unaware of KP as a medical condition, many individuals are diagnosed with the condition when visiting dermatologists and other medical professionals for unrelated skin conditions. KP is often seen in patients with other epidermal disorders such as dry skin and eczema.


Recommended Regimen
Apply a layer of TrueLipids® TrueTherapy Ceramide+ Cream™ twice a day.
If the area is itchy and inflamed in addition to being red and bumpy, consider using TrueLipids® Eczema Experts 1% Hydrocortisone Cream twice a day until the itching and inflammation subside. Then switch back to Ceramide+ Cream™.

Use of the TrueCider Serum (sold separately) is also recommend to help reduce the appearance of the bumps.

Healthy Skin Secret 1: pH Balance

We discovered that healthy skin has a pH that is moderately acidic— between 4.6 - 5.6. This moderately acidic pH naturally protects your skin against harmful bacteria and viruses and supports a healthy skin barrier that keeps moisture in and other harmful elements out.

However, when you wash your skin with traditional soaps, you scrub away the skin’s natural acidity and make it alkaline. Even using pure water washes away your skin’s natural acids. Most lotions and moisture replacement therapies are very alkaline too, which makes the problem worse.

Our research showed that helping the skin regain its natural acidic pH was critical to treating the worst skin condition.

Healthy Skin Secret 2: Lipid Replacement

Healthy skin has a delicate balance of ceramides, very long chain fatty acids, cholesterol and cholesterol esters. Too much of one or the other is what leads to multiple skin diseases. Too little of these important lipids and your skin dries out and cracks.

Many of the treatments recommended by doctors today are made with just one of these critical ingredients, like cholesterol. But if you put cholesterol on your skin without the balance of other lipids, the result is eczema, increased wrinkles, and dried-out, rashy skin.

Our research made it clear that replacing the right lipids in the right combination is a vital step toward healthier skin.

Healthy Skin Secret 3: Anti-inflammatory ingredients that help restore the skin barrier

Certain anti-inflammatory agents play a significant role in restoring a healthy skin barrier. The ingredient that is most helpful is called 18 ß-glycyrrhetinic acid. Despite its scientific sounding name, this compound is derived from licorice and has significant anti- inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and DNA reparative qualities.

Scientists who have worked with 18 ß-glycyrrhetinic acid have noted that it fights staphylococcal and MRSA infections as well as viral infections like RSV and Candida. All three of these healthy skin secrets play an important role in relieving painful, dry, itchy red skin conditions. When you combine them together in the right concentrations, what you get is a powerful skin care product that helps support and restore healthy skin.

Niacinamide and The Super Vitamin for Skin

With countless research studies showing effectiveness in eczema, acne and rosacea, niacinamide also packs an amazing anti-inflammatory punch. Niacinamide also has DNA-reparative functionalities that are perfect for damaged, inflamed and infected skin. The TrueLipids combination of niacinamide and 18 ß-glycyrrhetinic acid is incredibly soothing to your skin.

Introducing TrueLipids®, the skin care products that return itchy, dry, red, flaky skin back to health

TrueLipids restores the skin’s natural acidic pH balance with a patent-pending mix of healthy skin supporting nutrients called pH-Protect™. Made with Polyhydroxy Acid which doesn’t crystalize and irritate skin like citric or lactic acid, it locks moisture deep into the skin so it stays naturally hydrated. It is also an anti-oxidant which improves the skin’s appearance and prevents irritation.

Your skin barrier is made up of an exact combination of skin barrier lipids: 47% ceramides, 11% free fatty acids, 24% cholesterol and 18% cholesterol esters. TrueLipids is the only product to address the exact natural skin barrier lipid balance that research has shown keeps skin healthy. Isostearyl isostearate, another powerful lipid that has been shown to protect your skin’s natural moisture levels, is also included. TrueLipids is made with LipidRelease™ technology that uses polyglyceryl fatty acid esters to moisturize and deliver lipids into skin over time—without surfactants like ammonium salt, which can crystalize and irritate skin.

Tested, Measured Results

We tested the TrueLipids products with 25 children aged 6 months to 18 years, applying the products twice daily for two weeks. The results were excellent. Physicians who participated in the test noted an:

  • 87% improvement in desquamation (a measure of the skin’s scaliness)
  • 86% improvement in dryness and redness
  • 85% improvement in irritation

To make sure that TrueLipids delivered on its promise, we conducted repeat insult patch testing on 200 people to ensure that these formulas are as gentle on the skin as expected. We saw zero allergic reactions and zero irritant reactions.

Free of 88 of the Most Common Allergens

Perhaps most important of all, TrueLipids is made without any of the 88 top allergens commonly found in other skincare products—things like bees wax, parabens, PEGs, fragrances, dyes and 83 other potentially allergenic ingredients. TrueLipids is truly allergen free.

Compared to Others

What’s more we also conducted a TEWL inhibition analysis (that’s a measure of how well TrueLipids prevents skin from drying out) and found it performed with flying colors!

In a double blinded patient preference study, patients preferred TrueLipids to Aquaphor®. TrueLipids was also less greasy and leaves the skin feeling more natural than Aquaphor®.

About Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD

Inventor of the TrueLipids® Technology.
Board-Certified Dermatologist America’s Number One Eczema Expert

I have spent my entire career focused upon the treatment of eczema. While working as a clinical research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I treated patients from all over the world with the worst cases of eczema. I found that there were no effective solutions for my patients and so I set out to create a REAL solution for the treatment of eczema. After almost FIVE years of trial and error, TrueLipids was born! We found a solution that works in almost every case. Our team is the most highly-trained group of experts in the treatment of eczema. You can be rest assured that we can help you or your child find calm, soft, smooth skin.