Picture this. Eggs and bacon are sizzling in front of you. The aroma of your favorite butter coffee wafts cartoon-like from the mug all the way to your nose. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderation protein, high-fat diet with one goal—enhance ketone production. Typically the body is predesigned to run on glucose carbohydrates as its main energy source. In the standard Western Diet, about half of your macronutrients come from carbohydrates. But as you decrease carbohydrate intake, the body and brain must turn to alternate fuel sources. When compared to carbohydrates, our bodies store larger amounts of fat. So in order to provide our brains with fuel, we evolved to create ketones for fuel from the breakdown of fatty acids ketones cross the blood-brain barrier; fat does not. But when the body adapts to a low-carb diet, things can get tricky at first. The body responds to a series of changes to transition from using glucose carbs for energy to using ketones as fat.
Following a ketogenic diet can sometimes cause a red, itchy skin rash, which people commonly refer to as keto rash. The keto rash is distinctive as it forms network-like patterns across the skin. It usually affects the upper body. Researchers do not yet know exactly why a ketogenic diet causes skin inflammation, but they believe that this rash may have a link with ketosis. Several different treatments and lifestyle measures can provide symptom relief. In this article, we discuss keto rash in more detail, including its appearance and how to treat it. Keto rash is a rare form of dermatitis, or skin inflammation. It is an itchy and uncomfortable rash that develops on the upper body. A ketogenic diet is one possible cause of a keto rash.
Got a rash when you started keto? Or are you worried about getting one and not sure how to prevent it? Take a look at five things you ought to know, starting with The technical name for keto rash is prurigo pigmentosa, but call it PP for short. PP is a type of inflammatory skin disease. It causes red bumps, typically on the neck, chest, and back — sometime, the bumps fuse together into a bigger raised red area called a plaque. Not fun! This obviously applies to people on ketogenic diets, but it also covers people who do a lot of fasting and people with uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes. Some case reports have also found PP in patients who just lost too much weight, too fast.