“Within three months of starting a well-formulated ketogenic diet, all flares were gone!”

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Can a ketogenic diet alleviate some skin conditions, like acne and other similar conditions? It was the case for Sailor, who has not had flare ups of her Hidradenitis Suppurativa after becoming keto adapted.

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I suffered with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) for over 20 years. Essentially a network of boils in the sweat glands (for me, the arm pits) that don’t drain, last for months and form connection of a network of boils.

Within three months of starting a well-formulated ketogenic diet, all flares were gone! Yes gone! I have been free of hidradenitis suppurativa for over six months now.

I choose a high-fiber and low-carb ketogenic diet – tracking net carbs. I make sure I have lots of fiber-rich keto approved veggies and greens and keto-approved chia puddings and other foods where the carbs are essentially almost negated by fiber – as I count ‘net carbs’ using cronometer for free.

Some suffering with HS are offered surgery and told there is no cure. I started keto to manage my pre-diabetes and PCOS, and whilst both of these are now treated, eg. good blood sugar and regular period, the unexpected side-effect of keto has been to cure my previously thought to be incurable skin/endocrine/autoimmune disease hidradenitis suppurativa.

Try keto – what do you have to lose – think about it. What do you have to lose. Go keto. Fat is where it is at.



Fantastic, Sailor! We’re very glad to hear that a ketogenic diet has had such an amazing impact on your health.

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  1. Agnes
    Do you eat dairy?
  2. Kim Fales
    Hello, I came across your page while googling if there was a link between HS and a ketogenic diet. I've had HS for 14 years and it has always been linked to my menstrual cycle. Recently it got a lot worse, I had to go to the Dr. Around that time I began eating low carb to lose weight and realized I could try keto. Last month I had one cyst and it was pea sized. I know it's early to tell for sure but I'm thrilled to tears that this may be a solution.
  3. James Bader
    It's a solution, Kim. Stick with it. (No dairy in that Keto diet. )

    The American diet in some people causes autoimmune issues, and that's what HS is.

  4. Bernita
    Can PCOS patients have dairy?

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