What do you know about Keratosis Pilaris? AKA CHICKEN SKIN!
Keratosis Pilaris usually comes in a clusters of small bumps on the skin, usually on appearing on the back of the upper arms, thighs, and butt, this is a condition that affects as many as 40 percent of adults women.
Keratosis Pilaris is caused by keratin building up in the hair follicle, forming a plug of Keratin (Keratin is a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair). Know one seems to know why it happens. Unfortunately, Keratosis Pilaris can flair up even more when your skin is dry, so ladies when you treat it like acne by rubbing it with salicylic acid or exfoliating products can actually make it worse.
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- Use a moisturizer that contains lactic acid . Research has proven that Lactic acid helps break up the keratin that clogs up hair follicles, leaving those unsightly bumps.
- Amlactin and Lac-Hydrin are two brands that can be purchased without a prescription.
- Find a moisturizer that uses glycolic acid. This helps to dissolve the dead skin and buildup in the hair follicles
- If you are unable to purchase a specialized brand of moisturizer for your bumps, look for mild lotions advertised for sensitive skin. Some ingredients in regular lotions can worsen your keratosis pilaris.
2) Use an exfoliant. Use an exfoliant. Although softening skin is the best way to reduce keratosis pilaris, rubbing off some of the dead skin and buildup can help to improve the condition. Avoid anything too abrasive though, as this can cause damage to your skin in the long run.
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3) Treating Skin Indirectly: Take oatmeal baths. They will smooth and hydrate itchy skin. Do this at least once a week for maximum benefit.
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4) Try a humidifier. If you live in a dry area, your skin will be extra sensitive, and a humidifier can help. By adding moisture to the air, a humidifier can help your skin to stay soft.
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5) Avoid too much hot water. Taking extremely hot baths or showers can scald the skin and dry it out. When possible take warm or cool baths and showers to lessen the effect of the heat on your skin.
6) Get a little sun. Keratosis pilaris is typically less noticeable in the summer, which may have ties to being in the sun. Spend a little time outdoors in the sun, I don’t mean sit out and bake! just get some sunlight to get the hormonal boost the sun provides while aiding your skin in clearing out dead cells.
7) Get a prescription. Take a visit to your dermatologist to get a prescription for medication which may help your case. Your doctor may prescribe you a pill, oil, or cream, but each should make a difference in improving your skin.
[spoiler title=”Disclaimer” open=”yes” style=”simple”]** Please understand that I am not a Doctor nor am I issuing you any medical advice. Everything that I have written comes from research I have found in books and the internet.*** [/spoiler]