Keratosis Pilaris: A “Bumpy” Overview

Keratosis Pilaris: A “Bumpy” Overview

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common, yet harmless, skin condition. It consists of tiny, rough and dry bumps typically located on the arms, legs or buttock. KP develops when dead skin cells clog the hair follicles or pores. Due to the harmless and non contagious qualities, KP is not required to be treated. However, the appearance of this skin condition is what causes most people to search for the best treatment option. Many people refer to this as chicken skin or mistake them for small pimples. People of all ages and skin types can develop this skin condition, however, it is commonly seen in earlier stages of life and gradually disappears in the mid twenties. You are more likely to develop KP if you are genetically related to someone who developed KP, have been diagnosed with asthma or eczema, or someone that has very dry skin. If you experience KP, below are the most effective treatment options.

There are three types of products that can help improve the skin texture, decrease dryness, and reduce the buildup of dead skin cells. 

  1. Exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and helps improve the skin texture. Avoid excessive scrubbing of the skin as this will cause additional irritation.
    1. Physical Exfoliation
    2. Chemical Exfoliation

*TIP: Apple Cider Vinegar is a cheaper alternative that contains an alpha hydoxy acid that naturally exfoliates the skin. Mix an equal amount with water and apply to the affected area.

  1. Moisturization helps to soothe the dry and itchy feeling of KP. The best time to apply a moisturizer is within minutes after bathing, while the skin is still damp.
Recommendation: Healer Balm
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