What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common skin disorder affecting many people of all ages. KP is a benign condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a hard protein that protects your skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. KP creates a "goose bumps," "gooseflesh," or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. A majority of people with KP may be unaware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, KP is often cosmetically displeasing but medically completely harmless. KP is common in otherwise healthy people.
Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris
Microdermabrasion combined with any of these or a blend of these peels; AHA's, ex; glycolic (from sugar cane), lactic(from milk), or BHA ex; salicylic(from wintergreen leaves & willow bark) is a great way to control Keratosis Pilaris. This treatment is generally done once a month to keep the KP at bay. Sometimes less or more often depending on the severity of the KP. Either treatment can also be performed on it's own once a month to keep it under control, the peel being the better choice if choosing one or the other. SPF 30 or higher should be worn on a daily basis but is even more crucial after these treatments as your skin will be even more sensitive to the sun.
Mild cases of KP may be improved with basic over-the-counter moisturizers such as Cetaphil or Lubriderm lotions. The affected area should be washed once or twice a day with a gentle wash like Cetaphil or Dove. Lotions should be gently massaged into the affected area two to three times a day. Irritated or abraded skin should be treated only with bland moisturizers until the inflammation resolves.
Treatment for keratosis pilaris is ongoing – if discontinued, skin begins reforming around hair follicles. Maintenance is the best way to maintain silky smooth skin. Letting your keratosis pilaris show is unnecessary and so easy to control. Get ready for sleeveless fashion now and look your absolute best!