Question: What is Keratosis pilaris?
Answer: It’s redness and bumpiness in the upper arms (sometimes cheeks or thighs) caused by clogged follicles. Often referred to as “chicken skin”, the patches of irritation are usually accompanied by rough texture and milia.
Keratosis pilaris is not well understood, but often genetic & tends to disappear after the age of 30.
Chemical and enzymatic exfoliantors help keep the follicles free of keratin and alleviate the rough feeling.
Creams derived from vitamin A (ie. topical retinol/retinoids) work by promoting cellular turnover and preventing clogged follicles.
These products can irritate and dry out the skin however, so adequate hydrating and moisturizing protocols are necessary as well as the daily use of sunscreen.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, your doctor may suggest delaying retinoids or choosing another treatment.
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If using vegan yogurt, find out if lactic acid bacteria was used in the making. Most commercially used lactic acid is fermented from carbohydrates such as cornstarch, potatoes or molasses and therefore is dairy-free. The lactic acid in yogurt helps break down keratin buildup.
Blueberries have a high concentration of salicylates (aka the salt of salicylic acid). Salicylic acid is widely used in topical acne products because of its ability to remove dead skin, open clogged pores and act against bacteria.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C – aka one of the most effective antioxidants, as well as alpha lipoic acid. Together, they not only protect skin from free radicals but help brighten it. Strawberries are powerful hydrators and skin-softeners as well. This could also be used as an exfoliating mask for acne-prone skin.
MORE HELPFUL TIPS:
1. Avoid hot water and stick to warm.
2. Limit bath or shower time to about 10 minutes or less. Hot water and long showers or baths strip oil from the skin.
3. Be gentle to the skin. Avoid harsh, drying soaps.
4. If choosing mechanical (aka manual) exfoliation to remove dead skin, go with a washcloth instead of a loofa. Vigorous scrubbing or removal of hair follicle plugs may irritate the skin and aggravate the condition.
5. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot the skin with a towel so that some moisture remains – before applying the moisturizer. Few times a week, you can apply a Retinol product first on dry skin and then follow with the moisturizer.
6. Choose a light moisturizer – ideally labeled non-comedogenic and/or in a gel-type formula. DO NOT SKIP MOISTURIZER!
7. Use a humidifier. Low humidity dries out the skin. Humidifiers will add moisture to the air inside your home.
8. A Protect affected skin from the friction caused by wearing tight clothes.
9. If at-home treatments still aren’t cutting it, make an appointment with your physician. A board-certified dermatologist can greatly reduce the appearance of KP with just a few in-office laser treatments, which help to exfoliate the deepest layers of the skin.
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