Treatment Tips for Keratosis Pilaris

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Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a hereditary skin condition that's commonly known as 'chicken skin'. KP can appear just about anywhere on your body but upper arms, back, buttocks and thighs are the most common areas where you can find this condition. It's characterized by small, red, flesh colored or pink skin bumps that are hard to the touch. Even though KP is harmless, most people try finding a remedy to deal with their skin bumps. Unfortunately, there aren't many treatment products available. But there are some natural remedies that can significantly improve the condition.

A buildup of keratin is what causes keratosis pilaris. Keratin is a hard protein that protects our skin from harmful substances and infections. The keratin in your skin starts forming a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. This hyperkeratinization is what causes those small skin bumps we know as keratosis pilaris. KP bumps are small and painless. They can make the skin have a sand-paper like texture which is the reason many want to treat this condition.

How To Treat KP

There are unfortunately no cures for keratosis pilaris, only treatments. Next are some really good tips to treat KP at home:

Exfoliating is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your skin smooth and bump-free. Make use of a loofah or rough cloth to gently exfoliate your skin while showering. Scrub gently and not too hard as that could make your condition worse. To make this remedy more effective, purchase a gentle scrub or a microdermabrasion cream that contains natural ingredients. The combination of using an abrading tool in addition to the natural ingredients will help make your skin smoother. Always use warm water to treat Keratosis pilaris. Hot water will only inflame and irritate your skin while cold water prevents follicles from opening and unclog.

Using a moisturizing cream daily is another really effective way to prevent keratosis pilaris, especially if you use products that contain willow bark extract and snail secretion. Willow bark extract can effectively unclog hard keratin plugs while snail secretion acts by deeply moisturizing and regenerating the skin. This combination of ingredients also prevents the production of excess keratin which will in essence prevent the formation of skin bumps.

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