Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common skin condition where proteins in the skin (keratin) block hair follicles. This problem is typically associated with people who have dry skin or eczema and runs is hereditary.
While you may not be able to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris, because it tends to come back and only gets better during the times it’s treated; there are still things you can do to make the appearance of this condition better so you can feel more confident.
Keratosis Pilaris can happen just about anywhere on the body, but is most common on the thighs and upper arms (most commonly on the outermost part of the arm, not underneath).
People with Keratosis Pilaris have sand-like bumps that are rough and protrude from the skin; similar to a tiny zit. Typically, the bumps are pink and irritated; but they do not have to be.
If you were to rub your hand over them, they would feel similar to sandpaper instead of feeling like soft skin. Your doctor will be able to take one look at your skin and know what they are dealing with. This condition doesn’t usually require testing to be done.
Most the time, you cannot get rid of Keratosis Pilaris but it usually gets better with age. You can use moisturizers and exfoliate the skin in order to keep the appearance of the skin more natural. Exfoliating is always a good idea, and soaking in the bath can help open up your pores and clean out the hair follicles.
Remember, this isn’t going to cure the problem but your skin will look better. Adding baking soda to your bath will help open up your pores and soften your outbreak areas. When using soap to clean these infected areas, you should opt for something with moisturizing and/or healing properties.<
There are creams on the market that some individuals swear by, but it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before trying anything and always start using the products on a small area to see if you have some sort of reaction to them. Medications that have urea, salicylic acid, vitamin D and lactic acid work great for this condition.
Treatment does not come easy with this skin condition. Depending on the severity, your skin may take months to improve. Many people with Keratosis Pilaris become depressed and if this sounds like you; don’t wait any longer and speak up. You are not alone.