Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is not harmful but more of an aesthetic problem. For those who suffer from keratosis pilaris, you know it can make the skin feel like sandpaper which is why it was given the nickname “chicken skin”. Keratosis pilaris is most common in younger children and teens. However this skin condition can follow into adulthood. Open Door Med Spa will share what causes keratosis pilaris and the solution to this common skin condition.

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris develops due to a buildup of keratin. Keratin is a natural protein that helps to protect the skin from infections. When the keratin builds up, it forms a plug that will block the hair follicles. It is still a bit of a mystery as to what triggers the keratin to build up. Those who suffer from dry skin are prone to keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris seems to be worse in winter when there is less moisture in the air. Most people will notice keratosis pilaris will clear up during the summer.

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris

Symptoms of keratosis pilaris can vary but typically those with keratosis pilaris will have very rough and dry skin. Itchy goose like bumps will mask an area of the skin. Other than being itchy, keratosis pilaris isn’t a harmful skin condition. To know if you have keratosis pilaris, you may need to see a Dermatologist or your general care doctor. They both can perform a few basic tests to determine that you have keratosis pilaris.

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

There is no direct cure for keratosis pilaris. However, there are many different treatments you can do to help clear them up when keratosis pilaris first occurs. The most highly successful treatments for keratosis pilaris are:
Topical Exfoliants: A topical exfoliant helps to remove the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Dead skin cells can contribute to the buildup in the follicles. Additionally, when exfoliating the skin it helps to keep the skin more hydrated.
Topical Retinoids: A topical retinoid is a types of vitamin A that helps to keep the skin healthy and prevent the follicles from becoming clogged. Topical retinoids can cause some irritation to the skin and may cause the skin to peel. Much like exfoliating the skin, topical retinoids helps to remove dead skin and promotes moisture as well as healthy skin.
Laser Treatments: Laser treatments are often used to treat a number of different skin conditions. Laser treatments can help to remove inflammation and redness on the skin. It can also help unclog the hair follicles and promote healthier skin. After laser treatment, it is important to keep the keep moisturized.

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For those who suffer from keratosis pilaris it is important to know how to live with this condition. Since it cannot be prevented, you can treat it when it develops. When keratosis pilaris first occurs you must never scratch it or you can make the bumps worse and potentially leave scars. Use warm water to help soothe the itchiness. However, limit your time under hot water as it can make the skin dryer. Use soap or moisturizers with oil or fats to keep the skin better hydrated. When keratosis pilaris occurs, avoid wearing tight clothes or it can make keratosis pilaris more itchy. For those you need relief from keratosis pilaris come down to Open Door Med Spa. We sell SkinCeuticals advanced skin care products as well as provide laser treatments and skin classic treatments which includes keratosis pilaris. Contact us today!