Keritosis Pilaris is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. This skin problem, affecting 1 in 3 people around the world, may sound scary but thankfully, is harmless. Regardless, most people do not like the look and feel of this dry, bumpy skin problem, making it a concern for dermatologists everywhere.
Read on to learn more about Keratosis Pilaris and how to deal with it.
‘Keratosis’ literally means there is too much keratin in the skin which makes the outer layer of the skin extra bumpy. ‘Pilaris’ comes from the Latin word for hair, pilus. This skin problem is often described as horny plugs which block hair follicles on the upper and outer parts of the arms and thighs. It can extend all over the body and is time consuming to deal with.
Signs you may have Keratosis Pilaris include:
- Small to large acne-like bumps
- Painless, skin-colored to reddish bumps that are easily irritated
- Dry, rough patches
The bumps that come along with Keratosis Pilaris are typically small but very annoying. If squeezed, there is often a hard, white substance that comes out of the bumps. This substance is made of keratin protein that has gotten trapped in the hair follicles. The word “keratin” is the name for what hair, nails, and the top layer of skin are essentially made of.
The perk to having Keratosis Pilaris? Because you have extremely dry skin, your face is less prone to acne. Using a product like Concentrated Restorative Treatmentwill ensure that you keep moisture on your dry, already flawless looking face.
Keratosis pilaris is an inherited skin condition so chances are if you have it, so do the majority of your ancestors. This skin problem is dominant from generation to generation. Typically, there will be a 1 in 2 chance that each child of an affected parent will inherit the condition.
It is not an infectious disease but it is passed down through genetics. Sometimes it develops as a child, and other times it develops as young adult and becomes worse during the winter months.
This condition can be very annoying, particularly for women because it poses an esteem issue. When it’s hot outside, wearing sleeveless shirts, shorts and bathing suits can be uncomfortable, and you may just want to hide your skin from the world. Thankfully, this condition is not very noticeable to other people from a distance, but close up it is noticeable.
Also, because Keratosis Pilaris is a dry skin problem, it is imperative to deal with it to prevent wrinkles which can develop from dryness. An anti wrinkle treatment will contain ingredients perfect for dealing with Keratosis Pilaris.
Although there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, there is at least one anti wrinkle cream that will work to help lessen its appearance. Along with skincare, Perricone believes in nourishing from within. Not only must you take care of your skin from the outside, but also internally.
While creams contain ingredients to help deal with this dry skin problem, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water each day will also help your skin improve.
If you have Keratosis Pilaris, you already know this condition is a pain. It is recommended to use products with Retinol, Salicylic acid, and Lactic acid. Retinol helps stimulate cell turnover to create new cells and exfoliate the dead ones. Salicylic acid and Lactic acid are examples of effective ingredients for Keratosis Pilaris. Salycylic Acid is known for unclogging pores and clearing acne breakouts caused from keratin build up and other dead skin, and Lactic Acid helps slough off cells from skin surface and prevents dry skin.
Skin Clear Hydrator is a great product to use if you have Keratosis Pilaris as it encourages regeneration and renewal of skin’s appearance, giving it a smoother and healthy looking surface and help to reduce surface debris while relieving dryness and increasing skin’s natural moisture.
High Potency Evening Repair is another wonderful choice to protect severely dry skin. It boosts the rejuvenating powers of sleep with 400% more Alpha Lipoic Acid and 150% more DMAE than the original formulation and the highest levels of retinol available in over-the-counter cosmetics bringing your bright, hydrated skin.
Skin Clear Toner is another great product to add to your Keratosis Pilaris fighting regimen as it helps medicate your skin with Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate, refresh and calm skin without drying. It also contains Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, which cools inflamed skin and adds needed hydration.
Once you find something that works for you, stick with it, as consistency is key. If you still have not found a cream that works well with you skin, contact your dermatologist.