Want to know what is Keratosis pilaris? Among every most popular benign conditions, it deforms skin, making you lose that glowing body beauty. It is characterized by a number of red bumps that are rough as well as small in size.
These bumps forms a colony or goosebumps or chicken bumps/chicken flesh around right and left upper arms, cheeks, legs, neck, and buttocks. It usually surround the air follicles.
Although experts are yet to confirm if Keratosis pilaris is harmful or not, nevertheless it is known to be cosmetically displeasing.
Facts of Keratosis pilaris, let’s explore
Before delving into how to treat Keratosis pilaris, these are things you should know about it;
- It is a common benign condition affecting adults and children
- It creates rough round bumps, usually red, around hair follicles on buttocks, arms, cheeks and thighs
- It causes goose flesh, chicken skin, or goose bumps appearance
- It is inheritable through some genetic factors
- Common in patients with atopic dermatitis and those with dry skin
- Requires regular maintenance therapy
- Keratosis pilaris can be treated but no permanent cure had been found for it.
What are the causes of keratosis pilaris?
Presently, there are two major factors know to cause keratosis pilaris, which are; some genetic predisposition and hyperkeratinization. Let me start with hyperkeratinization. Hyperkeratinization simply means an overproduction of keratin by some body parts, which leads to the formation of rough bumps. Another is genetic factors; some genetic factors which are yet to be confirmed are said to be responsible for this benign condition, according to experts.
When keratin build up in the dermis, below the body surface, it forms a mass that blocks our hair follicles, preventing outflow of sweat. Though keratin is a natural substance formed from the food we eat, it function as a skin protector by fighting against germs and bacterial, but too much of anything is bad.
You are more closer to having keratosis if your skin is always dry. The skin condition is rampant during dry season like summer, but doesn’t really occur during winter or spring. How then can you know you have Keratosis pilaris? See below.
Signs and symptoms of Keratosis pilaris
People with Keratosis pilaris often complain of slight itchiness accompanied by irritation, this itchiness push some to scratching the affected part which further leads to bleading and exposure to contamination. More symptoms of Keratosis Polaris include an appearance of red bumps, these red bumps which are red and rough can form a group of fifteen to hundreds on a thigh, arms and at times on cheeks.
Mostly, beneath each bumps is strand of coiled hair which can make a fair skin look dark. Accompanying those red bumps are other light-red halo spots. When you notice an area that similar to a fine sandpaper on your arm, know you have Keratosis pilaris. Lastly, makeovers get to flakeoff when applied to the affected cheeks which appear flushed, pink, or redded, crowded with tiny bumps.
Noticed any of those signs on your body? Let me tell you things you shouldn’t do as a Keratosis pilaris patient, and what you should do.
Do’s of Keratosis pilaris
- Use mild antiseptic soaps instead of those with high chlorine concentration
- When bathing, rub the affected area gently to prevent bleeding due to scrubbing.
- Keep skin moisturized always especially the dry season
- Apply special cream containing ingredients like; glycolic acid, urix 40, and salex.
Don’ts of Keratosis pilaris
- Never scratch the affected part
- Quit using harsh soaps
- Stay away from bleaching creams
- Do not scrub with hard sponge
- Stay away from heat
- Don’t cover those on cheeks with makeover
- Never apply skin toner
Natural effective treatments for Keratosis pilaris
Do you want to get rid of Keratosis pilaris fast? Below are top treatments for Keratosis pilaris according to medical experts:
Omega 3 food: As a victim, it is important to eat omega 3 foods. Omega 3 is an important nutrient for healthy and radiant skin. Apart from moisturizing the skin, omega 3 is powerful against inflammatory diseases and other sickness. Foods like; salmon, walnuts, tuna, sardine, soybeans, flaxseeds contain about 45% omega 3. Leafy greens also contain about 25% omega 3, so adding it to your diet could be your greatest step toward getting your skin free from rashes, acne, and other inflammatory skin diseases.
Adopt fragrance-free skincare products: Every achievement requires sacrifice. If you are someone who can’t do without body spray, perfumes, and other fragrance products, you will have to keep them away till those embarrassing red bumps stop haunting your skin, casting a dark shadow on your glowing skin. Experts said that fragrance come with some certain chemicals that will not only increase the number of spots on your skin, but also spread them from parts to parts. Some chemicals, when in contact with exposed surface of the affected part, can lead to skin cancer.
Use honey: Honey is world most important ingredient. Annually, about 3.4 billion barrels of honey are used in the medical sectors. The healthcare and skincare industry can’t do without honey, as most of the skincare products constitutes a large percentage of honey. Honey is also consumed as a food, it is a better option for sugar. Almost all diabetes types, especially patients with type A diabetes are advised to take honey regularly. Honey is also used for treating wounds and inflammations. Do you know that honey is the best treatment for Keratosis pilaris? All you need do is rinse the surface with clean water after washing with soap, then apply honey clean cotton wool twice a day to have your glowing skin back.
Chemical exfoliants: With a regular application of exfoliants, you will be speeding up the process of healing Keratosis pilaris. Chemical exfoliants have glycolic acid and also salicylic acid that can quickly work on clogged follicles. They will remove the overproduced keratin covering acting as blockage to skin-pores and allow easy absorption of moisturizers.
Vinegar: I can never overemphasis how bad chicken skin is. Yes it is just a condition, but what kind of condition take away ones beauty? Vinegar is also a remedy for Keratosis pilaris. It expands the pores, making those clogs of keratin to fall off quickly and ultimately bring an end to your nightmare.