In spite of gender everyone wants soft and flawless skin. Sadly, most people have no idea that there are several skin conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris that make this impossible. Often confused with acne KP is a completely harmless skin condition that leads to tiny and hard bumps that will make your skin feel almost like sandpaper. These be rumps are light coloured ad the y often appear on the buttocks, cheeks, thighs and upper arms. Sometimes the bumps are accompanied by mild swelling and redness. Although they rarely show up on the dace it varies from one person to another.
Statistics and medical evidence have ascertained that although unsightly and mildly itchy, these bumps caused by Keratosis Pilaris don’t hurt and they also do not get worse. Many teenagers and children get this skin condition and then it disappears as they get much older. Contrary to common misconception, there is no scientific evidence to ascertain whether this condition is genetic. Most doctors advocate for cleaning and exfoliating skin regularly and also keeping it moisturised.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris?
Unlike pimples that are caused by build up of oil in the skin pores, Keratosis Pilaris is caused by the build up of protein (Keratin). This is the protein that helps to protect your skin from any infection or bacteria. When it is in excess, it leads to build up that forms a plug that systematically blocks the opening of the hair follicle in the skin. The reason most doctors are still uncertain about KP is because there is still no clear reason to clarify why the Keratosis build up specifically triggers build up on the hair follicles.
What is certain is that people with extremely dry skin are more susceptible to Keratosis Polaris. It gets even worse if you dry skin during the winter months because the cold only makes your skin drier. When it is cold, there is more moisture in the air and this makes the blockage on the follicles worse which makes Keratosis Pilaris worse. Additionally, KP is also more common in people with other skin conditions such as Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema.
How is Keratosis Pilaris Diagnosed?
Pretty simple actually, this disease is diagnosed by the doctor simply taking a look at your skin. When you want a reliable diagnosis, it is best to seek the attention of a knowledgeable and experienced dermatologist because they will be able to distinguish it from any other skin conditions. The last thing anyone wants is to treat eczema when what they have is Keratosis Pilaris.
There is no test required to ascertain the Keratosis Pilaris diagnosis
This skin condition is largely considered a cosmetic issue since it has adverse effects on your skin or general health. Most doctors recommend simple natural remedies that do not expose your skin to more harm.
Here are a few effective home remedies that can help you deal with Keratosis Pilaris;
As mentioned earlier the red bumps are caused by build up of keratin, it therefore goes without saying that regular exfoliation can help to reduce the build up. For exfoliation to work, it must be regular and consistent so that build up is systematically removed. The reason exfoliation is so effective is that it helps to open the and also release the trapped hair follicles. Within a few weeks you will begin to notice some positive changes on your skin.
When exfoliation is done regularly, it goes a long way in maintaining the appearance and feel of skin. There are two ways exfoliation can be done; chemical peeling of the skin or alternatively mechanically peeling the skin. Mechanical peeling involves skin scrubbing which can be irritating and itchy. Chemical peeling is preferred over mechanical exfoliation because constant rubbing tends to dehydrate and also make the skin rougher.
Loofah or Sponge Scrub
Each time you take a shower, how about using a piece of natural loofah or sponge to gently rub down the areas that are affected with Keratosis Pilaris. Keep in mind that the keyword is here is GENTLE. Being too rough on your skin will not help with KP, it will further exacerbate the situation.
Rubbing vigorously or roughly will irritate the skin and also lead to inflammation of the follicles which only worsens the situation.
Oatmeal as a skin rub
All you need is two tablespoons of oatmeal and three table spoons of milk or water. Oatmeal is a great idea for KP because it is gentle and also moisturises the skin so that you don’t lose the natural moisture that keep your skin soft and supple.
What you eat will eventually reflect in how you look. Your skin will look good if you eat more fruits and vegetables.
Also drink consistently at least 2 liters a day to helps ensure that there is enough water to keep your skin moisturized.
What not to do if you have Keratosis Pilaris
If you have KP it is best to follow the following precautions:
- Avoid scratching the bumps or rubbing your skin roughly as this will only cause further irritations and swelling
- Shower using warm or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water as this only irritates the KP and likely to make the condition worse
- Moisturisers are your friend moisturise consistently and you will see a definite positive change on your skin
- Avoid skipping showers, if you have Keratosis Pilaris the worst thing you can do is skip showers as this will worsen the situation. When you shower, you are removing any accumulated dirt on your skin that can further block the skin and cause other skin conditions apart from KP
- Ensure that all the moisturizers you use don’t block your skin pores. Look out for the word non-codemic this means oil free and does not block pores which is what you need when you are already suffering from KP
Natural cures come in handy in relieving the symptoms of this condition. In this article we take a look at some of the natural treatments that are available to people with keratosis pilaris
This is done gently by sea salt so as not to irritate the skin and add to the problem even further.sea salt contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothes the skin, removes dead skin cells, and helps the skin in maintaining its level of moisture.To make your own scrub just at home, mix four teaspoons of raw honey with two teaspoons of salt. Apart from its moisturizing properties raw honey is a natural source of nutrients and acids that can boost the health of your skin. After making the scrub, evenly apply the mixture on your skin and rub it gently into the affected area. Let it stand for about 15 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.
Another alternative scrub can be made by mixing by sea salt, jojoba oil, honey, peppermint oil and coconut oil
Use mild soap
You should ensure that you use only natural, mild and nontoxic soaps so as to cleanse the sensitive areas without causing further redness and build up through irritation of the skin. The best soaps are those that are made with all natural, pure and ingredients that are free of chemicals. You can also make a good body wash by combining natural and beneficial ingredients like honey, castile soap, lavender oil, and jojoba oil. A good combination like this will help nourish your skin without worsening your keratosis pilaris by drying out your skin.
Your skin may have clogged pores and a lot of dead cells. Moving a natural bristle brush in long sweeping motions will help unclog your pores and remove dead cells. Remember to do this before wetting your skin.It’s also important to do it gently so that you don’t cause further inflammation and reddening of your skin. The point in doing all these is removing the dead skin and unclogging the plugged hair follicles that cause the rough, bumpy patches.
Once you have dry brushed your skin, take a shower and pat your skin until it’s dry. Apply natural oil to the whole of your body including the affected area.
Everyday its vital that you moisturize your skin with natural, non-irritating products. A combination of dry brushing and exfoliation and an avocado to the affected area will help in the reduction of inflammation and will also replenish hydration leaving the skin moisturized instead of dry.Additionally an avocado contains vitamin A which is important in treatment of keratosis pilaris because it reduce redness and supports skin cells.
Some other natural moisturizers include coconut oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera.one of the most effective tools to fight skin diseases is coconut oil. Apart from it having anti inflammatory properties it also helps in cleansing, moisturizing and healing the skin. After you shower remember to apply coconut to the whole of your body while the skin is damp. After this, air dry your or other use a clean towel to pat it dry.
Watch your diet
Diet is so important in treating most of the diseases. The idea is to eliminate foods that will worsen the situation and incorporate foods that will improve the condition. Eating anti inflammatory foods makes for a great idea because they help hydrate the body therefore relieving the symptoms. These kinds of food will supply the body with the essential vitamins and minerals for its skin growth and skin hydration.
Eat green leafy vegetables which are rich in antioxidants, beets which will help will help repair cells and berries that will help reduce swelling. It’s also advisable to eat lots of foods containing omega 3, like salmon fish because they are rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Also take a lot of water to help you with skin hydration. Another important approach is to remove any kinds of food that will worsen your condition. This condition is normally caused by food allergies. First of all remove dairy products from your diet. Casein a dairy protein is found in all dairy products. Since keratosis pilaris is caused by the body’s inability to process casein it’s really important to eliminate dairy products from your diet if you have this condition. Alternatively you can consume casein free high protein foods like collagen
Note that all animal products when eaten in excess could potentially cause this condition, so it’s important to also eliminate eggs from your diet, or any other animal product. You can do trial and error to see which foods are good for your condition and vice versa. You can single foods and remove them from your diet for at least six weeks and note any changes. Depending on the results, you can consider removing it completely or reducing its amount in your diet
Finally if you try any of the above techniques and your symptoms get worse, stop using the technique immediately. Different skins have different reactions to ingredients, so be always observant to the results that come out of a certain technique.