What is Keratosis Pilaris?

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Posted on 20 Aug, 2020

KP Skin Condition

Keratosis Polaris is often referred to as “KP” and is a follicular skin condition, much like eczema. In fact, many times KP appears in conjunction with eczema, or other skin conditions. KP is often described as looking like small, acne-like bumps that create rough patches on the skin.

People with Keratosis Pilaris tend to experience more problems during the winter when the air is usually drier. Many discover that KP lessens or disappears in the warmer seasons. This non-contagious skin condition is also known to flare up during hormonal changes like pregnancy for women, or puberty for teenagers.

Keratosis Pilaris Causes

Our bodies create a protein called keratin, which protects the skin from infections, and the like. When this protein builds up, it forms a plug blocking the individual hair follicles, but doctors can’t say what triggers the buildup.

KP Skin Bumps

Though there is no “cure” for keratosis pilaris, the combination of regular exfoliation and moisturizing can significantly reduce the appearance of KP bumps. Exfoliation is crucial to healthy, happy skin. There are two main types of exfoliation - mechanical and chemical.

Exfoliating these rough KP patches or skin bumps helps to dislodge the keratin plugs. Our KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub 10% AHA is a chemical peel and micro-dermabrasion body treatment in one designed to help those KP bumps disappear. This treatment sweeps away dry, rough bumps to reveal healthier-looking skin that feels exceptionally smooth. We use Glycolic and Lactic Acids at a combined level of 10% to help slough off the top layer of skin. While this chemical peel is happening, Pumice Buffing Beads perform the mechanical exfoliation that whisks it all away.

For even better results, follow up this exfoliation process with Ultra Repair Cream to keep skin soft and smooth. Customers rave about the silky, whipped texture of this skin-soothing, non-greasy moisturizer. Colloidal Oatmeal and Shea Butter are key ingredients in this popular and soothing face and body cream. Colloidal oatmeal is also an FDA approved skin protectant that relieves itching and irritation caused by eczema, KP, rashes and other skin conditions. In an individual clinical study 100% of the people surveyed stated that Ultra Repair Cream soothed, moisturized and conditioned their skin.

How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris

In addition to your KP skincare routine, there are some things you can do at home to lessen or alleviate some of the symptoms.

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t scratch your skin bumps or dry spots.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • Take cooler and/or shorter showers.
  • Wear loose clothing.

Keratosis Pilaris Home Remedy

Keeping the skin cool and moist is a common theme in many home hydration remedies. A keratosis pilaris treatment plan should include quality KP skincare, as well as some small lifestyle changes. Though there is no official “cure” for KP- it doesn’t have to keep you from living your best life.