Wednesday, March 13, 2013
5 Common Questions About Keratosis Pilaris
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that affects close to 40% of the adult population. This skin condition is characterized by rough patches of skin and small bumps on arms, thighs, chest, cheeks and buttocks that often resemble goose bumps. While this condition is hardly ever painful it can be very frustrating to treat.
What causes it?
Keratosis Pilaris occurs when there is a buildup of keratin under the skin. Keratin is a necessary, hard protein that protects your skin from infection and harmful substances. This buildup of Keratin can cause a plug to form which blocks the opening of the hair follicle causing a hard bump to form at the surface of the skin. What causes the build up of keratin is still unknown. Often times dry skin can make the symptoms worse but dry skin is not a proven cause of Keratosis Pilaris.
What are the symptoms?
There are three common types of Keratosis Pilaris. Keratosis pilaris rubra is characterized by red, inflamed bumps which can be on arms, head, legs. Keratosis pilaris alba’s symptoms include rough, bumpy skin with no irritation and keratosis pilaris rubra faceii involves a reddish rash on the cheeks. Occasionally these bumps can be itchy but are usually not painful. When the bumps become inflamed they can cause mild scarring.
Who does it effect?
Most cases of Keratosis Pilaris are found in young children or adolescents and many people have improved symptoms when they reach their 30s. It is more commonly seen in women than men and tends to become worse in dry climates.
How can it be treated?
While most symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris clear up on their own overtime there are things that can be done to help treat the symptoms. If you suffer from Keratosis Pilaris be sure to keep your skin moisturized and clean. After cleansing we suggest using a moisturizing product like Body Butter after gently patting your skin dry. Often times the symptoms are irritated by over-exfoliating or scrubbing in an effort to remove the plugs. This can cause the bumps to become inflamed which could lead to scarring. It’s important to use a product with lactic acid to help gently remove the keratin buildup.
glo therapeutics designed the new Therapeutic Body Exfoliant for those of you with Keratosis Pilaris in mind. The mild exfoliant contains Bamboo Stem Extract and hydroxy acids, which offer light-weight exfoliation that will help remove the buildup of keratin.