Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo’s Skin Care Center Shares Info About Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a harmless and fairly common genetic follicular skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin.” Worldwide up to 80% of adolescents and 50% of adults have KP. KP is caused by keratin buildup in hair follicles which causes white or red bumps that are reminiscent of acne. The areas that are most commonly affected are the thighs and the backs of the upper arms. While it’s completely harmless, most people with the condition are unhappy with the appearance of their skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure but there are a few ways to keep the bumps at bay. In this post, Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo will look at three ways you can treat your Keratis Pilaris.
- Stay moisturized
This is crucial! Moisturizing daily, especially after bathing or showering, is the absolute best way to treat keratosis pilaris. Also, during the winter when the air is particularly dry, it’s even more important to make sure your skin stays hydrated.
- Use products with urea, glycolic acid, or lactic acid
Over the counter products with these ingredients work to exfoliate and remove dead skin which makes the skin feel and look smoother even for those with KP. Regular, prolonged use can actually help to remove bumps caused by keratosis pilaris. When picking out body wash or soap, make sure they will not only cleanse your skin, but also moisturize.
- Talk to a dermatologist
If you are having no luck with these home remedies, it may be time to consult a dermatologist and find out if there are other options – this can include prescription retanoids or laser treatment.
At the Skin Care Center at Parkway Plastic Surgery in Kalamazoo, we have been treating and helping people with dermatological issues for a long time. If you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment, do not hesitate to contact us today!