Rough, bumpy skin on arms – Keratosis Pilaris

Do you suffer from Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris a common skin condition that affects close to 40% of the adult population. Rough patches of skin and small bumps on arms, thighs, chest, cheeks and buttocks often resemble goose bumps characterize this skin condition. It is extremely frustrating to treat and young girls are so embarrassed by their condition that they often wear clothes that hide the condition as to avoid being seen.

The cause?

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 time’s dry skin can make the symptoms worse but dry skin is not a proven cause of Keratosis Pilaris.

Why us?

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?

Most symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris clear up on their own overtime although there are things that can be done to help treat the symptoms.

Therapeutic Body Exfoliant and Therapeutic Body Cream contain Bamboo Stem Extract and hydroxy acids, which offer lightweight exfoliation that will help remove the buildup of keratin and soften the appearance of discolored textured areas and reduce redness.Over-exfoliating or scrubbing in an effort to remove the plugs can make it worse. This can cause the bumps to become inflamed which could lead to scarring.

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