If you’ve noticed pigmented, painless, tiny bumps on your upper arms, thighs, and even cheeks, you might have keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition caused by over-production of keratin by the skin and build up of dead skin cells, resulting in blockage of hair follicles. The first signs of keratosis pilaris usually arise in early childhood and tends to improve with age, affecting about 50-80% of adolescents and 40% of adults. All races and sexes are affected, but it most commonly occurs in women. This condition tends to worsen with seasonal changes, where drier, lower humidity weather, can cause dry skin. Though keratosis pilaris is harmless and doesn’t usually require treatment, some might seek options for improvement of the appearance of the skin.
Most skincare providers will recommend a combination of the following treatment options for your keratosis pilaris.
Moisturizing is the easiest step to add to your skincare routine. Most moisturizers contain urea and are ideal for treating skin dryness. Moisturizers should be applied 5 minutes after every shower in order to be massaged in while the skin is still damp. For best results, areas with keratosis pilaris should be moisturized 2-3 daily.
- 2. Glycolic acid
Another option for clearing build-up from skin follicles and hydrating skin is to use a medicinal cream prescribed by your skincare provider. These creams, like the KD Smooth As Silk Glycolic-Urea 15-15 Cream, have a unique combination of 15% urea and 15% glycolic acid, to provide moisture deep within the dermis and remove dead, dry skin.
- Getting rid of the dead skin build up in your hair follicles by exfoliating can improve the texture of your skin. This can be done by gently cleansing the skin in the shower with a loofah and exfoliating body scrub.
4. Skin peels
If all else fails, skin peels can be an option to improve the appearance of your skin. These treatments help to reduce swelling and redness, clean out hair follicles, and can even diminish brown spots and discoloration left behind by old bumps from keratosis pilaris.
With treatment of keratosis pilaris, patience is key. Clearing of the skin takes time and requires consistent management. It is important to remember that keratosis pilaris cannot be cured but does gradually fade with age. Be persistent and patient to get the hydrated, smooth skin you’ve always wanted!