Jun
28

Keratosis Pilaris Home Remedy

keratosis-pilaris-home-remedyIf you’re suffering from keratosis pilaris, those unsightly red, raised bumps which seem to appear on the tops of your arms whenever your skin’s dry, you’ll probably want to know if there’s any home remedies for improving its appearance. While you can seek treatment from a doctor or your pharmacist, luckily there are several home remedies for keratosis pilaris, all of which cost very little, and which are very easy to administer.

As one of the most common skin conditions in the world, surprisingly dermatologists have failed to find a cure.  Caused by an over production of keratin, a creamy, white protein based substance, it’s characterised by red , white or flesh coloured spiky bumps, usually on the upper arms or legs, although it can appear virtually anywhere on the body. Dry conditions, and skin conditions such as eczema, can make it worse. Although the condition usually improves on its own accord, especially with age, there are several things you can do at home to improve its appearance.

The best methods to try are those which help to reduce the dryness of the skin. If you use soap, change it for a non-soap cleanser, as the alkalines in the soap tend to dry out the skin even more. When washing, incorporate some form of exfoliation into your routine, either by rubbing the affected areas with a rough wash cloth, or using a pumice stone to exfoliate the skin. If you do use this method, always be very careful not to rub too hard and remove too much skin.

Once the skin is clean you should apply moisturizing creams, especially those which contain exfoliating ingredients such as lactic acid, urea or salicylic acid. These will not only moisturize the skin, but also help to loosen the keratin plugs.  Some sufferers swear by the use of organic oils, such as coconut oil, as a home remedy for keratosis pilaris. Coconut oil, in particular,  not only has moisturizing properties but also contains anti-bacterial ingredients to fight any bacteria which may be present on the skin.

Dermatologists may also prescribe creams which contain retinol, a substance derived from vitamin A, which is known to be extremely effective in removing the top layers of skin, and thus loosening the keratin plugs. However, if you wish to stick to purely home remedies to treat your keratosis pilaris, then you need to establish a regular routine of exfoliation and moisturization.  It might also be a good idea to apply a little fake tanning lotion too, as all skin seems to look better with a tan.

Jun
26

How to get rid of keratosis pilaris

how-to-get-rid-of-keratosis-pilarisDo you have red, bumpy lumps on your upper arms?  Do you find that your legs come out in a rash when your skin is dry, or during the winter months? If so, it’s possible that you’re suffering from the skin condition, keratosis pilaris. While these rashes look unsightly, and can sometimes get inflamed or itch, the good news is that it’s relatively harmless. The bad news is, that there’s no known cure. However before you resign yourself to a lifetime of long sleeved shirts and full length pants, be assured that there’s plenty of things you can try to reduce the appearance of the spots, so if you want to know how to get rid of keratosis pilaris, read on.

Keratosis pilaris affects more than half of the adolescents around the world. Yet there is no definitive cure. It occurs when your body starts to produce an excess of the protein keratin, a creamy , white substance found in the tough, outer layer of your skin. This collects in the hair follicles to form a little plug, blocking the exit for the hairs developing in the follicle. These little plugs not only create raised, spiky bumps, but also affect the hair’s ability to grown normally. Often the hair will grow in a curled shape within the follicle itself, becoming inflamed and causing the skin around it to become red and angry.

Luckily there are several things you can do to improve the appearance of the skin. Firstly you should use non-soap based cleansers on your skin rather than soap, as this tends to dry the skin out, and make the bumps more obvious. Secondly you should take the time to moisturise any bumpy areas on a regular basis to keep the skin soft and supple. Creams containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea are often recommended, as these not only moisturise the skin, but contain natural exfoliants which will remove the top layers of skin, and loosen the keratin plugs. If you find that topical creams are not strong enough alone, use a rough wash cloth or pumice stone on the areas, but be careful not to rub too hard, especially if you’re using a pumice stone, as this can remove too much skin, and make the area very sensitive and sore.

If you find that your keratosis pilaris is causing you a lot of discomfort, a trip to your physician or a dermatologist may be the answer. They’ll be able to prescribe other treatments, such as retinol creams, chemical peels and dermabrasion which, while not specifically designed for treatment of this condition, have been known to improve it considerably.

Jun
24

Are the red bumps on legs keratosis pilaris?

red-bumps-on-legsIf you’ve got red bumps on your legs, and you’ve ruled out the usual suspects of heat rash or shaving rash, then it’s possible that you’re suffering from keratosis pilaris. While most sufferers experience rough, bumpy red skin on their upper arms, the legs – especially the upper thighs – are a common place to find this unsightly, but harmless skin condition. But how do you know for sure if the red bumps on your legs are keratosis pilaris?  Of course, you could just visit your physician and let them make the diagnosis, but there are certain indicators which suggest that your condition is indeed, keratosis pilaris.

Firstly, if one or both of your parents suffer, or have suffered in the past, from similar bumps and lumps, then it’s likely to be keratosis pilaris. This is because the condition is hereditary, and your chance of developing the skin condition is as high as one in two, even if only one parent was a sufferer.

Secondly, if you’re female, you’re more likely to suffer from the skin condition than males. Pregnancy has also been known to make the condition worse too.

Teenagers also seem to suffer more during this stage of their life, especially around the time of puberty. Even if you developed the condition as a child, you’re likely to see it worsen during your adolescent years. The good news is that it’s likely to get better as you get older, although some people still experience outbreaks of spots into their forties, and even right into their fifties. However, it’s very uncommon to find older sufferers, and tends to disappear completely once past your fifties.

If you’re of Celtic descent, especially if you have fair skin and light or reddish hair, you’ll probably find that you’re extremely susceptible to the appearance of red spots on your arms and legs. These often tend to improve during the summer, but get worse during winter months, or in dry conditions. Because of this, keeping the skin well moisturized at all times can be very helpful in reducing the occurrence of the spots.

If you suffer from red bumps on your legs, it’s highly likely that you’re also experiencing some keratosis pilaris on your upper arms and buttocks too. Whilst there is no known cure for the condition, as the bumps are hardened keratin which block the hair follicles, exfoliation and moisturising the area have been known to help.