What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is one of the leading skin conditions effecting today’s population. It has a genetic predisposition and is more recurrent in females than in males, so you can probably blame your mother for this doozy of a hand me down. You can characterize KP as rough, dry, red skin patches on the skin. The patches usually occur on the back of the arms, legs, thighs, and even the face. KP is also known as “chicken skin”.
What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?
A natural protein in the skin called keratin when produced excessively results in keratosis pilaris. The excessive keratin produced in the skin is cream colored, it is entrapped and surrounded in the hair follicles deep in the skins pores. This leads to “hyperkeratinization”, which forms hard plugs. The hard tiny bumps on the skin don’t produce any itchy or irritable sensations, just rough. This is usually due to lack of moisture in skin. It becomes more of a problem in the winter time, and this is attributed to the dry weather. In the summer, KP sufferers can catch a break, and head to the beach. The vitamin rich sun will penetrate your skin, dousing your KP with some much needed medicine rays. The salty water acts as a perfect exfoliant. After a long beach day your skin usually will feel anew.
Unfortunately KP cannot be cured, but it can be managed with an effective treatment that this article will lay out for you. It is very simple. The problem KP sufferers deal with are plugged ducts. So the solution is easy, unplug them. Before exfoliating with an apricot scrub, or moisturizing with the best lotion money can buy, you have to “drybrush”. Drybrushing is not a commonly used term, but it is practiced by non KP sufferes as well. What drybrushing does is unplug those pores so you have a fresh surface of skin to maintain with moisturizers and creams. It is by far the very most effective way to rid of these pesky bumps. I am myself a KP victim, and I have struggled with self esteem issues because of it for most of my life. I hid my arms in shame because of how ugly the KP made them look. Well I have been drybrushing for 2 years now, and my tube tops have not been happier to be out of the closet.
Four Easy Steps
Step 1: Go to your local health food store, or grocery store and find a quality natural bristle brush. It must be natural because synthetic fibers will scratch your skin. We are looking for a nice buff job, not so much a sanding job. The natural bristle brush ranges anywhere from 5 to 8 bucks.
Step 2: Before you shower stand in your tub, I do this because I know when drybrushing you loose vast amounts of dead skin cells. Even though you cannot see them, it still gives me the eeks. Standing in the tub makes for an easy clean up. Use the brush without water or soap, and brush your skin from toes to torso, and from fingers to face in circular motions. You can add pressure while you scrub to the rough ‘n’ tough areas.
Step 3: Shower as you would, and try to use a moisturizing body wash. My personal preference is Nivea Touch of Serenity. It leaves my skin velvety soft, and the hibiscus blossom sent is so fresh and pampering. Any body soap will do of course. Just always keep in mind that Keratosis Pilaris needs to be well moisturized in order to keep it from becoming rough and red.
Step 4: Repeat these steps everyday. You will notice a dramatic change in the appearance of you KP problem areas. After a few weeks, if you continue this regimine, you will discover a brand new you! A KP FREE you! An I can wear a sexy…anything you!