Keratosis Pilaris: Nothing to be ashamed of!
Dear Gorgeous Reader,
Keratosis Pilaris is a difficult word for a skin condition that affects no less than a quarter of the Dutch population. So it is so common that you wouldn’t actually call it a skin condition, but rather a skin type (such as dry, sensitive, normal, or oily skin).
KP is an inherited condition and is more common in people with allergies, eczema, and asthma.
Keratosis Pilaris is in fact a disturbance in the maturation of the horn cells in the hair follicles. The hairs do not grow out properly, causing small red bumps. KP mainly occurs on the upper arms and thighs, and in some cases also on the calves, forearms, buttocks, and cheeks. The skin often feels rough and itchy in those places. KP is not a serious condition, but bacteria can sometimes settle in poorly grown hair follicles, causing minor local infections and inflammation (pimples). This often happens when people try to squeeze their bumps. So don’t do it if you have KP! That just makes it worse.
Keratosis Pilaris develops at a young age and is in fact incurable. So you carry it with you all your life. If you assume that one in four people has KP, it is certainly not something to be ashamed of. Still, I imagine it is unpleasant to have, especially in the summer when you like to walk with bare arms and legs.
All tips at a glance:
Don’t be ashamed (no less than a quarter of the Dutch population has it)! Especially use a mild scrub (soap in organza bag). I imagine you think hard and coarse exfoliating is best to get those bumps off, but this just makes it worse. Don’t sit there picking it, stay away from it. Squeezing only makes it worse. Do not shower too hot! Showering too hot will dry out your skin, making the KP look worse. This also applies to shaving, if you shave the spots with KP it will also look worse. To make your Keratosis Pilaris look less noticeable, you should especially rub the spots well.
I also know that Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) and Fruit Enzymes work very well for Keratosis Pilaris skin. They remove dead skin cells in the stratum corneum, so they tackle the problem at the base.