Prevention of keratosis pilaris, a skin disorder in winter

By: Devon Andre | Skin Health | Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 03:05 PM

Prevention of keratosis pilaris, a skin disorder in winterKeratosis pilaris is a skin disorder most common in the winter time. Keratosis appears as gooseflesh, goose bumps or chicken skin, causing small areas on the skin to become rough, red, and have tiny bumps. Although there is no cure for keratosis, it may become less visible over time. With the help of ongoing therapy, keratosis can become less noticeable.

Keratosis pilaris causes

Keratosis pilaris is commonly seen to run in families (hereditary), but it is caused by a build-up of keratin, which is a hard protein intended to protect the skin. Keratin forms under the skin, blocking the opening of the hair follicle. When the hair follicle becomes plugged it leads to tiny rough patches on the skin.

It is unknown as to why keratin builds up, but some believe it may be due to genetic disorders or other skin conditions. Furthermore, cold weather and dry skin can worsen the condition.

Keratosis pilaris symptoms

Symptoms of keratosis include tiny bumps along the skin, rough skin, dry and itchy skin, and skin that worsens in the wintertime.

Keratosis pilaris treatment and home remedies

Keratosis pilaris treatment and home remediesAlthough there is no cure, there are many treatments available to relieve the itchiness and appearance of keratosis. Treatments for keratosis pilaris include:

  • Topical exfoliants
  • Topical retinoids
  • Laser therapy

Keratosis pilaris home remedies include:

  • Not vigorously scrubbing the skin
  • Drying off gently after a shower or swimming
  • Using a moisturizer or a lubricating lotion
  • Urea or lactic acid
  • Using a humidifier to eliminate dry air, which can worsen the condition
  • Avoiding the use of harsh cleansers and soaps, which can irritate the skin

Always speak with your doctor or dermatologist to find out if a product you wish to try is safe for use on keratosis skin.


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Sources:
http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies


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