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Along with acne and ingrown hairs, Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is one of the skin conditions we get the most questions about at Queen Bee. Although there is no known cure for KP, and it’s harmless, we understand that many people are very self-conscious of those tiny red bumps on the back of their arms and legs that can sometimes even appear as dry, rough, and scaly skin. So let’s look at what KP is and how you can reduce its appearance and alleviate the temptation to itch it!
How is Keratosis Pilaris caused:
KP is dehydrated skin caused by dead skin that plugs up the follicles. It can be genetic and first appears at a very young age. It presents itself as tiny red bumps or rough, scaly skin on the back of your arms or legs. Some people see their condition worsen in the winter when their skin is drier.
Is Keratosis Pilaris curable:
There is no known cure for KP; however, home remedies and products can help treat it and reduce its appearance. In addition, many people have reported that they see their KP dissipate a little as they get older. Perhaps this is due to less oil being produced as we age?
How do I treat Keratosis Pilaris:
It’s simple to consider that dry skin needs to be exfoliated and then moisturized. Here are some suggestions:
- Gently cleanse/exfoliate the skin with a gentle cleanser, or use a dry brush in upward motions on dry skin – moisturize immediately after with pure aloe vera or an anti-itch moisturizer that contains oats.
- Grab a pot of Queen Bee’s Buzz Off Bumps exfoliating pads that contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid. These two acids are the ultimate power couple. Glycolic acid disintegrates dead skin so that its BFF salicylic acid can penetrate the follicle and push out the debris that is plugging up the follicles. Buzz Off Bumps also contains a moisturizer, so you don’t need to invest in other products.
- In severe cases, you should go and see your Dermatologist, as a prescription-strength medication may be needed.
How do I prevent Keratosis Pilaris?
You can’t stop it, but you can take the time to recognize what is triggering your flare-ups. Is it the weather, your laundry detergent, shower gel, or a body moisturizer that might contain irritants? Keep KP under control by gently exfoliating your skin every day. We suggest doing this first thing in the morning. Additionally, Queen Bee’s Buzz Off Bumps pads or dry brushing can be used in the morning and night to help with prevention.
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