Published on August 3rd, 2013 | by Tom1
How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris
Nearly 40% of the world’s population are affected by Keratosis Pilaris (KP). KP is a common skin condition which causes rough bumps on your cheeks, backs, arms or buttocks. Although KP is not itching or painful, it can be annoying, unsightly and upsetting. Read this article, and you will see how to smoothing the bumps away with simple home remedies.
Home remedies for keratosis pilaris
- Moisture. To soften the bumps of KP, one of the best ideas is to apply a lotion or cream regularly, 1-2 times a day. Remember to choose moisturizers that contain lactic acid since it has been proved to help break down the keratin that causes the unsightly bumps. Amlactin and Lac-Hydrin are available for you in the supermarket. Besides, urea cream works well in breaking down dead skin and keratin. But remember too much application of it can cause damage to the healthy skin. Emollients which contain urea and lactic acid work wonders.
- Replace your soap with non-soap cleansers since washing with soap may dry out your skin and worsen the situation.
- Oils. It works the same with applying moisture to the skin. Using different oils can smooth the skin and the keratin in it. Rubbing oils such as coconut oil, pure vitamin oil and sea buckthorn oil once or twice every day to the infected skin will effectively remove the bumps.
- Use an exfoliant. Instead of softening the bumpy skin, you can use an exfoliant to get rid of the dead skin that has been affected. You can either apply exfoliant cream to your skin or take a shower with exfoliating soap.
- Oatmeal bath. Take an oatmeal bath at least once a week to smooth your bumping skin. Blend 1/3 cup of oatmeal into fine powder and pour them into your bath tub as you running the water and mix them thoroughly.
- Set up a humidifier. Your skin will be very sensitive to dry air, so set up a humidifier to add some moisture into your house, thus helping your skin to stay soft.
- Exposure to sunlight. A little exposure to sunlight may help your skin to clear out the dead cells, but remember to wear sunscreen when you are spending time outdoors.
- Avoid hot water shower. Water with extremely hot temperature can dry out your skin, which is bad for your recovery. So next time, be careful with the temperature of your shower water.
- Go to the doctor. If you find those home remedies useless for your case, then try to reach the doctor for prescription.
- Laser treatment. For people suffering with severe KP, laser treatment may be another option.