Treating Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin

Advanced Dermatology, PC Blog Treating Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin

Female face - Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a fairly common condition which effects nearly 15% of the population. Though the genetic disorder which disrupts the natural growth of hair follicles can occur in both sexes, Keratosis is most commonly found in females and adolescents. Though essentially harmless, individuals afflicted with this condition generally become distressed when trying to treat their irritating bumps. Many products on the market promise to soothe skin and reduce the embarrassing signs of Keratosis, but most fail at eliminating gooseflesh, bumps and lesions. Advanced Dermatology features effective skin-care options for individuals seeking relief from Keratosis Pilaris.

Facts Behind the Cause of KP
Keratosis Pilaris, more commonly referred to as Chicken Skin is a result of an irregularity in the body’s ability to produce keratin. This vital skin protein is released in abundance in those who suffer from KP, producing a series of raised bumps and simultaneously entrapping surrounding hair follicles. When there’s a disruption in proper hair-growth, it causes the skin to protest by becoming hyperpigmented. Rough and bumpy skin may appear on the following regions in those afflicted with KP: face, arms, thighs, legs and cheeks. Symptoms may be reduced with proper treatment.

Treatment Options (at home topicals + diet options)
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, but there are methods which drastically reduce your symptoms. We recommend implementing a daily regime of topical cremes to offset the dryness ad essentially feed your thirsty skin. Products with lactic and salicylic acid soften the tiny plugs associated with KP and add suppleness. Formulas with corticosteroids prevent irritation and reduce the impulsive itching, while topical retinoids work well at preventing hair follicles from clogging pores.

Another great way to offset bumpy, dry skin is to enhance your diet; nutrient deficiencies are a major culprit in skin irregularities. For healthy, smooth skin it’s important to incorporate daily doses of Vitamin B, A, D and K into your diet. Cod liver oil, avocados, supplements and sun-exposure are important measures to keeping your skin healthy. Even if you use the tips we’ve recommended, combating KP is still not an easy task. Don’t worry though, Advanced Dermatology is here to help.

Why Choose Advanced Dermatology, PC
If you experience, or care for someone afflicted with Keratosis Pilaris, we’re here to make life a bit easier. Our team of qualified and highly trained dermatologists are prepared to answer your questions, provide thorough examinations and suggest treatment options which work. Are you seeking a solution to the problems KP causes in your life? Please reach out to us today for your complimentary consultation.

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