KP or more commonly known as chicken skin is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin.
Initially, I thought these bumps are still due to the skin allergy I had last month. However, reading now, looks I had this all along and I never noticed until today. Why on Earth do I have such a sensitive skin!
Keratosis pilaris is unsightly but completely harmless. KP tends to be worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when the skin dries out. It may also occur and/or worsen among pregnant women or show up after childbirth.
There is no cure for keratosis pilaris, since KP is a chronic, genetic follicular disease, however treatments are available. Results from treatments vary and can often be disappointing. With persistence, most people will see satisfactory improvement. It is recommended that treatment not be discontinued because the buildup of keratin (the hard protein in the skin, nails, and hair) will continue to reform around the hair follicles.
There is no cure for KP but reducing skin dryness may be helpful. Below are some tips how we can keep our skin moisturized.
* Use mild soaps or gentle body washes.
* Apply moisturizers frequently — For better absorption, apply to the skin while it’s still moist after showering.
* Take tepid showers rather than hot baths.
* Light exfoliation with an abrasive pad may sometimes be of help, however scrubbing the areas of KP is not recommended, and can worsen the condition.
* Keeping areas of KP exfoliated with a Salicylic Acid or AHA based lotion works best.
I should really start taking care of my skin more. What skin regimen do you suggest and what products work for you?
I’m quite lucky that my skin’s not sensitive so I can use any soap or lotion. Right now I’m using Placenta soap and Nivea whitening lotion.