So what exactly is it?
Keratosis Pilaris is a frustrating but harmless skin condition. It describes the build up of keratin (protein) around hair follicles which can result in bumpy and rough patches of skin. It is most commonly found on the arms, thighs or buttocks. The bumps can be skin tone, red or darker than your normal skin tone. Occasionally Keratosis Pilaris can become itchy and often it improves in Summer and worsens in Winter.
How long will it last?
Good news is that the condition is not contagious, and is thought to have a genetic component. The bad news is that it can last for several years at a time and often just clears up spontaneously. It is thought to be associated with dry skin or dry skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis. It is more common in young children but can occur at any age. More good news is that there are some products available which can help to improve the appearance and severity of the condition!
What can I do?
- For young children I would just advise to moisturise frequently – here is a link to my review of various options!
La Roche Posay Lipikar Lait Urea 5+ is enriched with 5% pure UREA plus an exfoliating factor with mannose and allantoin to nourish and soothe the skin. The 5% urea activates to 10% on use. This helps to gently exfoliate, soothe and smooth dry skin that is grainy, rough and flaky and hydrates very dry, rough skin. This replenishes the skins lipids and helps to restore the skins barrier which leaves it feeling smooth and soothed. This product is available to order from our online shop here!
- For older children, teenager or mums and dads I would recommend trying a product with urea like Eucerin 10% or salicylic acid like Cerave SA.
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream for rough & bumpy skin is formulated to gently and effectively smooth and soothe very dry skin. This is a really good product for scaly skin on the legs to bumps on the backs of the arms. It has been formulated to improve skin texture with Salicylic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate, Hyaluronic acid to hydrate, Niacinamide to calm & comfort and three essential Ceramides to restore the skin’s natural barrier. It also features patented MVE® delivery technology for continual release of exfoliating and hydrating ingredients.
Other tips to help!
- For young children just moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!!! My absolute favourite moisturiser (and yes, I’ve pretty much tried them all on myself and my three kids due to my own eczema and dry skin!) is La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume.
- For older kids and grown ups – try the Cerave SA as described above!
- Keep the water lukewarm in showers or baths
- Pat your skin dry with the towel after showering instead of rubbing.
- Stay away from perfumed bath and shower products.
- Avoid harsh scrubs on your skin in an effort to get rid of the issue – it often makes it worse!
- See a GP if your skin becomes very irritated or is causing you discomfort.