Keratosis pilaris: the essentials to get rid of this condition
In an age where satiny skin is still considered the "norm," keratosis pilaris sufferers often dread the summer season, which is synonymous with lighter outfits but brings this often-overlooked skin condition to light. Here is a short guide to help you get you’re your smooth and healthy skin.
What is keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common, benign dermatosis that appears as small red bumps and dry patches, often described as "chicken skin" because of its appearance. It is caused by an overproduction of keratin in the hair follicle, preventing the hair from coming out. This rough, coarse skin is usually found on the upper arms, but also on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen or the low-cut.
It is not a dangerous condition, and in most cases it is asymptomatic. In general, keratosis pilaris occurs in children during the first 10 years of life and peaks during puberty and fades away in adulthood. Another interesting fact to know is that it has a genetic component and can therefore be hereditary.
How can we control it?
While it is impossible to eliminate keratosis pilaris, there are several solutions to restore smoother, less inflamed skin. Many dermatologists agree that the exfoliation-hydration combo is the best way to reduce the symptoms of keratosis pilaris, when performed in the best conditions.
- Decrease shower time. Long, hot showers remove the natural oils that your skin produces to protect itself. Limit your baths and showers to a maximum of 10 minutes to preserve your natural protection.
- Be gentle with your skin. Avoid any cleansers or soaps that are very harsh on your skin. Prioritize a gentle weekly exfoliation to remove dead skin on the surface and free the hairs that are trapped in that excess keratin.
- Moisturize deeply. When you get out of the shower, while the skin is still a little damp, apply a moisturizing cream or oil to soothe it and make it supple again.
How can the Renaissance line help you with your keratosis pilaris?
The Renaissance Glove will be your best ally to keep control of your keratosis pilaris. Its natural fiber, woven in microscopic loops, will gently dislodge excess keratin without irritation and finally free ingrown hairs. By incorporating this exfoliation into your routine, you should see a change after 3 to 4 weeks. Be careful not to rub to the point of further inflammation.
You can then continue with the application of the Botanical Repair Oil Rose d'Orient. It will help regenerate the epidermis in addition to promoting healing and softening its texture.
This combination will allow you to finally take control of this condition and enjoy the summer season without worrying about the appearance of your skin!