Keratosis pilaris is a common genetic skin condition which appears as rough, bumpy, sometimes red skin most often found on upper arms, thighs, and cheeks. These bumps are due to a buildup of keratin, a hard protective protein found in skin, hair, and nails. This built up keratin forms a plug which blocks the opening of hair follicles. When these plugs, or bumps, become irritated it causes redness.
Keratosis pilaris usually presents in childhood, often at its worst during puberty, but can continue into adulthood. The condition usually improves in warmer weather, while dry weather seems to exacerbate symptoms.
There is no known cure for Keratosis pilaris, though steps can be taken to keep minimize bumps and redness.
- Regular exfoliation removes dry, dead skin cells and keeps follicles clear. This helps to prevent roughness and bumps. A mild scrub made with fruit enzymes works best. Sea Buckthorn Oil has also been found to work well on skin with Keratosis pilaris, and can be found in Lavera Orange-Sea Buckthorn Body Scrub. Remember to be gentle, and never exfoliate irritated or broken out skin.
- Dryness will exacerbate symptoms, so keeping skin hydrated will help to ward off bumps. Lotions and creams with Jojoba are very effective in treating this condition. Jojoba oil is actually a wax ester very similar to the sebum (oil) our skin produces naturally. The Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream is designed for sensitive skin, contains jojoba oil and is an ideal choice. Lavera Milk & Honey Body Lotion is another good option. Milk proteins are highly emollient and provide rich hydration, while lending mild exfoliation to keep skin smooth.
- Use mild body cleansers made for those with sensitive skin to avoid dryness and irritation. Lavera Shower & Bath Gel Milk & Honey cleans gently without stripping the skin of natural oils. Organic milk proteins nourish and protect dry skin, while organic honey soothes and calms.
- In dry winter months a humidifier can help to increase moisture in your home and keep skin hydrated. Limiting shower/bath time to under 15 minutes and using warm, rather than hot, water will help skin to retain natural oils.
- In summertime, some time spent in the sun can greatly reduce the appearance of bumps. Just be sure to limit yourself to 10-15 minutes so your skin doesn't burn.
- A diet rich in vitamins A, B-complex and E, and essential fatty acids are said to improve symptoms. Avoiding dairy, wheat, and sugar are also said to help in extreme cases.
Avoiding skincare with synthetic ingredients will also help to minimize symptoms of Keratosis pilaris. Lavera products are all natural and contain no harmful synthetic ingredients. Read the following review from one of our customers who has found success with Lavera products.
"I recently spoke with my doctor about my arm bumps, Keratosis pilaris. I have had the hardest time finding an organic product that would calm down the redness and smooth out the bumps. I told my doctor about Lavera and he mentioned that the milk in the products should provide an anti-inflammatory effect. I tried the Milk & Honey Body Lotion and Shower Gel, to my surprise it helped! I have seen such a difference with my arms in a few weeks. I would recommend this to everyone who has Keratosis pilaris. Thank you so much Lavera!"
Products listed above are all vegan.