Keratosis Pilaris

Posted on 3rd August 2017

Keratosis Pilaris


Keratosis Pilaris, often abbreviated to 'KP', is a very common benign, genetic dry skin condition that affects up to 40% of the population. It is more common in adolescence, gradually decreasing in severity over the years. Hence it is usually found in more than one member of a family.
It is closely related to other dry skin conditions, and tends to get worse in cold weather when the humidity is lower. The condition can vary with the seasons, and sometimes with differing hormonal states, such as pregnancy. It has a number of forms, the most common being the appearance of rough bumps around hair follicles on the back of the arms. Some redness may be present around the bumps. This appearance gives rise to the common name given to KP of 'chicken skin'. It can also occur on other areas of the body such as the legs, buttocks and face, although it doesn't occur on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.
Although not a serious condition, many people find KP unsightly and distressing. It varies in severity and there is no recognised cure but fortunately, there are various ways to treat them! The skin produces a natural protein, Keratin, which is an important part of its outer layer. KP occurs when excess Keratin is produced, and together with dead skin cells builds up inside hair follicles. This process, called hyperkeratinisation, causes the formation of hard Keratin plugs, causing bumps rather like the appearance of 'goose bumps'. Sometimes, hairs can become trapped in the follicle and coil in on themselves. Never use bars of soap. This type of soap contains ingredients that may irritate your skin and can clog pores, making the problem worse. Do not use scrubs. Scrubs can irritate the skin, causing inflammation. Scrubs only tackle the outer layer of the skin but that is not where the problem lies. It is buried much deeper in the skin, and scrubs, facecloths, loofahs and bath puffs cannot get to it!

At Wish Skin Clinic we advise our clients on treatments and products that would work best for them. It is vital to use an BHA (beta hydroxy acid, which is salicylic acid) exfoliating product that unclogs the pore and helps dead skin cells shed more easily. Salicylic acid removes dead skin cells, cleansing the inside of the pores. BHA also has anti-inflammatory properties and eliminates bacteria that might cause pimples.
Hydra Facial treatments are fantastic for both face and body, uses advanced, patented vortex technology and include a GlySal peel brightening agent. This gentle glycolic and salicylic solution helps loosen debris from your pores ready for the extraction stage whilst brightening the appearance of the skin. Effortless extractions help to remove and draw out impurities in congested areas using a serum of natural salicylic acid and honey extract. This product is also available in a home care product. Hydra Facial Beta-HD™ Daily is specially formulated to work with oily or congested skin because the natural salicylic acid helps soften sebum and dislodge dead skin cells. This will not leave skin feeling dry, thanks to the added Honey Extract for the perfect touch of moisture.



For more information call Wish Skin Clinic today on 01639 891200 to book a free skin consultation with one of our clinicians.
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