What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris also known as chicken skin is a non-contagious skin disorder. It occurs when overproduction of keratin blocks the hair follicle which leads to dry rough skin along with formation of small bumps/pimples on skin. The skin condition causes skin to thicken, especially on the upper arms and thighs, buttocks and on the face. The development of small red, skin-colored or brown pimples make the skin look similar to chicken skin.
Keratosis Pilaris mostly affect young people. The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris usually appear during childhood and the condition is very common in adolescents. Keratosis Pilaris or chicken skin goes away with age, but it can keep coming back.
The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris can be alleviated by regular skincare using Urea Gel. Small pimples on the skin are typical signs of the keratinisation disorder known as Keratosis Pilaris. The pin-head sized bumps (keratosis) are harmless and do not normally accompany any pain but they can be itchy, and regular, aggressive itching may lead to inflammation. Keratosis Pilaris can also lead to low self esteem and stress. The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris worsen during winter due to low humidity and tend to improve when humidity is higher in the summer. Keratosis Pilaris often accompanies certain allergies and Atopic Dermatitis.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris or chicken skin?
Keratosis Pilaris likely occurs due to genetics and is inherited from family members. The condition often affects the twins.
The bumps or pimples form as a result of the overproduction of keratin. Keratin is the building block of our nails and hair and gives body tissue its stability. In cases of Keratosis Pilaris, the excess of keratin produced collects under skin and blocks the hair follicles. Skin thickens as a result and later bumps turn into hard plugs.
How to treat Keratosis Pilaris?
Healthy diet and personal hygiene can help manage keratinized skin. The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris can be considerably improved by regularly applying Bare Moisturizing Urea Gel. Doctors consider Urea particularly helpful for daily skin care. Urea binds moisture into the skin and has a keratolytic effect which makes it ideal for dry and flaky skin. Bare Urea Gel can be applied to affected skin area several times a day to promote faster healing.
Bare Urea Gel softens and dissolves buildup of skin, and must be used for anti-KP routine. The lightweight formula of Bare Urea Gel is deeply moisturizing. Bare Urea Gel with 40 percent active Urea, is an effective way to loosen up all that extra keratin buildup. It is odorless, easy to apply, non-greasy, absorbs quickly into the skin, and give fast results.
Bare Urea Gel contains 40% Urea. It is specially formulated for the intensive care of dry or extremely dry skin and is commonly used as a treatment for Keratosis Pilaris. Moisturizing Bare Urea Gel combines Urea with other natural skin care ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea and tea tree oil to instantly soothe the skin. Bare Urea Gel with 40% Urea and Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate dead skin cells and makes skin smooth and supple. The intense and long-lasting moisturizing effects of urea gel help treat Keratosis Pilaris or chicken skin.
Regular exfoliation of the top skin layer of skin with Bare Urea Gel will help loosen and remove any ‘plugs’ which may have formed. Massage the Bare Urea Gel gently into the skin until completely absorbed. For best results, the urea gel should be left to work overnight. Cover the affected part of the body with cling film to increase the benefits of the urea gel.
Other Treatment Measures of Keratosis Pilaris
People suffering from Keratosis Pilaris can benefit from below:
Keratosis Pilaris often improves in the summer due to high humidity and exposure to the sun. You can regularly visit a solarium during winters to reduce the symptoms of chicken skin. However be careful and seek advice from a medical professional to reduce the risk of premature skin ageing and cancer. Saunas and steam baths can also soften the skin and make removal of dead skin easier.
Sea Salt Exfoliation
Gently exfoliating the skin using sea salt removes dead layers of skin and can help improve overall skin condition. Don’t use the treatment too frequently in order to prevent skin irritation.
Diet and Nutrition
It is crucial for people suffering from Keratosis Pilaris to consume a healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Proper nutrition and diet can also prevent allergies. Drink at least two liters of water a day and avoid sugary and carbonated drinks.
A regular skincare routine and moisturising the skin with a urea rich product such as Bare Urea Gel can help alleviate symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris and make skin smooth and healthy. Dr. Marc A. Brenner, a podiatry specialist and renowned national and international lecturer as well as consultant to major institutions in the areas of podiatric dermatology and diabetic foot management recommends Bare 40 Moisturizing Urea Gel to treat Keratosis Pilaris and other dry skin conditions.