With today’s blog post I will be shedding some light on Keratosis Pilaris – Is there a cause? Can it be the treatment? Because I’ve been there as well. I will also share with you what I’ve tried in the past and what I’m currently doing. Being a black woman myself, I understand how delicate our skin can be. Since all treatments aren’t created equally… I will also share with what to avoid. Are you ready to get started yet? let’s going ahead and start from the beginning.
It can’t be cured or prevented. But you can treat it with moisturizers and prescription creams to help improve the appearance of the skin. Keratosis Pilaris is often referred to as Chicken skin or Strawberry skin. Can you see why?
The condition usually disappears by age 30. Speaking from personal experience. I’m currently 31years old, although I’ve noticed a significant change in the appearance of my skin. It’s not completely cured yet. There was a time where you could not see the color of my skin, now you mainly notice it when you are looking really close.
Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The pumps generally don’t hurt or itch.
Keratosis pilaris can occur at any age, but it’s more common in young children. Signs and symptoms include:
I didn’t really notice them until late 2007 after graduating high school. They started light and barely noticeable. Back then I wasn’t really exfoliating the way that I do now. Back in 2010 while in beauty school, we were practicing waxing full legs… Although I was highly embarrassed by the appearance of my legs I still decided to show them to my instructor and the other-other students anyways.
One of the girls in the class thought I had some type of skin disease. She was scared to touch my legs. I will call her Nancy Henderson to protect her identity. I must admit, even I was scared of my own skin.
Back then I visited this Dermatologist and he wrote me a prescription for Amlactin – The product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Wear a Broad Spectrum SPF to protect your skin from the harmful sun rays.
Treatment for keratosis pilaris usually isn’t necessary. But if you’re concerned about the appearance of your or your melanin skin, consult your dermatologist. Your Derm can diagnose and properly examine your skin.
No one knows exactly why keratin builds up. But it may occur in association with genetic diseases or with other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition.
Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a hard protein that protects your beautiful melanin skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Usually, many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin.
This is where the term Chicken Skin and/or Strawberry Skin comes from.
I’m a licensed esthetician, not a dermatologist, therefore, diagnosing skin conditions is beyond what my license covers. What I’m sharing is mainly my personal experience having dealt with what felt and looked like the absolute worse case for Keratosis pilaris.
You generally won’t need to see your doctor for keratosis pilaris. If you do visit your doctor/dermatologist here in Tampa, Florida (FL), he or she will be able to diagnose the condition by looking at the affected skin. No testing is needed. He or she may also send you home with a moisturizing lotion that also has some Alpha Hydroxy-Acid (AHA) -Alpha hydroxy acids seem to work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells.
Gradually, keratosis pilaris usually clears up on its own. In the meantime, you might want or need some relief… You may want to use products to help improve the appearance of affected skin. If moisturizing and other self-care measures don’t help, your doctor may prescribe medicated creams.
Below I will be sharing some useful tips you may want to dig a little further into… If you found this blog useful please be sure to leave a comment below and/or share this blog.
Using medicated cream regularly may improve the appearance of the skin. But if you stop, the condition returns. And even with treatment, keratosis pilaris tends to persist for years…
Self-help measures won’t prevent keratosis pilaris or make it go away. But they may improve the appearance of the affected skin.
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