The skin is our major organ, and since it is visible, every skin disorder can be easily noticed. One of the skin conditions is keratosis pilaris. This skin disorder is not yet fully studied, although approximately a half of the population is affected by it. Keratosis pilaris is usually mistaken for acne because many symptoms are just the same, like bumps, pimples and rough dry skin. It is a fact that it affects more women than men, and it usually appears during puberty, pregnancy and childbirth.
This condition usually appears in the upper arms and tights. The area that is affected by keratosis pilaris rubra faceii, which are keratosis pilaris bumps, usually undergoes hyperpigmentation and becomes darker, or hypopigmentation when it becomes lighter than the normal skin. This skin condition is not caused by a bacterium, virus or fungus and any malfunction of the glands. It appears when the protein keratin in dead skin cells blocks the hair follicles. As the result of that, bumps form. The people who have the problem with obesity, as well as those who suffer from atopic dermatitis or ichthyosis, are more susceptible to develop this skin condition.
Home remedies for keratosis pilaris
Since medicine has advanced, there are many conventional medications that can be used for the treatment of keratosis pilaris. However, many herbalists, as well as the skin specialists called dermatologists, recommend home remedies for curing of this condition since thus there are no side effects. First of all, it is important to wash the face very gently with soft soaps and then leave the skin slightly moisturized with remaining water. Furthermore, moisturizing cream should be applied on the facial skin. The most recommended moisturizing lotions or creams contain urea and propylene glycol.
Lactic acid is very good for removing of the keratin accumulation. Although there are many creams with lactic acid, it is better to prepare a face pack at home. One spoon of granular sugar should be mixed with two spoons of sour cream and then applied to the skin. Moreover, yogurt also contains lactic acid; so therefore, it should be applied on the face for about 20 minutes. People who suffer from this skin condition should change their diet. They should consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin E and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Avoiding many allergens and pollutants, drinking as much water as possible, and exposure to the sun are also some of the recommendations for the successful treatment of keratosis pilaris.