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Taking Control Of Your Keratosis Pilaris

by Emily Linehan on April 01, 2020

Did you know 60% of the population suffers from a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris? Also referred to as “chicken skin”, this red/bumpy eye sore is most commonly found on the back of one’s arms, thighs and even cheeks. If you contribute to the 60% of people who have this skin condition, I can relate, for I am a victim as well. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to alleviate the burden! 

WHAT CAUSES KERATOSIS PILARIS  

Keratosis Pilaris is an inherited condition where the skin hyper-produces keratinocytes within the follicle wall. Due to the build-up of keratinocytes, many people mistake these outbreaks for acne (similar to the way acne forms, a different type of cell is shedding). Keratinocytes can appear as inflammation or bumps on the skin, although do not produce debris (pus) in the skin pore. Although there is currently no cure for this condition, the good news is that it can be managed!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Modify Your Diet - A common trigger for this chronic skin condition is wheat/gluten. While I know this can be quite challenging, do your best to eliminate these ingredients from your diet.

Properly Exfoliate - Exfoliating without overly irritating the skin is key in keeping outbreak bumps to a minimum. I will however forewarn you --- over exfoliating can lead to additional inflammation. Use my tips below to treat your skin with a proper exfoliation method:

  1. Use nylon shower gloves to gently exfoliate the skin, cleansing daily. The key to reducing formation of the bumps is to prevent keratinocytes from developing. A daily exfoliation routine, coupled with your routine cleansing, will buff away the top layer of dead skin, keeping those pesky bumps at bay.
  2. Once or twice a week, you can also use a gentle scrub (my Skin Smoothing Polish works wonders) to chip away at the dead skin cells.
  3. Treat the affected areas of your skin with an exfoliating serum (check out my Clarifying Serum) that contains mandelic acid. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (like mandelic acid) dissolves the “glue” that holds dead, sticky cells together. My Clarifying Serum will minimize the build-up and help prevent future keratinocytes from developing.
  4. Most importantly, keep the affected skin area well hydrated with a light body lotion --- my Essential Body Lotion is an #Emmebabe fan favorite! Hydrated skin cells tend to lay more evenly on the skin. Keeping skin hydrated also offers the support and comfort necessary to help reduce inflammation. Please be mindful and avoid heavy creams or body butters, as they tend to clog the skin and prevent the shedding of the skin cells. 

Being consistent with these tips will help control your bumps and give your skin the smooth, soft feel you’ve been seeking!

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