How To Treat Those Annoying Red Skin Bumps

How To Treat Those Annoying Red Skin Bumps

For many of us, baring our arms and legs come summer is a pleasure. Unfortunately, moving away from the tights and switching from denim pants to cutoffs isn't as seamless for some as it is for others. Women who have keratosis pilaris (KP) may cringe at the thought of donning tank dresses or miniskirts for fear of exposing unsightly "chicken skin" — which is what KP is often called. This rough, bumpy skin is actually an extremely common condition — even if you don't have it, it's highly likely you know someone who does. I see at least one person a day with KP.

Like many conditions, KP is hereditary. It's inherited in an autosomal-dominant fashion with variable penetrance, which means that it takes just one gene from one parent to develop it. Not everybody with the gene has the condition, but approximately 30 to 50% of individuals with KP have a positive family history.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?
KP is considered a disorder of keratinization, or the formation of epidermal skin. The buildup of keratin around the hair follicles traps the hairs underneath and results in the small bumps characteristic of KP. It is also often associated with other dry-skin conditions, such as eczema. If the bumps cause red or brown polka dots, it means the area has become inflamed.

Who Gets It?
KP can develop at any age, but typically starts in the first decade of life and worsens during puberty — 50 to 80% of adolescents have it. Although it tends to improve with age, approximately 40% of adults have it. And women are more prone than men.

How Is It Treated?
The condition may not be curable, but it is certainly controllable. Because it is medically harmless and mostly a cosmetic concern, you don't actually have to seek medical treatment. But there's certainly nothing wrong with trying to get it under control; the "wait-and-see" approach is not for everyone and it's not something I encourage my patients to do if it's making them really uncomfortable.

An important part of any treatment plan is preventing skin dryness. I usually recommend bathing with lukewarm water, and using gentle cleansers and emollients. Mild cases of KP may improve with these simple measures. Most treatments are aimed at smoothing away those unsightly bumps through exfoliation — either chemical or physical. These are before and after photos that used these products.  Their results are amazing. ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste + SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment.  I am sure if your reading this you are thinking there has been many products that claim these same results but haven't worked for you.  So I would like to offer you a free sample so you can make your own opinion to see if you think it would work for you.  I would love to hear your feedback of the products.  Just leave a comment below to receive your sample or contact us here with any questions HERE.

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