Keratosis pilaris is a genetic disorder which is non-contagious. The condition is characterized by infection of the skin follicles due to accumulation of keratin in the skin.
It is not associated with serious implications on the health of the individual but often needs to be treated due to cosmetic and aesthetic reasons. The incidence is high during adolescence with females more prone to develop the condition compared to their male counterparts.
The condition is associated with excessive dryness during winters with the intensity reducing as a person grows older and ruing summers.
However certain risk factors have been identified for the condition which includes allergies, rhinitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis and eczema. Often hair tends to get coiled and tangled in the skin which makes the appearance of the skin bumpy and rough.
Symptoms Of Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris is often confused with acne as the condition is associated with bumpy and rough skin. The most commonly observed symptoms associated with it include,
- Itching and dryness of the skin
- Bumps on the skin which are normally skin color but occasionally can become inflamed and red
- Coiling of hair which tends to get trapped in the bumps of the skin.
Keratosis pilaris often affects the arms and the legs but can occasionally affect the face. It is a self limiting disorder and it improves during summers but worsens during winters. The condition is more frequently observed in young children, though it may occur at any age.
Natural Remedy For Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
There is no specific treatment for keratosis pilaris and hence a lot of individual depend upon home based remedies for the effective treatment of the condition.
Here are a few simple tips for managing the condition,
- Regular cleansing and gentle exfoliation is considered effective in the management of the condition. Mix one part of freshly squeezed lemon juice with three parts of honey and apply it locally on the skin. Wash the home made lotion with warm water after about half an hour. Lemon is a natural cleanser and helps remove dead and damaged cells from the skin.
- Sun bathing is considered as effective technique to manage the condition. Use sun block to prevent damage caused by exposure to the sun and limit sun bathing to about half an hour each day.
- Local application of coconut oil or using baby moisturizer has been found effective in prevent the advent of the condition and reducing the symptoms associated with keratosis pilaris
- In addition there are several other life style modifications which can help reduce the intensity of the symptoms associated with the condition. Use a mild soap, consume vitamin A supplements on regular basis and include flax seeds and hemp in your diet. These foods contain essential fatty acids which can help improve the quality and texture of the skin
- Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. These modifications are meant to improve the quality of the skin and limit the progression of this condition.