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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

What is keratosis pilaris?

keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or bottom.

keratosis pilaris explained

Keratosis pilaris affects 50-80% of adolescents and up to 40% of adults. It occurs due to overproduction or build-up of keratin, a protective protein found on the skin. The bumps can be surrounded by redness, a sign of inflammation that is also seen when they are examined microscopically. 

Keratosis pilaris occurs more often in people with eczema or dry skin and gets worse in cold or dry weather. As expected, you will find it associated with other inflammatory conditions such as allergies and asthma.



What causes keratosis pilaris?

Although it is known to have a genetic factor, scientists do not know the true cause of keratosis pilaris. It is seen more commonly in inflammatory conditions such as asthma and allergies and is associated with dry skin, Vitamin A and essential fatty acid deficiency. Exacerbations and remissions may occur with times of hormonal change such as pregnancy.

keratosis pilaris products?

keratosis pilaris often rectifies itself over time, but as its associated with dry skin use of natural products high in Vitamin A and EFA which deliver essential nutrients whilst offering hydration and lubrication to surface layers should be considered.

Our Allergen free, Sensitive Skin products are made without petrochemicals, parabens or essential oils, just unadulterated vital oils rich in vitamins and minerals to reduce keratin build-up and protect skin from environmental irritants.

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