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Keratosis pilaris helpful tips

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KP is a harmless but irritating skin condition which is also known as “chicken skin.” Small red or flesh colored bumps, on the skin, are seen in this problem. They may look very similar to acne and may show up on your arms, cheeks and thighs.

The following tips will help you to get relief from Keratosis pilaris and get rid of it.

Moisturize

If you are suffering from keratosis pilaris, you will need to keep your skin moisturize. This is a problem which is seen in case of dry skin and so keeping your skin more surprised will help you to get rid of it and get immediate relief. The problem may become worse during the winter because at this time that dry, cold air will aggravate the problem. There are different medicines available for this but you can also use coconut oil which is a completely natural treatment option.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is a very essential care which will keep your skin healthy. It is most especially true for people who suffer from KP. You need to remove the dead skin and cleared the clogged hair follicles. That is possible by exfoliating the dead skin. However, while doing that do not use harsh exfoliators or scrub your skin too hard. You’ll find some gentle exfoliant and exfoliating creams. Use them. They generally contain salicylic or glycolic acid and they will help you by smoothing out your skin.

Stop using hot water

If you do not use hot water for taking bath or washing your body parts, you should avoid it completely. If you are using it, you should immediately stop using hot water. If you want to get KP under control, this is a very important step that you need to take. Hot water will dry out your skin and also wash away the natural, protective oils from the body as a result of which your skin will feel tight and itchy. If you do not want to bath with cold water, you can use lukewarm water. It is advisable to use cold water for bathing if you want to preserve the important natural oils and protect your skin.

Watch your food

You will need to watch your food and include some other foods in your diet which will help you by moisturizing your skin from the inside. Such foods include Salmon, walnuts, hemp seeds and flaxseeds. They are good for you because they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Other foods that you should including a diet are those which contain high level of vitamin A such as liver, carrots, dark leafy greens and sweet potatoes. Some studies found that eating a raw food diet may also help you when you are suffering from keratosis pilaris.

You may also need to eliminate some of the foods from your diet. Some people may have some food intolerance and removing those foods from their diet will help to improve the condition. To do that, you will need to go for proper testing. If you somehow suspect that KP problem in your case is caused by an allergic reaction, you can eliminate some of the foods to see if that will help you.

Stop using soap

If you have dry skin or if you are suffering from KP, you should immediately stop using soap. Soap should not touch the areas affected by KP. Soap can be harsh on sensitive for dry areas and so you should avoid it. There are moisturizing body washes, gentle soaps made for sensitive skins and you can use them instead.

References

1. Keratosis Pilaris Remedy Forever
2. Keratosis Pilaris Revisited
3. Keratosis pilaris

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