Though the name sounds very unfamiliar, Keratosis Pilaris is a very familiar condition to most of us. Many a time, we must have noticed goose bump like appearance on our skin which looks like brown or pink spots and is rough to touch.Try as you might, you cannot remove them in most cases as it is a chronic condition. Sometimes Keratosis Pilaris goes away on its own.Keratosis Pilaris can be very unsightly and can cause great problems for women who would want to war bikinis. They almost always appear on the back of the thighs and buttocks and also on the arms. There are some ways by which you can treat Keratosis Pilaris and tone down its appearance so that they do not look so bad on your skin.
1. Lactic Acid
Application of lactic acid is known to help people with Keratosis Pilaris. Lactic acid helps in exfoliating and lightening the skin and with frequent use, the spots will be considerably lightened and reduced so that they are no longer visible. For lactic acid treatment, take milk, buttermilk or yoghurt, all of which being good sources of lactic acid and apply on the skin. Massage thoroughly to initiate exfoliation and softening of the skin. Leave it on for about half an hour before wiping dry.
2. Oatmeal Scrub
Regular exfoliation is a good way to keep the skin away from Keratosis Pilaris and also to treat Keratosis Pilaris. Oatmeal is a gentle scrub for your skin and also a nourishing mixture as oatmeal contains vitamin E which is known to drastically improve the condition in some people. Take oatmeal that is not powdered and make a paste with water. Before you head to take bath, apply on the affected skin and rub in circular motions. This will disintegrate the dry skin cells lodged on the bumps and soften the bumps.After this, you can take an oatmeal soak by adding one cup of oatmeal to a tub of warm water. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
3. Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Just like vitamin E, alpha hydroxyl acids too are known to help people with Keratosis Pilaris. Alpha hydroxy acid helps in keeping the skin well moisturised which is important for Keratosis Pilaris as dry skin will enhance its appearance and encourage accumulation of dead cells. Take a cream that has alpha hydroxy acid and massage on the skin for 20 minutes. This is also a good way to exfoliate the skin.
4. Vitamin A
Keratosis Pilaris is formed when there is excess keratin production on the skin. For reducing the production of keratin, vitamin A can be used. Vitamin A capsules can be taken to reduce the action of keratin and prevent dead cell accumulation on the surface of the skin. However, make sure that you do not take vitamin A pills when you are pregnant as it can be dangerous for the baby’s development.
5. Sun Tan
Keratosis Pilaris can be very unsightly on fair skin as the pink bumps are more visible when you are fair. If nothing works, you can think about tanning your skin, so that the appearance can be camouflaged a little.