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How To Treat Keratosis Pilaris

by Virgil Mccoy

Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that is usually seen on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, or cheeks. This condition will leave you with itchy bumps that appear red and sometimes may also appear to have white-heads. For most that have this skin condition, wearing some clothing may be difficult as you don't want your itchy bumps showing. Get rid of your bumps and wear whatever you want again by following the tips below.

Apply A Body Scrub

Use a body scrub to cleanse pores. Keratosis pilaris is caused by dead skin that blocks the hair follicles, preventing the hair from growing through and can result in those itchy bumps. Clean the pores first with the body scrub. Use a loofah along with the body scrub to scrub away dead skin cells.

Apply A Moisturizer

Look for a thick moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and moist. Dead skin cells are what cause the bumps to appear so moisturizing is very important. Thick moisturizer such as Cetaphil works best. Find cream moisturizers, not anything too watery. Rub it into your skin after showering to hold in the moisture.

Dry Brush

Dry brushing your skin can also help remove dead skin cells. It can also be beneficial in other ways as well, as it can reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve your skin's tone and texture, as well as improve blood flow. Dry brush with a natural bristle brush before showering. Start at the feet and brush in short strokes (moving up) working your way up your body and towards your heart. 

Change Your Diet

Your diet may be the reason for your itchy bumps. Try to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet and eat a cleaner diet instead. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and clean foods, as well as drinking plenty of water. Getting rid of the excess gluten may help clear up your skin. You may also notice other benefits of eating a clean diet including weight loss and clearer skin all over your body.

See Your Dermatologist

Visit a dermatologist, such as one found at Heibel Dermatology, if your keratosis pilaris is not clearing up even after following the tips above. Your dermatologist may prescribe medication to help clear up the bumps on your skin.

If you have keratosis pilaris, try your best not to scratch at the bumps or pick at them, as you're going to leave yourself with sores and scars. Use the tips above to clear up this skin condition.