Have you wondered what keratosis pilaris is? 

Well, in short, keratosis means ‘too much keratin’ while pilaris translates to ‘hair follicle’ in Latin. Jointly, they form the medical term keratosis pilaris (AKA KP), which is used to refer to a build-up of keratin around the hair follicles.

Most commonly this appears on arms and dealing with keratosis pilaris can be incredibly frustrating — especially if you don't know how to make the rough and bumpy patches go away and stay away.

The right skin-care products and tools can make a world of difference for keratosis pilaris treatment.

First, let’s understand how this skin condition forms.

The bumps are dry skin markers. The skin condition is associated with a lack of moisturization and effective exfoliation in areas that don’t have an adequate oil supply.

The upper arms are one such area without a lot of oil supply, but KP can also occur on the thighs and on the back according to dermatologists. Children can sometimes experience it on their faces.

Some of the hallmark symptoms of KP include rough and bumpy skin.

Sometimes the skin will itch. It might get inflamed from time to time, especially if the weather is really dry, but generally, it's more like a feeling that people don't like and their skin just doesn't look smooth.

What to Look for In a Keratosis Pilaris Arm Treatment:

While there's no permanent cure yet for KP on the arms, the good news is that it can be treated and managed. The correct skincare formula can make a big difference in reducing the appearance of the bumps.

Key to homecare ingredients is hydration, moisturization, and exfoliation.

When it comes to moisturizers to help treat KP, the most effective formulas contain humectants, emollients, and occlusive ingredients. Look for ingredients such as ceramides, shea butter, petrolatum, dimethicone, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.

Skincare products that help restore the skin barrier and those that contain hydroxy-acid to encourage exfoliation can be helpful.

Consistency, in terms of how frequently you use these products for keratosis pilaris, is also key when it comes to effectively treating it.

The most important thing is to be religious about your KP regimen. KP is stubborn and can be difficult to treat. If you moisturize twice a day every day and adhere to a solid exfoliation routine, you should see a significant improvement.

Need some help actually selecting products to use for KP treatment on your arms? 

Put intention into your skincare routine. Maintaining your skin is a lifelong commitment. Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of your body–it is part of a lifestyle.

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