What is Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common skin disorder seen in many people of all ages. It is a skin condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. KP creates a "goose bumps," "gooseflesh," or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. The majority of people with KP may be unaware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is easily treatable. Although KP is cosmetically displeasing it is medically completely harmless. KP is frequently noted in otherwise healthy people.
KP is a chronic skin condition that is non-contagious to others. It is not caused by a fungus, virus or bacterium. It is not contagious and so will not be transferred through skin contact with anyone with KP. Some people might be more prone to developing KP due to genetics and skin type.
Who gets keratosis pilaris?
Anyone can get KP. Although it is most common among young children and teens, it is also seen in many adults. KP may start developing at any age, but is most common to start within the first 10 years of life and worsen during puberty.
Will I eventually outgrow keratosis pilaris?
KP usually improves with increasing age. KP may even spontaneously clear completely after puberty. However, more frequently the condition is chronic with periodic exacerbations and improvements. Many adults still have the skin condition into their 40’s and 50’s.
Does keratosis pilaris affect the entire body?
Although possible, it is fairly rare to have KP all over the body. The most common part of the body which will get affected is the back of the upper arms. Other common locations include the thighs and buttocks and occasionally the face.
How do I treat Keratosis Pilaris?
There is no cure for KP, but the good news is with proper daily skin care, people are able to control outbreaks. Here are a few practical tips:
1. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturised daily.
2. Avoid hot showers or baths as they can dry out skin and encourage symptoms of KP.
3. Avoid heavily scented soaps and cleansers.
4. Wash with mild ingredients and non-scented products.
5. Add a humidifier to your home or bedroom, especially if you live in a particularly dry area.
6. Don’t scratch the affected area of the skin. Scratching can cause irritation and increase the likelihood of infection or redness.
7. Not all moisturisers are alike. KP is best managed with moisturisers containing lactic acid, which is a humectant that helps the skin retain the moisture and at the same time exfoliates and softens the skin.
How to use R-Lactin as part of your treatment regime.
Apply R-Lacton Cream/Lotion once a day (every morning or evening after bath/shower) for a 10 day cycle and repeat this regime once a month to keep KP from flaring.
R-Lacton Cream/Lotion is safe to leave on your skin till you next bath/shower, but remember to wash your hands after applying the Cream/Lotion.
If you suffer from more extreme KP, you may continue to use R-Lactin for more than 10 days a month, but do not use continuously for more than 30 days. Always try to use for about 10-15 days on a monthly basis.
As lactic acid is an exfoliant, your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so ensure you use a sun blocker.