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Keratosis Pilaris Fast Facts

Keratosis Pilaris — What is it?

Keratosis Pilaris is a minor skin condition that manifests itself as tiny red bumps on the skin. It can appear on the backs of arms, thighs or even the face. Many refer to Keratosis Pilaris as “chicken skin” because it sometimes resembles the skin of a plucked chicken. Though tiny in size, the bumps can be rough. They are simply plugged hair follicles that appear when the body produces excess keratin. They can feel dry, which can result in itchiness. In fact, people who have Keratosis Pilaris often find that the condition gets better in the summer, and a little more noticeable in the fall and winter when the air is cooler and drier.

Who does it affect?

Keratosis Pilaris affects 50% of adults and 80% of adolescents and can occur on all skin types.  

Why does Keratosis Pilaris worsen as the temperature cools down?

Cooler air has low or no humidity, and that can take a toll on skin. It sucks the moisture out of skin, making it dry, itchy and flaky. Add Keratosis Pilaris to the equation, and things get a bit worse. The Keratosis Pilaris bumps get dry and become more noticable. They might even become itchier, but when treated with hydrating products, Keratosis Pilaris can be effectively managed.

Is Keratosis Pilaris curable?

There is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris. It’s a condition that comes and goes, but with the right treatment products, it can be properly managed indefinitely.

What can help?

There is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, but it can certainly be managed. The solution is a combination of gentle exfoliation and a product that hydrates and soothes the affected areas, like KP Elements. The KP Elements Shower Scrub contains essential oils, vitamins and natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help to dissolve the excess keratin that builds up in hair follicles. The second step, the KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream calms the redness and any inflammation around the Keratosis Pilaris bumps and helps to smooth and nourish affected skin. COntinual use of KP Elements can properly manage Keratosis Pilaris. First time users can expect to see results in as little as 30 days.

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