Today I’m going to answer the most-asked question about keratosis pilaris popularly known as chicken skin.
1 What Is The Main Cause Of Keratosis Pilaris
You know how we get goosebumps when it’s cold or you get scared right well is there anyone out there who has these goosebumps all the time these aren’t goosebumps but something called keratosis pilaris when your pore is filled and clogged with dead skin cell bumps appear on the akin like goosebumps.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when old dead skin cells are not removed, our skin sheds old dead skin cells every 28 days and produces new dead skin cells and this is called a turnover, there is a problem with the turnover cycle the old dead skin cells do not shed.
The dead skin cells pile go around the pore clogging them as a result also excess keratin which forms dead skin cells increases the number of dead skin cells and can clog the pore as well.
The causes of excessive keratin production include dry skin, external stimulation, inflammation, and genetic factors.
2. How To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris
The key to getting rid of keratosis pilaris is to regulate the skin turnover cycle to shed off old dead skin cells, regulate the skin turnover cycle you need to exfoliate and moisturize so now I will tell you the ingredients that are effective for exfoliating as well as how to exfoliate.
AHA is a water soluble exfoliant while ABA exfoliates dead skin cells the water-soluble component draws in moisture to keep your skin feeling moisturized.
BHA is an oil-soluble exfoliant, BHA is not inky exfoliate dead skin cells but it also removes impurities deep inside the pore plus it’s gentle on the skin that is prone to redness or sensitivity try applying a product that contains vitamin A on the areas you have keratosis pilaris.
Vitamin A is an ingredient that accelerates the turnover cycle so it helps remove the old dead skin cells that haven’t been able to shed off and restore the turnover cycle back to normal you can use a gentle scrub to remove the dead skin cells as well.
However, if you use physical scrub too often it can be irritating to your skin if you have dry skin like me use a scrub up to one time a week, and if you have oily skin then use them one or two times after using a scrub make sure you moisturize this is super important moisturize.
What does moisturize have to do such the turnover cycle if you have dry skin it makes it difficult for your skin cells to shed so make sure you apply a moisturizer to regulate your turnover cycle. Jojoba oil is rich in fatty acids that are similar to our skin’s composition so it’s effective for keeping our skin moisturized.
3. Do I Have Keratosis Pilaris Or Acne
So keratosis pilaris and miller seed acne when you look at them side by side kind of look similar but they are two completely different things acne is caused by the skin’s inability to release sebum due to clogged pores and what acne is extracted sebum comes out.
On the other hand, keratosis pilaris is when the pores are filled with dead skin cells so sebum does not come out even if you try to extract it, that is why you need to be careful to think that your keratosis pilaris is miles seed acne and you know try to extract them that is bad for your skin.
If you try to extract or tear them roughly the area can get affected by bacteria and it can cause pigmentation so you need to be able to distinguish between the two, if you are having a hard time telling them apart you can always visit your doctor for assistance.
Today I talked about the causes of keratosis pilaris, how to take care of them, and the difference between keratosis pilaris and acne