Q: How do you treat keratosis pilaris?
A: There is no permanent cure for keratosis pilaris. The treatment options available for this skin condition are used for alleviating its signs and symptoms.
Conventional treatment method involves the use of medicated retinoid and/or exfoliant creams to remove dead skin cells and unclog plugged hair follicles. Laser treatment may also be recommended to treat severe inflammation and redness. But you should keep in mind, though, that these methods may lead to a variety of side effects, including skin irritation, discoloration and itching.1
You may opt for natural home remedies if you’re looking for a safe way to alleviate keratosis pilaris. Some of the natural ingredients that you can use as a moisturizer include coconut oil, tea tree oil and olive oil. You may also use oatmeal, Epsom salt and sugar to exfoliate dead skin cells.2,3 Be sure to consult your doctor before applying anything on your skin to prevent complications from occurring.
Q: What does keratosis pilaris look like on the face?
A: Patients with keratosis pilaris on the face usually looks flushed, since it causes patches of small, reddish bumps. Upon closer inspection, the affected facial skin may look dry and chapped. Some cases of facial keratosis pilaris also resemble acne.4
Q: How do you get rid of keratosis pilaris on the face?
A: There is no treatment method to get rid of keratosis pilaris on the face for good, since researchers have yet to find a permanent cure for this condition. The only thing that you can do to keep it from ruining your appearance is to reduce your skin bumps and discoloration.
The best way to do this is by moisturizing and exfoliating your skin regularly using natural ingredients. You should avoid facial products that contain harsh chemicals, as they may irritate your skin and worsen your keratosis pilaris — use mild skincare and/or cosmetic products instead. Lifestyle and dietary changes may help relieve facial keratosis pilaris as well. To determine the treatment plan that’s specifically tailored to your needs, it’s best to consult a physician.5
Q: Is keratosis pilaris hereditary?
A: Keratosis pilaris may be a hereditary condition. Statistics show that there is a significant number of keratosis pilaris patients with a family member who’s also afflicted by this skin condition. Based on this, researchers suggest that people with a parent who’s suffering from keratosis pilaris have a higher chance of developing this disorder than the rest of the general population.6