Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is often referred to as “chicken skin”. As estimated, around 40% to 50% of adults and 50% to 80% of adolescents worldwide are affected by this kind of skin condition. The degree varies from minimal to severe. Although very unsightly, keratosis pilaris is completely harmless or non-contagious. Most people don’t even know they have it. A Keratosis Pilaris spa treatment will help treat the problem. Here is how you can use one.
Step #1: Research about Keratosis Pilaris.
Keratosis Pilaris resembles goose bumps and is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. It usually appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms but sometimes can also occur on the thighs and buttocks or any part of the body except in the palms and soles. Keratosis pilaris usually worsens during winter months or in places with low humidity, because this is the time when skin becomes dry. It could also worsen during pregnancy or show up after birth. The bad thing about this kind of skin condition is that there is no cure, but spa treatments can be very helpful to keep it under control.
Step #2: Start by cleansing the skin.
Cleansing is always a good start in treating Keratosis pilaris. Clean the skin using soap-less cleanser to remove dirt and soften the oil and debris. Never use a soap-based cleanser because it rubs away the natural moisture in your body and could worsen the condition. Use warm water to blend in the cleanser between your hands and gently cleanse the skin. Use only warm water and not hot water because it has the tendency to dehydrate the skin. After the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, remove the cleanser using wet cotton pads.
Step #3: Exfoliate.
Exfoliate the skin to slough off the buildup caused by keratosis pilaris. Use a chemical peel that contains Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid peel to exfoliate. This will chemically break the bond that holds together the keratinized skin cells. Oftentimes, Keratosis Pilaris is accompanied by acne, that’s why glycolic or salicylic acid would be a good choice because it responds well to these acids.
Use protective gloves and mask brush in handling chemical peels. You can use a smaller mask brush in treating the face area, just be sure to avoid the mouth and eye areas. Apply chemical peel to the affected area and let the chemicals stay for at least minutes. Just observe if there is any adverse reaction to your skin. Wash the chemical peel using warm water and soap-less cleanser. Water alone cannot properly neutralize the chemical peel.
Step #4: Use a comedone extractor.
Extract the debris using a comedone extractor or with cotton wrapped fingers. The bumpy skin texture is created because of keratin plugs and trapped hair inside the hair follicle. By extracting this debris the skin will be smoother. Just apply gentle pressure around the clogged follicle until it comes out. Don’t apply too much pressure because this causes inflammation and broken blood vessels. Wipe the skin using a toner.
Step #5: Use sunscreen to protect your skin.
The treated skin will usually be sensitive to UV rays. If you’re going out, apply sunscreen lotion or hydrating moisturizer.
Sometimes treatments can be very disappointing, but with persistence usually this treatment is effective and you will see a satisfactory improvement. If there is no adverse reaction from the skin, it is better to continue the treatment because keratin buildup will continue to form around the hair follicles. Treatment is the only way to control Keratosis Pilaris.