What is Keratosis Pilaris or “chicken skin” and how to treat it.

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This benign skin condition is the result of a buildup of keratin — a hair protein — in the pores. If you have chicken skin, the keratin of your body hair gets clogged in the pores, blocking the opening of growing hair follicles. As a result, a small bump forms over where a hair should be. If you were to pick at the bump, you may notice a small body hair emerge.

Who can develop keratosis pilaris?
Chicken skin is common in people with:

dry skin
eczema
ichthyosis
hay fever
melanoma
obesity
women
children or teenagers
Celtic ancestry

Anyone can be susceptible to this skin condition, however it’s most common in children and teenagers. Keratosis pilaris often begins in the late infancy years or during adolescence. It typically clears up in one’s mid-twenties, with most cases completely gone by the age of 30

Professional Treatments
An Esthetician can help treat the area with an intense moisturizing and exfoliating treatment.  Lactic acid is commonly used as it’s natural healing and moisturizing benefits go deep into the epidermis creating a more even skin texture.  Microdermabrasion is also a common and highly effective treatment of manual exfoliation.  This opens up the inflamed hair follicles that create the bumpy texture of Keratosis Pilaris.  This is most effective when done before the Lactic Acid application for deeper penetration.  Retinoid creams can also remove dead skin cells or prevent hair follicles from being blocked.

Treatment methods

-microdermabrasion, an intense exfoliating treatment
-chemical peels
-retinol creams

Keratosis pilaris home remedies
If you don’t like the look of your keratosis pilaris, there are some techniques you can try to treat it at home. Though the condition cannot be cured, self-care treatments can help to minimize bumps, itching, and irritation.

Warm baths. Taking short, warm baths can help to unclog and loosen pores. Rub your skin with a stiff brush to potentially remove bumps. It’s important to limit your time in the bath, however, because longer wash times can remove the body’s natural oils.
Exfoliation. Daily exfoliation can help to improve the appearance of the skin. Dermatologists recommend gently removing dead skin with a loofah or pumice stone.
Coconut oil. Coconut oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a base to a sugar scrub to help exfoliate and soothe itchy, dry skin.
Avoid tight clothes. Wearing tight clothes can cause friction that can irritate the skin.
Humidifiers. Humidifiers add moisture to the air in a room, which can maintain the moisture in your skin and prevent itchy flare-ups.

About.face Keratosis Pilaris treatment $75

Includes microdermabrasion of infected area and a Lactic Acid peel with hydrators.  Recommend four to six treatments for optimal results.  Email dinacrowell@gmail.com or text/call 703-862-9403 for appointments.

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