Keratosis refers to a group of skin conditions that affect many people all over the world. The causes of this condition are many and varied. Keratosis may be caused by: genetic conditions, exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, exposure to ultraviolet light, and many others. There are several types of this condition including: actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, keratosis pilaris, senile keratosis, and hydrocarbon keratosis. These conditions all have visible effects on the skin and can sometimes have very uncomfortable side effects.
There are many treatments available for dealing with this condition and they are chosen based on the type of keratosis being treated. Treatments range from lifestyle changes to application of cosmetic products to surgical intervention. Keratosis can be treated with the use of creams. Some forms of keratosis can completely be dealt with by application of creams. Others require more drastic measures such as clinical and laser surgery.
Topical creams are very helpful in treatment of keratosis, notably, keratosis pilaris, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, and senile keratosis. A topical cream for treating keratosis is an option that many people would take due to the ease with which it can be applied. There are also very few rules regarding use of such a cream.
The only prerequisite before buying a cream for treating keratosis is visiting a dermatologist for observation and provision of a prescription. Afterwards, there are many drug stores where the cream can be purchased. The cost of creams used in keratosis treatment is also relatively affordable compared with other methods of treating the conditions. Topical creams have been proven to be very good in treating senile keratosis. Compared to other methods of treating keratosis, creams have very little risk of causing scarring on the affected areas.
There are many manufacturers of creams used for treating keratosis. The chemical compositions of the creams therefore vary greatly. The chemicals contained in the creams are mostly designed to deal with skin keratosis. Varying compositions of the creams therefore make the creams suitable for different types of keratosis since each chemical acts differently on the keratosis.
The method of operation of the creams is however quite similar. Most of the creams used in treating conditions such as keratosis pilaris are designed to act against the chemical compound cysteine. This is the main compound used to make keratin by the body. The creams break down the chemical bonds that join cysteine and sulfur and causes keratosis to disintegrate. The process is comparable with chemical exfoliation.