Pilaris Keratosis

July 2, 2011

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Pilaris follicularis is a more specific name for keratosis pilaris. In this type of condition the effect is mainly follicular meaning that the hair follicles are the ones that are attacked. When infected, the skin develops rough and dry lesions that are mostly chapped due to over production of keratin in the skin. These are never painful and are neither itchy too.

Keratosis pilaris is usually inherited. Therefore, it is hereditary. This involves bumps that have an ingrown hair. This ingrown hair is usually coiled and is a result of capping off of the hair follicle by the skin that is now full of keratin causing the hair to grow in the follicle. The hair does not exist anymore after these occurrences. With all these, hard plugs are formed on the skin which are then referred to as lesions.

Keratosis pilaris has no cure but it has several treatments. Treatment is not necessary but should you decide to treat this kind of keratosis, then you need a lot of commitment, dedication and consistency in order to achieve best results. The treatments also do take some time to work and that is why you need to have all these virtues.

Lesions of this kind of keratosis are usually dry and chapped. Ensure that you use alcohol free moisturizing lotions in order to soften the bumps and make them better in texture hence improving the lesions.

Drink plenty of water. Water is good for the skin as it keeps it at its optimal temperature and also replenishes it. Increase your water intake too about 12 glasses a day. This will ease the state of keratosis.

Take foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids soften the lesions hence making them less coarse. Sources of omega 3 fatty acids include walnuts, salmon and flax seeds. This is a good option for keratosis treatment.

Cleansing agents that are soapless and mild are also used to treat this kind of keratosis. If you use soapy cleansers, you will subject yourself to irritation and itchiness.

You should also try exfoliating. Exfoliate using exfoliating cream. You can also use creams that are rich in acidic vitamin A and tretinoin.

Keratosis pilaris follicularis is treatable though not curable. There are plenty of options and therefore, do not hesitate.

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