Keratosis Pilaris

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless, albeit annoying and unappealing, condition which makes the skin appear to have rough, hardened little bumps on their skin, which some akin to having permanent goosebumps (British Skin Foundation). Keratosis Pilaris is oftentimes due to hereditary factors and is characterized by old skin cells that flake off as a fine dust that can clog pores. The bumps tend to appear on the buttocks, thighs, and upper arms (though some may develop them on their cheeks), with many reporting that these bumps disappear in the summer but reappear in colder months (American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology). Most people see their keratosis pilaris resolve itself by age 30 (MayoClinic)

How Often Should I Exfoliate Keratosis Pilaris?

Those suffering from Keratosis Pilaris oftentimes have dry skin. Therefore, it may be best to exfoliate once a week, in order to avoid further irritation. If your skin responds well to once-weekly exfoliation but still needs some extra help, you may want to try exfoliating twice a week and seeing how your skin responds.

What Ingredients Should I Use?

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If you read our ViaBuff Blog, you know that we love salicylic acid. This potent keratolytic agent can break down intercellular bonds between hardened or dead skin cells so that they can be more easily removed (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology). Even better, salicylic acid absorbs more quickly into dried skin and acts for a longer period in dry skin than it does in normal or oily skin (Clinics in Dermatology) – a bonus for those of us who suffer from especially dry skin and Keratotis Pilaris. Want to learn more salicylic acid? Check out our article 5 Things that You Never Know about Salicylic Acid.