Keratosis Pilaris. Little red bumps. Chicken skin.
This very common condition affects an astounding 40% of adults.1 Your patients likely want to know where all the flesh-colored or red bumps, “chicken skin” on their arms, legs, and thighs are coming from. Here’s a simple way to explain keratosis pilaris (“KP”) to them.
The body produces keratin, a natural protein of the skin, which can build up in the pores around the hair follicles. The more keratin and dead skin cells that build up, the larger the scaly plugs become, creating those patches of unsightly flesh-colored or red bumps.
While there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, there are important steps your patients can take to help manage its appearance—especially during the colder months when there’s less moisture in the air and KP is at its worst.
Reference: 1. Alai NN. Keratosis pilaris. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1070651-overview. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Tips for a Positive Keratosis Pilaris (“KP”) Treatment
Keep the skin well hydrated
Avoid extremely hot baths and showers
Use a mild soap or cleanser
Moisturize With AmLactin®
To soften rough, dry skin associated with KP, your patients might need a heavy-duty moisturizer like AmLactin® Skin Care. AmLactin® moisturizers contain alpha-hydroxy therapy, which is effective at exfoliating and hydrating the skin. The formulas also contain emollients and humectants that help retain the skin’s moisture and draw water to the skin so it looks and feels soft and smooth.
"KP is not fun because it can be unsightly and tends to rear its ugly head during a person’s teens and twenties, when people are particularly vulnerable to criticism from their peers,” said Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. “Littleredbumps.com educates visitors on KP and dry skin management and, in addition, offers tips on how to beautify your skin with the ultimate goal of getting it to look and feel its very best at any age."
Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Be sun smart: use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.