Keratosis Pilaris is small, hard bumps appear on skin these are dead cells plugging follicles. It is commonly seen on arms, legs, back or buttocks. Eruption are red or brown in color & usually harmless. This condition worsens during winter.
It is caused due to build-up of keratin. Keratin is a hard protein which protects the skin against infection & harmful substances. The keratin buildup form plug blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Many such plugs create hard rough bumpy skin called as Keratosis Pilaris. Exact cause of why it happens is unknown, but it is mostly associated with other skin condition like dry skin, Ichthyosis, atopic dermatitis & genetic diseases.
Exfoliation: Daily gentle exfoliation removes the dead cells & help to improve skin appearance.
Warm bath: Hot long bath can remove skin oil & make the condition worse, so quick warm bath helps unclog the pores & retain skin moisture.
Moisturize your skin: Use moisturizer immediately after bath when skin is still moist. This helps trap moisture in skin. Thicker moisturizer works better.
Use humidifier: Humidifier adds moisture to the room air which maintains your skin moisture & prevents skin dryness.
Avoid tight cloths: Tight skin can create the friction which can irritate the affected skin.
Well selected homeopathic medicine helps treating Keratosis Pilaris. Selection of remedy is based on presenting symptoms &individualization approach. Aim of homeopathy treatment is not only to treat the symptoms but treat underline cause. Few homeopathic medicines which are useful in treating Keratosis are: Rhus Tox, Borax, Agaricus M, Merc Sol.
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