February 19, 2014

4 Steps To Reduce Keratosis Pilaris

"What’s with this bumpiness on my arms, and why do I break out on my butt all the time?!"

I get asked this question a lot

The answer? 

The bumpiness and breakouts are caused by a condition called Keratosis Pilaris, or as its commonly referred to, "KP".

KP occurs when skin cells over-accumulate protein granules before they are supposed to gather together to form the protective top layer of the skin while mixing with normal bodily oils and waxes. What happens next is a prickly mess built up in many pores, resulting in that “goose-bumpy” feeling and the prevention of hairs from coming through the follicle properly, which leads to a few pimples.
On the buttocks and thighs, the pressure and friction from sitting and from rough clothing (like jeans) pushes more dead skin cells and oils into the pores, causing more clogging and irritation.

The answer to this nightmare is to get into the routine of exfoliation to slough away dead cells from both inside and outside the pores, moisturize without pore clogging, and protect your skin from friction. 

In terms of exfoliation, this is achieved inside the pores using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO), and outside on skin’s surface using exfoliating gloves in the shower.  After this, moisture absorption and prevention of friction is then achieved with a revolutionary new treatment called FerroRosa FrictionFix®, which should be applied daily before getting dressed and again at lunchtime or before working out.  

The overall treatment for your arms, legs, thighs, or butt would be as follows:

Step 1)   Use exfoliating gloves every shower with a Salicylic Acid body wash or BPO face wash on affected areas. 
Step 2)   After your shower, use an AHA hydrating lotion over entire affected areas.
Step 3)   Apply non-clogging sunscreen to the area religiously unless you are certain the area will have absolutely no sun or office light exposure. If there is no UV exposure, no other moisturizer is needed 
Step 4)   Apply medium coat of FerroRosa FrictionFix® to the entire affected area, before getting dressed, at lunchtime, and before working out. Apply with your hands or with a cotton-round.

It is also a good idea to avoid body washes with artificial fragrance.  If you do not moisturize with an AHA lotion, body lotions should not contain any avocado, palm or coconut oils, or cocoa or shea butters, as these are very pore-clogging. 

You should also avoid products that contain mineral oil, petrolatum or petroleum jelly, so your skin can begin to shed its dead skin cells and allow the free flow of its own oil.  Most moisturizers out there are clogging, so you should really only use a lotion recommended by your skin care professional.

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