Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris, also known as KP, is a condition that occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with hair and dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. Once clogged, the follicles can become raised and red. These bumps are most commonly found on the upper arms and upper thighs, but can also appear on the face, back and buttock. KP is not painful but people that suffer from it find it annoying and hard to treat. Since this is a hereditary disorder it cannot be sure but with the proper care, it can be reduced. Exfoliation is very important for this condition chemically and physically. Chemical exfoliants such as salicylic, lactic or glycolic acid can help break down the clogged follicles. Physically exfoliating with a bath sponge can also help in the flattening of the bumps.