Keratosis Pilaris

What is it?
Keratosis pilaris is a very common condition which characterizes small, hard, dry pimples usually found on the upper arms, chest or back.

Keratosis pilaris is caused by an over production of Keratin called hyperkeratinisation. This forms as a plug in the hair follicle which gives the appearance of chicken skin, goosebumps and an uneven lumpy texture.

Although keratosis pilaris looks like a rash it rarely causes discomfort, but it can often be mistaken for acne or a skin irritation.

The condition is commonly found in patients that suffer from eczema or psoriasis and often worse in winter as the skin dehydrates and becomes dry.

How is keratosis pilaris treated?

Unfortunately there is no ‘miracle cure’ for keratosis pilaris but the condition can be significantly reduced using products with glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. These products help to keep the skin hydrated, nourished and refined.

  1. Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser: A gently exfoliating, non-irritating face and body wash that improves the skins texture and hydration. Use daily.
  2. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub: A deeply exfoliating treatment designed to penetrate the skin while jojoba beads buff the skins surface. Glycolic acts as a ‘Pac-Man’ type agent that dissolves the glue that binds dead skin cells. In doing so it creates a pathway for hydrating products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Use 3 times per week.
  3. Skinstitut Hand and Body Lotion: Reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone and intensely hydrates the skin. This soothing cream helps to prevent hyperkeratinisation by repairing the skins natural protection barrier.  Use daily.

Using a combination of these three products will dramatically improve skin texture and the overall appearance of keratosis pilaris. It is important to keep the skin exfoliated and hydrated to maintain good results.

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  1. Julie Batson

    Hi, My daughter has Keratosis Pilaris with persistent erthema, her dermatologist has referred her to Adelaide Plastic Surgery as requested by her for Laser treatment to get rid of the redness. As we live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, is there an accredited Laser Clinic down our way to do this? Preferably where a plastic surgeon visits as recommended by her dermatologist.

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