The most effective way to treat keratois pilaris is through exfoliation. Combining physical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants will soften and smooth away even the driest, roughest, bumpiest skin.
First, start by using a mild sulfate-free, low-foaming, non-drying cleansing gel along with a loofah or body cloth while showering. Scrub in circular motions for about two minutes, and rinse well. Be sure to avoid using bar soap as it can be too drying, which can lead to cell build up, ultimately worsening the problem.
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After showering, apply an alcohol-free exfoliating serum with glycolic acid or lactic acid. These ingredients work to effectively dissolve and digest dead cells to dramatically smooth the skin. You can then apply a body lotion over an acid serum. Repeat this step every other day to keep the bumps at a minimum, thereby revealing softer, smoother skin. Be sure to always apply a body lotion after every shower to improve the skin’s overall appearance and to discourage dry cells from forming.
Definitely do not pick or scratch the skin, as this will only increase unwanted pigment within the cells, leaving the skin with red or dark marks. And, hyperpigmentation is often just as difficult to treat.
While it’s impossible to get rid of keratosis pilaris permanently when you do have it, the condition should improve considerably when you follow this regimen consistently.
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