What is Keratosis Pilaris?
- by Petra Jelinkova
Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition and is thought to be harmless, but it still can look uncomfortable and inflamed and can be very itchy. The most likely times for children to be affected are either before two years old or during their teenage years. While there is no cure, using our colloidal oatmeal bath soaks and eczema moisturiser will hydrate and soothe the itchiness and inflammation that it causes.
What does Keratosis Pilaris look like?
It looks like tiny bumps on the skin which can be rough to feel and usually flesh coloured. These tiny bumps are usually on the arms, front of the upper thighs and cheeks.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris?
It is caused by a build of protein on the skin’s surface which is called keratin. The skin needs protein to protect the skin’s barrier to stop infection and irritants getting into the skin. If there is too much protein it covers the openings of the hair follicles and causes keratosis pilaris. We don’t yet know what triggers this build up of protein.
What can make your child more likely to be affected by Keratosis Pilaris?
- Dry skin
- A close relative who is affected
How do we treat Keratosis Pilaris?
There is no cure, but keeping the skin well hydrated will help to lessen the itchiness and can also improve the way the skin looks. Our two step bathtime and moisturising routine can help to target keratosis pilaris by relieving the itchiness, dryness and any inflammation.
What else can I do to manage Keratosis Pilaris?
- Use only lukewarm water in the bath and shower
- Avoid washing your child with products that can be drying on the skin e.g soap
- Use a thick moisturiser generously and regularly which will hold the moisture in the skin
- Moisturise your child’s skin immediately after the bath or shower
This blog post was brought to you and your baby with love by Julia and the Itchy Baby Co. team. X
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.