Is Keratosis Pilaris Hereditary Condition?

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Keep your skin moist as long as you can!

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Remember that dry skin can be one of factors that can trigger the problem. In fact, keratosis pilaris often coexists with dry skin condition.

Although this skin condition is hereditary, but this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do if you have a family history of the disease. Keeping your skin moist (especially if you have dry skin) is one of common suggestions to prevent lots of skin problems, including for keratosis pilaris.

To give extra moisture, use moisturizers every day if necessary! Moisturizer can help keep water from escaping, keeping your skin moist longer. For best result, use thicker moisturizer such as brands Cetaphil and Eucerin.

Wash the skin carefully!

Drying, harsh soaps should be avoided if you have dry skin because they can make the problem get worse. Instead, choose and use mild soaps such as Dove, Neutrogena, or Basis that have added fats and oils!

You may need to try several brands until you find one that works best for your skin. The simple formula, your skin should feel smooth and soft after cleansing! If after bathing your skin becomes tight and dry, try another one!

The use of antibacterial detergents and deodorant should be avoided, too. They are harsh and can make your skin become dry even more.

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Use lukewarm water, not hot water! And limit your bath time, don’t take it too long! Both long showers and the use of hot water can remove lots of essential oils in the skin.

After bathing or washing, gently and slowly pat or blot the skin with a towel to make some moisture remain on your skin. Then immediately moisturize the skin with a cream or oil!

Watch on the humidity level of your room!

The bad air, especially low humidity, surrounding you can dry out your skin. Therefore, it is not bad idea to use a humidifier, particularly during winter.

There are lots of humidifier products to choose from. Purchase one that meets to your special needs and budget! And don’t forget about the regular maintenance for the unit – keep it clean to ward off fungi or bacteria!

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/causes/con-20025750
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/keratosis-pilaris/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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