One of the more effective treatments to help keep keratosis pilaris (KP) at bay is by exfoliating regularly. Exfoliation is the process by which the oldest dead skin cells are removed from the outer layer of skin, thus revealing healthier, younger-looking skin underneath. Exfoliation is especially important to KP sufferers as it helps to remove excess keratin that continually clogs pores.
Learning how to get rid of keratosis pilaris with exfoliation requires a brief explanation of the methods available to you.
Dry Brush Exfoliation
Dry skin brushing is a form of exfoliation that uses a skin brush or loofah. The act of brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps to release toxins and boost circulation in the body. Depending upon the severity of your condition, gently brush the small hard bumps on skin one to two times per day in a circular motion, making sure the skin is dry beforehand. Keep in mind that the affected area should not be brushed vigorously as this can potentially worsen the condition.
Baking Soda Exfoliation
While better known as a cooking ingredient, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) makes an excellent exfoliator due to its properties—a white substance perfect for sloughing off dead skin cells without causing irritation. To use, simply combine baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Apply liberally to the affected area, massage and rinse.
Another multi-purpose food is oatmeal. Its hard texture helps to remove old cell debris without irritating the skin. There is also the added benefit of oatmeal containing vitamin E, a nutrient vital to skin healing. To use, simply grind some oatmeal in a food processor, add warm water to form a paste, apply to the skin, massage and rinse.
How To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris With Exfoliation Video
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Chemical exfoliants work by entering the skin and weakening the skin cell binding before the old dead skin cells can easily be removed. People with particularly sensitive skin may benefit from this approach, as it is less abrasive than the physical methods of exfoliation previously mentioned. There are two main types of chemical exfoliants:
Beta Hydroxy Acid Exfoliant (BHA)
A popular form of BHA is the oil-soluble compound called salicylic acid. It works by unclogging the pores from inside out, which removes dead skin cells.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Exfoliant (AHA)
Many body washes, lotions, cleansers, and toners contain AHA in the form of glycolic and lactic acids (derived from sugarcane and milk respectively). As opposed to BHA’s, these particular acids help to exfoliate the outer part of the skin, releasing dead cells while moisturizing the skin.
By exfoliating with one or more of the mentioned techniques, you should see the annoying tiny bumps on skin caused by keratosis pilaris reduce over time.