Signs and Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris (KP)
Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition caused by the accumulation of dead skin (keratin) around hair follicles. The propensity toward KP may be inherited. More often than not, you’ll feel KP before you see it. You can most commonly find it over the outer upper arm and outer upper thighs. If you raise your arms and turn them slightly you’ll be able to see the rough, almost goose-bump-like raised papules. The fine bumps, typically the size of grains of sand, can be the color of your skin or slightly red in appearance. The condition is generally worse in the winter and often clears in the summer. It is self-limiting and disappears with age. The doctor can diagnose the condition easily during a physical exam.
Safe and Effective Treatments for KP
Glytone® Exfoliating Body Wash is highly effective in removing dead skin cells as you wash in the shower or bath. It contains glycolic acid at a high enough concentration to slough off old, dry skin. It will leave the skin smooth and silky to the touch. Glytone® Exfoliating Body Wash is gentle enough to use daily in the shower.
A recent press release from the Skin Cancer Foundation expressed the opinion that exfoliating dead skin cells is one good way to help avoid skin cancer because aberrant skin cells can be removed before they cause harm.
The use of both an exfoliating body wash and a hydrating lotion is an effective way to help reduce or eliminate the unsightly dry, red bumps of keratoses pilaris. Each contains the powerful exfoliator, glycolic acid, but the formulations differ in strength and in regard to the other important ingredients.
Glytone Body Lotion contains distinctive emollients and glycolic acid to smooth and hydrate the skin. It has more than four to five times the glycolic content of even the strongest over-the-counter AHA moisturizer. It is available only through physicians. Glytone Body Lotion rids your skin of dry, sun damaged, and dead skin cells leaving a soft, smooth feel that you’ll love to touch.