For at-home care, gentle exfoliants can help soften and smooth away even the driest, roughest, bumpiest skin. This may consist of medicated creams containing alpha-hydroxy, lactic or salicylic acid or urea to moisturize and soften dry skin while helping to loosen and remove dead skin cells. Of course, exfoliation should be followed by a good moisturizer. Over time, this can help improve the appearance of keratosis pilaris.
Tips for relieving keratosis:
- Avoid vigorous scrubbing, as this may irritate your skin and aggravate the condition.
- Be gentle! After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry.
- Use a moisturizing lotion or lubricating cream. While your skin is still moist from bathing, apply a moisturizer that contains urea or alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, chemicals that soften dry, rough skin.
- Try over-the-counter products containing lactic acid. Lactic acid helps remove extra keratin from the surface of the skin.
- During drier months, consider a home humidifier to add moisture to the air inside your home.
While you can’t get rid of this condition permanently, a good skin care regimen with the right products will help reveal smoother, softer skin.
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