What ingredients should you avoid with Keratosis Pilaris?
Avoid coconut oil when treating keratosis pilaris, and most skin issues, frankly. It’s comedogenic, meaning it clogs the pores and tends to make everything worse (with KP, the pores are already clogged, so this would be a double-clog situation). Treating keratosis pilaris is about unclogging those pores, so don’t waste your time with coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a milder oil and might help lessen redness and inflammation around KP bumps.
This is the most important. Maintaining soft skin is how you avoid the hard plugs that clog the hair follicles, causing KP.
A wonder ingredient that exfoliates and moisturizes.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (“AHA’s”)
Gentle chemical exfoliants, including lactic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid.
A common skincare ingredient, especially in acne products, it’s a chemical exfoliant as well.
Vitamin A (AKA Retinol)
Common in anti-aging products, or by prescription.
Can irritate skin, causing inflammation which exacerbates KP. Look for products marked “fragrance free.”
Clogs pores (see above).
Rough fabrics like wool, and tight clothing (like athletic leggings).
Though tempting, scratching or “popping” KP will inflame skin.
Will dry out skin, encouraging more KP.
Another cause for dry skin. Be sure to rinse and moisturize if you go for a dip.
Mass Index Recommends:
5 fl oz
This is a leave-on chemical exfoliant (10% AHA) that dissolves build-up of dead skin cells with soothing ingredients that help calm visible irritation.
net wt 4 oz (2)
This is a set of two physical exfoliating bricks for body skin made of fine sanding crystals compressed within a moisturizing, soothing base.
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Dr. Michele Farber, MD, FAAD
Dr. Michele Farber, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York.
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Small, harmless bumps of dead skin cells that form around the hair follicle.
KP, chicken skin, bumpy arms, permanent goose bumps
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Frequently Found On
Back of upper arms, outer thighs, back of thighs, outer calves
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