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Keratosis pilaris (also called ichthyosis follicularis, lichen pilaris, or follicular xeroderma) is a very common genetic condition. I will explain that keratosis pilaris is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps or papules on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. People suffering from these symptoms find that they most often appear on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.
The one exception where this disease can be manifested is
glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet) which is another
condition known as
. Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for
Keratosis pilaris is the result of abnormal keratinization that is limited to the hair follicles, manifesting itself as discrete, tiny follicular papules. Although these bumps are generally harmless, they can affect a person's self confidence and could reduce a person's quality of lifestyle.
Keratosis pilaris affects almost 50% of the world's population and is particularly likely to affect anyone prone to
eczema. Many teens or people experiencing
hormonal changes or imbalances can also show signs of these symptoms.
This disease is treatable with the proper knowledge and products. To get the positive results you can achieve, follow these recommendations which will effectively eliminate crustiness, flaking, and dry, rough chicken skin:
First, be aware that conventional medications such as hydocortisone and steroids can bring more harm than good because of the large risk of side effects they can produce. Start with the basics such as diet and skin care, and this will significantly improve your condition.
Secondly, since keratosis pilaris is a condition which indicates lack of moisture and imbalance to the immune system and skin function, following as many of the following recommendations will bring great results.
1) Daily cleansing of the body both INTERNALLY and EXTERNALLY is very important. Washing with a hypo-allergenic "non-soap" wash helps the process of washing away the dead skin cells from the skin. Additionally, using an all natural and highly nutritive supplement will assist your body in the proper functioning of the bodily systems thereby strengthening your immune system.
2) You need to bring moisture back to your skin, by increasing water intake substantially as well as moisturizing your skin with the proper cream containing the best, healthful ingredients.
Vitamin-derived antioxidants from plant sourced ingredients not only make the best ingredients for your "inside", but for your "outside" as well. For instance, vitamin C is essential for collagen formation and helps to maintain the integrity of skin tissue.
3) In addition, you need to restore balance through proper nutrition which will greatly affect your immune health. We highly recommend essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 & GLA as well as Chlorella and Spirulina that provides superior and unbeatable nutrition.
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