If you’ve ever seen a reddish rash on your cheeks, arms, or legs, and it’s not acne, chances are you may be suffering from Keratosis pilaris, or KP. Worldwide, over 50 percent of the population will suffer from KP at some point in their lifetime, with 50-80% of adolescents and 40% of adults being affected at some point in any given year (eMedicine, 2008).
If you carry the gene for KP, when your skin is exposed to cold or dry conditions (like winter!), your skin will produce excess keratin, a protein that is naturally found within the skin. KP is worsened with exposure to cold and dryness, both of which signal the skin to produce more “hydrating” proteins (and hence more keratin, which clogs the pores further). Unfortunately, other than staying on a beach all the time (which prevents its own problems), if you are prone to getting KP, you will always get KP: it is a genetic condition.
KP also tends to increase with age. As you get older, the excess keratin has nowhere else to go but to clog the pores. This is called hyperkeratinization.
Since pores contain a hair follicle, the excess keratin in the pore prevents the hair from growing optimally. (How would you like growing if you had a big blob of goo above your head all the time?!) The hair eventually becomes encased inside the keratin. So this is why many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair.
THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR KERATOSIS PILARIS
The best treatments for KP are those that are designed to exfoliate the skin deeply. The ultimate treatment, believe it or not, is actually laser hair removal (eMedicine, 2014), which will remove the hair as well as the keratin “plug” that encapsulates it, as well as exfoliate the skin. It’s actually quite a beautiful one-two punch.
The best keratosis pilaris treatment is AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection. Not only does this intensive serum contain 17 skin-beneficial amino acids, but it also includes skin-exfoliating retinyl palmitate and vitamin C as sodium ascorbyl phosphate. Together, these ingredients will increase cell turnover, decreasing the keratin “plug” and exfoliating and refining the skin!
Ingredients in Perfect Reflection:
Purified Water (EAU), Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Ubiquinone, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Diaminopropionoyl Tripeptide-33, L-Lysine HCl, L-Histidine HCl, L-Arginine HCl, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Threonine, L-Serine, L-Glutamine, L-Proline, L-Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Valine, L-Methionine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Acetyl Tyrosine, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhextlglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Carbomer, PEG40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance and Yellow 5.
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a genetic condition, and it is likely to get worse with age, as more keratin builds up in the follicle.
Luckily, regular exfoliation may aid KP. We recommend using AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection, with 17 amino acids, exfoliating retinyl palmitate, and skin-beneficial sodium ascorbyl phosphate!