Much Like Psoriasis Skin Disease But Can Disappear As You Get Older
Keratosis Pilaris or what is called "chicken skin" because of the goose bump-like tiny bumps that form on the skin causing it to look like chicken skin has no cure, but it can be treated successfully until it disappears on its own. As of date 2012, doctors say there is no treatment for the annoying but non life-threatening skin condition that affects mostly children. Doctors usually prescribe steroids or another anti-inflammatory skin agent to treat the problem and keep it manageable. However, many people, especially parents of small children do not want to use strong steroids which could have more serious side effects on their baby's tender skin.
How Do You Get Keratosis Pilaris?
As of 2012, information about Keratosis Pilaris is limited. However, doctors say that the it is usually hereditary and most often disappears as some point in a person's life. This means it could last 1 year, 10 years, 30 years or more. Until it disappears on its own, all you can do is treat the skin condition. Keratosis Pilaris may be just like goosebumps, just bumps that appear on the skin like when you are cold, nervous or afraid without itching or hurting. There are some forms of Keratosis Pilaris that do itch and do have some slight pain. Some people manage the skin condition like they would handle poison ivy or psoriasis. Others may take the prescription skin medication prescribed to them by their doctors, and still yet, others seek natural treatment for their Keratosis Pilaris since it can potentially be a long-term skin condition.
So What Can I Do To Treat Keratosis Pilaris Without Steroids Or Prescription Skin Medication?
Antifungal and Anti-bacterial soap or bath wash
Bathe with an anti bacterial soap like dial or castile soap. If you like bubble baths, you can use Dr. Bonner's castile liquid soap in eucalyptus or tea tree to help combat the skin condition. If you have your own bubble bath, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil and or eucalyptus oil in your bath water.
Add Goldenseal and Echinacea herbs in cheese cloth or an herbal mesh bag and put it in a warm bath. It should work like a tea bag inside the hot water. Bath in the bath water as normal.
Anti-Itch and Moisturizing Lotion
Aveeno has a great product called "Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion." It is different that all of the other Aveeno products because it is concentrated. This concentrated anti-inflammatory formula can work as your lotion, but it can be a good way to keep your condition under control and keep your skin comfortable. Those who have extra dry skin in the winter or the summer time will also find relief with this very concentrated anti-itch, anti-inflammatory formula from Aveeno.
You can ge the "Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion, 4-Ounce Bottle," from Amazon. You can also get it from pharmacy stores like CVS. However, when you see them in the CVS you should grab a bunch because this particular Aveeno product is not always in the stores. It is about $8 or $9 per bottle at CVS.Credit: Amazon.com
Ingredients inside the Aveeno Anti-Itch concentrated lotion that makes it so effective include:
- Calamine (Which is a skin protectant)
- Pramoxine HCL (Which is an analgesic-meaning it helps with the itching/pain sensation)
- Other Natural Ingredient List: Oat Kernal, Oat Kernal Flour, Oat Kernel Oil, Camphor, water and a few other additives.
Although the Calamine soothes the skin, especially those who do have the itch or the pain, It may be the Oat and the Oat Kernal Oil as well as the camphor that actually combats the bumps and gives the smooth skin with little or no bumps. A combination of antibacterial, non drying soap with the Aveeno concentrated lotion should give you relief and less noticable bumps if used over time.
Although it has the potential to be a long-term skin condition, Keratosis Pilaris can be treated naturally to help you feel comfortable and gradually heal the skin. Always talk with your doctor or dermatologist before trying any natural methods to treat your skin condition. Your doctor or dermatologist will be able to advise you on whether the bath combination with the Aveeno is good for your individual skin. Each person is different and what works for one, may not work for another, so it is always best to talk with your doctor, health care practitioner or dermatologist and get her advise on how to proceed further. He may have some other natural suggestions to help you treat your or your child's Keratosis Pilaris.