From its scientific name, keratosis pilaris refers to those small pimples that can be found behind the thighs or the arms, and sometimes even on the face. Although it is very common, especially among women, it remains harmless. The main problem it raises is aesthetic, and that’s good news: we have tips for that!
1. Who is affected?
Keratosis pilaris usually appears in childhood and grows during adolescence. If it can persist in young adults, it fades and disappears in the thirties. However, sometimes it does not stop completely or it comes back again after a lull. These cases are relatively rare and occur in people with other skin diseases.
2. How do the buttons manifest themselves?
Small pimples, the appearance of rough, dry skin and “goose bumps” are all symptoms linked to keratosis pilaris. There are three different types of keratosis:
- The red keratosis pilaris. It is a benign infection, but followed by inflammation and redness ;
- The acquired keratosisAcquired keratosis occurs as a result of other dermatological conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
- The atrophic keratosiswhich leads to the obstruction of the pores of the skin and a rarefaction of the hairs.
3. What are the are the consequences?
This condition is not dangerous and does not cause any itching. Most of the time, it is more of an aesthetic issue that pushes to get rid of the problem.
4. Use the right soap
Preferably use skin-friendly soaps and avoid the aggressive shower gels of the big business. The surgras cleansers or the shower oils are good alternatives.
5. Hydrate its epidermis
To limit the rough and dry appearance caused by keratosis, remember to moisturize your skin with a suitable care product. Forget about scented creams, Focus on gentle, soothing products that will deeply moisturize your skin while strengthening its protective barriers. You can also use dry, non-comedogenic oils, such as jojoba oil or argan.
6. Apply essential oils
Some essential oils have strong properties antibacterial and antiseptics. This is the case for tea tree and of lavender. You can mix it with a fatty base like jojoba for example. With a clean cotton pad, dab the affected areas of your thighs.
Essential oils are not harmless and their use should always be tested for allergies beforehand. Do not hesitate to ask for advice from a health professional.
7. Exfoliate its skin
Once a week, it is possible to perform a exfoliating skin care to remove dead skin and unclog your pores. You can buy a product in the shops or make your own scrub. For this, use a sugar base mixed with honey, or coffee grounds to which you add vegetable oil!
8. Take a bath of sea salt
Sea salt baths are an excellent way to clean and purify the skin of bacteria. The salt will also act as an exfoliant to remove dead skin.
- Fill your bathtub with hot water, and pour in a cup of sea salt. You can perform this action while the water is still flowing, this will allow for easier dissolution.
- Then dip your legs in, for at least 15 minutes for it to be effective.
- You can add 3 to 5 drops ofTea tree oil of lavender or of peppermint. The essential oils are not soluble in aqueous liquids, so they must be diluted beforehand in a fatty substance.
9. Banish the pants that are too tight
Jeans, pants, tights, leggings or other synthetic clothing can unfortunately accentuate pimples if they are systematically worn too tight. So make sure you wear clothes that let your skin breathe and that limit the friction. If you are playing sports, make sure you shower and change as soon as possible after your sports session.
10. Avoid Scratching your legs
It may be obvious, but scratching your legs means taking the risk of seeing scars form, and leave an even more lasting harm than the pimples themselves. To prevent this from happening, the best thing you can do is still not touch the pimples you have.
11. Moderate shaving
Don’t shave your legs too often, it encourages acne outbreaks! Always choose a shaving soap or cream for sensitive skin, without perfume. Also, avoid hair removal techniques that go against the grain, as these encourage ingrown hairs and the pimples that accompany them.
12. Be careful to his diet
Bacteria are attracted to sugar, which they feed on to proliferate. Eat foods with little sugar can therefore help reduce pimple outbreaks.
Here is a list of foods that you can choose:
- All the vegetables (except pumpkin, parsnip and beet, which are rich in sugars);
- All fruits Except watermelon and dates. Be aware that banana, papaya, pineapple, mango and grapes have medium glycemic indexes, and that red fruits generally have low GIs;
- The Oilseeds ;
- The yogurt ;
- The black bread, wheat (whole) and whole grain breads ;
- The oatmealthe natural cereals the cereal bran ;
- The Legumes.
You can also bet on the consumption of omega-3, because it would allow a reduction of the molecules responsible for the production of acne. Omega-3s are present in quantity in :
- The lawyers ;
- The Chinese broccoli the spinach the radish seeds sprouted;
- The white fish and the sardines, salmon and mackerel ;
- The spices and herbs such as basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram.