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Products for Keratosis Pilaris Treatment that Actually Work

If you or your kids have Keratosis Pilaris, then you know exactly how hard it can be to find something that helps ease the symptoms.  Keratosis Pilaris causes haven’t really figured out yet, and we know KP can’t be cured. The good news is it can be controlled with the right Keratosis Pilaris treatment.

If you’re looking for a list of products that can be used to treat KP, then you’ve come to the right place.  The following is a list of all the things you might need to combat Keratosis Pilaris in your family.  As you’re well aware I’m sure, treating KP is a trial and error process.  Each product listed below was chosen because it has actually helped folks just like you treat their Keratosis Pilaris, but we are all unique individuals and not every treatment works for every person so you may have to be a little patient.  If what you’ve chosen doesn’t seem to be working, try the next thing.  We know you can find the right treatment routine.  We are here to help.

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Keratosis Pilaris Creams, Moisturizers, and Lotions

Finding the right moisturizer to treat Keratosis Pilaris is where you are probably going to spend most of your time and effort. There are so many options. Here is our list of kpkids approved moisturizers to treat Keratosis Pilaris skin.


CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion

All CeraVe products are developed with Dermatologists to create medical grade products that provide solutions for dry, irritated, or sensitive skin.  This National Eczema Association certified lotion has salicylic and lactic acids that work to soften the hard keratin protein buildup on the surface of the skin and helps get rid of it leaving skin smooth. The is great if your main struggle is keratosis pilaris on legs. The lotion also contains three of the essential ceramides (1, 3, and 6-II)–I know that sounds a little intense, but ceramides are healthy fatty acids that are the major component of the protective layer of our bodies cells.  So this CeraVe lotion not only helps remove the excess keratin but it also supplies extra protection for the cells of your skin.  CeraVe Rough and Bumpy is great at locking in moisture to keep working for hours after you apply it.  On top of all those benefits, this moisturizer is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, making it perfect for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

PRO TIP: We would recommend using this for children ages 3+.  To treat Keratosis Pilaris in babies we recommend starting coconut oil first.

 


AmLactin Daily

Here’s another hypoallergenic and fragrance-free keratosis pilaris lotion.  AmLactin uses alpha-hydroxyl acid (AHA) to powerfully exfoliate and soften the rough skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris.  This guy does a great job of keeping your skin hydrated because it’s packed with emollients that lock in moisture for hours.  AmLactin Daily is great to use as a routine moisturizer applying in the morning and evening.  AmLactin is recommended for ages 3+.

PRO TIP: As with any AHA product, AmLactin is not recommended for facial use. (Use this or this instead on extra sensitive skin) Using an acidic product can cause some stinging and irritation on sensitive or broken skin so use caution and discontinue use if you experience this and switch to a different moisturizer. Also, AHA can increase your sensitivity to sunlight so be sure to use adequate protection (you should be doing that anyway).


Llama Lotion

Wink Naturals is a great little company that is putting out a lot of great products that you can feel good about using for your family.  Their Llama Lotion is no exception.  It’s super gentle and safe to use for treating Keratosis Pilaris in babies and toddlers.  This moisturizer is made of all-natural ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils.  This makes a great daily and even multiple-times-a-day lotion that will help keep your skin healthy.  Wink regularly run specials and discounts on their products and they offer nice savings if you signup for a subscription (I recommend signing up for the subscription either way; you get the discount and you can cancel your subscription before it renews–no questions asked). But if you prefer, you can get a lot of their products, including the llama lotion, on Amazon.

PRO TIP: This lotion is great for maintenance if your KP symptoms are under control or if you batting keratosis pilaris on your face, but if you are struggling with significant redness, bumpiness, or irritation you may want to look at using one of these healing ointments or a stronger moisturizer first to calm things down.


KP Away

KP Away is different than most traditional Keratosis Pilaris treatment products on the market today.  This Dermatologist developed cream doesn’t use acid based exfoliation but instead focuses on maximizing hydration and moisture retention in the skin.  This cream has only 7 ingredients and is completely free of harsh and irritating substances.  It’s even the only product we’ve found specifically designed to treat Keratosis Pilaris that is safe for infants.  Parents in our Facebook group have tried and loved KP Away too so we think it’s worth a shot especially if you want to avoid AHAs.  KP Away is available on Amazon or directly from their website.

PRO TIP: This one comes with a relatively hefty price tag, but it is a large jar (16oz) and the company claims it will last 6-8 months even with liberal use.


KP Duty Moisturizing Lotion

DERMAdoctor is a popular skincare brand and their products designed specifically for Keratosis Pilaris have helped a lot of folks just like yourself.  Their hydrating moisturizer boasts a study showing how their KP Duty moisturizing lotion doubled participants skin moisture levels after 6 weeks of use.  However, it was a small study and their website does not provide a ton of details on the study–so take that with a grain of salt.  This lotion is another AHA product that helps treat Keratosis Pilaris by softening and exfoliating the excess keratin.  The KP Duty line has several products you can use to fight KP including an exfoliating scrub.

PRO TIP: As with any AHA product, KP Duty is not recommended for facial use. (Use this or this instead on extra sensitive skin) Using an acidic product can cause some stinging and irritation on sensitive or broken skin so use caution and discontinue use if you experience this and switch to a different moisturizer. Also, AHA can increase your sensitivity to sunlight so be sure to use adequate protection (you should be doing that anyway).


Eucerin Intensive Repair

Eucerin is another big name in medically-minded skin care.  This is their take on a moisturizing and exfoliating AHA lotion.  The Intensive Repair formula brings some powerful treatment for Keratosis Pilaris.  This lotion has a thick, rich feel and is fragrance-free to mitigate irritation.

PRO TIP: As with any AHA product, Eucerin is not recommended for facial use. (Use this or this instead on extra sensitive skin) Using an acidic product can cause some stinging and irritation on sensitive or broken skin so use caution and discontinue use if you experience this and switch to a different moisturizer. Also, AHA can increase your sensitivity to sunlight so be sure to use adequate protection (you should be doing that anyway).


Coconut Oil

Keratosis Pilaris coconut oil treatment is becoming a huge trend and it is perhaps the best natural treatment for KP.  Coconut oil is one of the most gentle and natural products you can use for your skin. It’s safe for anyone at any age (as long as you don’t have an allergy specific to coconuts–which is rare). You can find it almost anywhere and it can be used in a ton of different ways. We recommend using it right out of the jar as a moisturizer, or you can use it to make your own exfoliating scrub. You can also mix it with cocoa butter to make a moisturizer with a more traditional texture. Another huge plus is that using coconut oil to treat KP is probably the most cost-effective method out there. One big jar will stay good in your cabinet longer than it will take you to use it up.  Keratosis Pilaris natural treatments can be hard to find, but this will not disappoint.

PRO TIP: There are a LOT of options out there when it comes to coconut oil and you want to get the right stuff. We’ll give you the full rundown soon in another post, but for now, we’ll keep it simple. Look for a product that is organic, unrefined, and either virgin or extra virgin (for coconut oil the two terms mean the exact same thing).

Healing ointments for Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris arms and legs can make it hard to not be self-conscious especially if you’re dealing with severe symptoms.   A healing ointment could be the best solution for you to relieve the inflammation that can accompany KP. These help ease the redness, irritation, and possible itchiness that often plagues us.  They are also great for all of the other skin irritations (think diaper rash, chapped skin, or even dry, cracked hands) we experience.


Era Organics Super Balm

This healing balm is completely organic and natural, and it is safe for infants.  You can apply this to any irritated or broken skin to provide relief and start the healing process. Era has packed this balm with tons of healthy oils.  This product is great for Keratosis Pilaris that is out of control or really bothersome to your little guy or gal.

PRO TIP: As with most of these ointments, a little goes a long way.  Try to only apply it to the most irritated areas to make it last.


Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Balm

Here’s another healing ointment that is perfect of babies or even the young at heart that are struggling with Keratosis Pilaris, eczema, or dry skin.  This plant-based emollient has a thick and creamy texture and provides ultimate hydration for relieving all the itching, burning, or roughness associated with common skin conditions.  Stelatopia balm is 100% free of parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanols, steroids, and fragrances.

 


Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

Many parents are acquainted with Aquaphor.  It’s probably the most recommended brand for skin care for babies by pediatricians.  The ointment is great for diaper rash, drool rash, or other minor skin irritations.  It’s hypoallergenic and safe formula coupled with it’s healing promoting skin protection make it perfect for times with Keratosis Pilaris is really angry.


Bum Balm

Wink Naturals Bum Balm is another big win for them.  This is the only diaper rash cream we use, but we’ve also found it useful for the really irritated bumps that pop up with our kid’s KP.  Bum Balm is super thick and a little bit messy, but once it gets it in place it will stay put and keep on protecting the skin underneath.  Just like the Llama Lotion, you can save a little bit by signing up for a subscription on the Wink site, or you can simply buy it on Amazon.

Soaps and Body Washes for Keratosis Pilaris

If you remember from the KP Crash Course, bathing is a crucial part of treating Keratosis Pilaris, but finding a soap to use that isn’t going to make the irritation and dryness worse can be a challenge. These soaps and body washes are gentle and safe to use on even the most sensitive skin. Whichever you choose, remember to not go too crazy…a little goes a long way.


Shea Moisture African Black Soap

African Black Soap has been used to treat eczema and psoriasis for years, but recently it has become a popular soap for Keratosis Pilaris too.  In fact, it is one of the most mentioned products in our Facebook group.  The shea butter helps to cleanse and calm irritated skin without drying it out.  And if you prefer, there is also a liquid body wash version too. 



Wink Naturals Foaming Oil Bath Wash

Norwhal soap (as its affectionally known in our house) is a great way to clean up at bath time.  It is an all-natural product that is gentle and doesn’t dry out your skin when you use it, and it smells fantastic.  On top of all that, if you put a few extra pumps under the running water in the tub, you get a bubble bath that is safe for sensitive skin–now that’s hard to find.  Unfortunately, this is one of the Wink products that isn’t listed on Amazon, so you’ll have to order through their website.

 


Aquaphor Baby Wash and Shampoo

This is body wash is great for helping keep skin moisturized while also being a good gentle cleanser that is good for hair and body.  Aquaphor is a trusted brand and highly recommended by parents and pediatricians alike.  Their gentle, tear-free formula is safe even for newborns and is significantly better than the J & J stuff that most of us are familiar with.


California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash

Don’t let the name fool you, this California Baby’s shampoo/body wash combo is perfect for newborns all the way up to adults.  It is free all the harsh chemicals, parabens, fragrances that we like to avoid, and on top of that it is gluten, dairy, and soy free so it is extra gentle.  This cleanser also has some mighty cleaning power so you can use it for anyone in the family that has sensitive skin issue like KP.


CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

With this product, CeraVe has taken all the benefits of their SA lotion for rough and bumpy skin and mixed it in with gentle cleansing soap.  Salicylic acid provides some extra exfoliation while you scrub.  Like the lotion, this formula is fragrance-free and gentle and does not contain beads and grains as physical exfoliants.  This product probably shouldn’t be your first choice for treating Keratosis Pilaris, especially for young kids, but it can provide some extra help if you are struggling to find the right routine.

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Scrubs for Keratosis Pilaris

Scrubs are a good way to physically exfoliate your skin without using chemical exfoliators. You will probably have the best luck using a scrub every 2-3 days at the end of bath time. Scrubbing too frequently or too vigorously can actually cause increased inflammation and Keratosis Pilaris does not like inflammation.   Here is our list to get you started:


KP Elements Keratosis Pilaris Body Scrub

This body scrub is best used during the shower or bath and helps by physically exfoliating the excess keratin associated with Keratosis Pilaris.  KP Elements contains exfoliating beads along with natural extracts and essential oils to keep the skin healthy while treating your KP.


Shea Moisture Exfoliating Hand & Body Sugar Scrub

We love their African Black Soap, and the sugar scrub from Shea Moisture is almost just as good.  This scrub has an organic, raw shea butter base and promotes healthy skin by exfoliating, moisturizing, and cleansing dry, rough patches.  This scrub is also packed with frankincense and myrrh essential oils to even better help promote healthy skin.  Use it sparingly on your roughest areas of Keratosis Pilaris to help remove the excess keratin.


ArtNaturals Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

Here’s another scrub with a shea butter base, but what’s different about this guy is that it uses Himalayan Pink Salt to exfoliate skin.  This scrub is all natural and made with organic ingredients like jojoba and avocado oils and it is completely free of all the yucky stuff like parabens and phthalates.  Get some and start scrubbing away the KP as soon as you can!

Or better yet…make your own! (it’s super easy)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Just mix it all together in a glass jar and keep it by the tub for easy access. (If you have trouble mixing it together, you could heat up the coconut oil slightly–sometimes just holding the jar of coconut oil tightly in your hands is enough to soften it.)

Exfoliation for Keratosis Pilaris

The scrub products we mentioned above aren’t for everyone.  Even if you get the best, most gentle product out there, it may still cause some irritation, and some folks just don’t want to use something like that–which is totally fine.  You can still exfoliate Keratosis Pilaris prone skin to reduce keratin buildup.  The next section covers items that allow you to physically exfoliate without the use of another jar of some skincare product.  They are loofah substitutes that can help you lather up the soap at bath time and provide gentle scrubbing power without a lot of elbow grease required.  Another benefit of these exfoliating solutions is that they should last you a lot longer than even the biggest tub of sugar scrub.


Norwex Body Cloth

Norwex makes some great household and kitchen cleaning cloths, and now they have a microfiber cloth that is a perfect way to gently exfoliate if you have Keratosis Pilaris.  These body cloths are soft yet scrubby and are perfect for anyone with extra sensitive skin.  Perhaps the best thing about a Nowex cloth is their Bac-lock technology that inhibits bacterial growth on the cloth to keep you from spreading around yucky germs.  And if the cloth ever gets dirty, just toss it in with the laundry and you’ll be ready to go again.


Supracor Spa Bath Mitt Body

This scrubbing mitt for bath time is another great exfoliating tool that comes recommended by parents in our Facebook group. Supracor has developed a lightweight, simple mitt that gets the job done. You just need a tiny dab of soap to be able to work up a good lather so it might even be able to help you use less body wash in the long run. The open-netted design allows the mitt to dry super quickly to impede the growth of fungi or bacteria.


Konjac Sponges

Here is another great sponge to use for anyone in your household.  These are made completely from organic plant products and do not have any hard chemicals that would potentially cause skin irritation.  They are easy to hold and have a string that allows you to hang it up to dry.  You can use this sponge with just the tiniest amount of soap and be able to get your little one clean.  They are so effective, in fact, that you can get clean without using any soap at all!  These things are great and are another favorite of the kpkids community.



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Sunscreen and Bug Spray

 

Being outside is great! But when you have KP to deal with, you have to take some extra precautions to protect your skin. These guys can do just that.


Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreens from Thinksport are arguably the best sunscreens on the market regardless of your sensitive skin issues.  They take an honest, proactive approach to creating safe-for-you products that actually work.  Their Thinkbaby sunscreen is perfect for your baby with Keratosis Pilaris.  This mineral-based sunscreen has over 50 SPF and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes! And just in case you didn’t know…you need to use sunscreen more than you think you do…

PRO TIP: Thinksport products come in stick form too!


Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen

Here is the big kids’ version of the Thinksport Sunscreen.  It’s easy to apply and it doesn’t have that weird “sunscreen smell”.  A high-quality, safe sunscreen is a must for everyone especially if you have sensitive skin issues like KP.

PRO TIP: Thinksport products come in stick form too!


Thinksport Sunscreen

If your KP kid is a 13 or older, you should probably choose this version from the Thinksport line. It has all the benefits that make this company great but with a slightly more robust formula that is better for active teenagers and adults. By far, this is the best sunscreen for people with sensitive skin issues.


CeraVe Sunscreen Stick

CeraVe is a trusted brand for skincare and a favorite of a lot of families with Keratosis Pilaris.  Here is their stick sunscreen that is good for sensitive skin and contains ingredients to help lock in moisture for skin.  It provides broad-spectrum protection and is water resistant for up to 40 mins. If you like CerVe, this is the sunscreen for you.


Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion

Here is another great sunscreen that is safe for babies and children.  It provides broad-spectrum protection and is water resistant for 80 minutes.  And the best part is, it’s made from organic, plant-based oils without all of the harsh chemicals and nanoparticles that give sunscreens a bad name.  This is a great sunscreen choice for babies with Keratosis Pilaris.


Babyganics Natural DEET-Free Insect Repellent

Here is an all-natural bug spray that you’ll feel good about using on your baby or child no matter how young they are.  It’s made up of all natural oils and uses essential oils like citronella and peppermint to deter creepy crawlies and pesky mosquitoes.  Every bug spray I’ve tried makes my skin burn especially if I start to sweat, but this one never does!

Conclusion

Keratosis Pilaris in toddlers, babies, and children can be such a frustrating experience, but with a good plan and some good guidance, you can effectively treat KP!  We hope this list helps clear the muddy waters for you some.  We are here to help in any way we can.  Reach out to us via email or Facebook with any questions you have and be sure to join our private Facebook group full of KP parents just like you.

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NOTE: Always read labels and directions before using any product. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for specific advice about keratosis pilaris.
DISCLAIMER & TERMS OF USE:  Any and all information on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional medical help for proper diagnosis and treatment of your (or your child’s) skin condition. Any products or services advertised here are for informational purposes only and their effectiveness will vary from child to child. You are encouraged to consult a physician or dermatologist to determine what treatment plan will work best for you or your child.  Some links within our website are to Amazon products and we will receive compensation when you make a purchase. Thank you in advance for your support of KPKids.

 

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Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

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Our busy teenagers become more independent from year to year, and teaching them how to manage the health of their skin on their own becomes very important during these years. With hormonal changes, diet variations and sports activities, your teen with keratosis pilaris may find that their KP will flare up or make them self-conscious about their skin.

So how do you teach teens the basics of good skin care at this age? Show them the steps help them establish a solid skin care routine, and remind them often. Show them the best products and tools to use and how to use them effectively to look and feel their best.

 

RELATED: The Top Keratosis Pilaris Products Purchased by Parents in 2017

 

The teenage years are often filled with increasing body awareness, self-reflection and self-doubt. By enabling our teens to care for their sensitive skin, we can help them become more confident in their appearance during these self-conscious years. The more our teenagers can do for themselves, and the more they know about taking good care of their sensitive skin, the more independent and confident they feel about their skin and bodies.

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Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

We’ve tested many products for keratosis pilaris through the years, and have discussed many of them in our Facebook group, the KP Collective (come join for free!). We have come across a few favorites, through trial and error, that may help your teenager care for their keratosis pilaris.

These are some of our favorite brands for treating keratosis pilaris, eczema and dry skin in teens…

 

Top 5 Gentle Skin Scrubs & Exfoliators for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

  1. Konjac Bath Sponges – For Face & Body (small but effective, great to keep in every shower in the house)
  2. Billy Jealousy LiquidSand Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser (super gentle, love this one!)
  3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush (a must-have in every teenager’s bathroom)
  4. Buf-Puf Reusable Facial Sponge, Extra Gentle (great for a quick face wash and perfect for travel bags)
  5. KP Elements Body Scrub – Keratosis Pilaris Treatment (an effective chemical exfoliant and scrub in one)
KPKids Favorite: Billy Jealousy LiquidSand Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

 

Top 5 Hydrating Skin Lotions & Creams for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

  1. CeraVe SA Renewing Skin Lotion (our hands-down favorite)
  2. AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion for Dry Skin (gentle enough for every day)
  3. Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion (great for all-over body moisturizing before bedtime)
  4. Lilah James Natural Rejuvenating KP Cream (recently popular and feels great)
  5. DERMAdoctor KP Duty AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin (well-known KP brand for years)
KPKids Favorite: CeraVe SA Renewing Skin Lotion

 

RELATED:  How a Humidifier can Help your Child’s Dry Skin

 

We want to hear from you!

Come visit our private Facebook group, the KP Collective, and tell us what’s working for you and your family as you treat your child’s keratosis pilaris. Connect with hundreds of other parents from across the globe, share ideas and get tips for caring for you child’s keratosis pilaris. Together, we’ll find something that WORKS.

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The Top Keratosis Pilaris Products Purchased by Parents in 2017

The Top Keratosis Pilaris Products Purchased by Parents in 2017

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We’ve done the research and pulled the reports, and here’s what parents of KP kids were buying in 2017.

These are the top 25 most-purchased KP products in 2017 from our KPKids website. Explore the list below, broken down into categories. Then be sure to hop over to our Facebook group, the KP Collective, to tell us what products are working best for you and your family today.

NOTE: Always read labels and directions before using any product. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for specific advice about keratosis pilaris.

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Top 5 Gentle Cleansers & Bodywashes Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo
  2. Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash with Organic Calendula
  3. CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser
  4. California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash
  5. Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Bodywash, Sulfate Free
 KPKids Favorite: Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash with Organic Calendula

 

 

Top 5 Hydrating Skin Lotions & Creams Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. CeraVe SA Renewing Skin Lotion
  2. AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion for Dry Skin
  3. Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion
  4. Lilah James Natural Rejuvenating KP Cream
  5. DERMAdoctor KP Duty AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin
KPKids Favorite: CeraVe SA Renewing Skin Lotion

 

 

Top 5 Healing Ointments, Oils & Balms Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
  2. Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
  3. Mustela Stelatopia Bath Oil for Eczema-Prone Skin
  4. Mustela Stelatopia Moisturizing Emollient Balm for Eczema-Prone Skin
  5. Era Organics Healing Balm for Babies
KPKids Favorite: Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

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Top 5 Gentle Skin Scrubs & Exfoliators Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. Konjac Baby Bath Sponges – For Face & Body
  2. Billy Jealousy LiquidSand Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
  3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush
  4. Buf-Puf Reusable Facial Sponge, Extra Gentle
  5. KP Elements Body Scrub – Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
KPKids Favorite: Billy Jealousy LiquidSand Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

 

 

Top 5 Sensitive Sunscreens Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
  2. Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Kids Sunscreen SPF 45
  3. CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50
  4. Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
  5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Kids Sunscreen for Face and Body
 KPKids Favorite: Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 & Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+

 

 

Top 5 Gentle Laundry Products Purchased by KP Parents in 2017

  1. Wool Dryer Balls, Reusable Natural Fabric Softener
  2. Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent, Sulfate Free
  3. all Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear for Sensitive Skin
  4. Dreft Hypoallergenic Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent (Stage 1 or Stage 2)
  5. Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets, Free and Gentle
 KPKids Favorite: Wool Dryer Balls, Reusable Natural Fabric Softener

 

We hope that you’ll find this list helpful in learning what other parents of children with keratosis pilaris are using to treat their child’s sensitive skin. Have other suggestions? We’d love to know what’s working for your family.

Come join us in our private Facebook group, called the KP Collective, and tell us about your product wins!

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NOTE: Always read labels and directions before using any product. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for specific advice about keratosis pilaris.
DISCLAIMER & TERMS OF USE:  Any and all information within this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional medical help for proper diagnosis and treatment of your (or your child’s) skin condition. Any products or services advertised here are for informational purposes only and their effectiveness will vary from child to child. You are encouraged to consult a physician or dermatologist to determine what treatment plan will work best for you or your child.  Some links within our website are to Amazon products and we will receive compensation when you make a purchase. Thank you in advance for your support of KPKids.

 

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Dry Skin

5 Things You Don’t Know About Dry Skin

Dry skin is a pain.

Literally, dry skin is a painful reaction to your body’s lack of water. So why does your skin get unusually dry and how do you repair the damage that’s been done? How do you keep your skin healthy and prevent it from itching and feeling tight?

To maintain healthy skin, it’s important to understand the reason why your skin becomes uncomfortably dry. Once you learn the cause and recognize the symptoms of dry skin, you’ll better understand how to treat it and prevent any tightness, flaking or peeling in the future.

Here’s 5 things you may not know about caring for dry skin…

 

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1. Why does your skin get so dry?

There are many factors that can cause your healthy skin to lose moisture and feel uncomfortably dry. Soaps and facial cleansers are one of the most common causes of dry skin. While it’s ironic that the soap or shower gel you use to cleanse your skin of excess oil and dirt can actually strip away the vital nutrients your skin needs, keeping your skin clean and clear is very important.

Preventing Dry Skin | KPKids.netAnother cause of dry skin can be the temperature of your shower or bath. It’s well-known that hot water can pull essential moisture from your skin. Just ask any mom who has just washed a sink-full of dishes how dry and prune-like her hands feel. Opt for shorter showers and warm, but not hot, baths to minimize the moisture loss of your already sensitive skin (especially true for those with keratosis pilaris). See what RELATED: The first step in preventing your healthy skin from becoming overly dry is to exfoliate your skin regularly. Begin with a gentle scrub once a week to remove dead skin cells. Our newest favorite scrub for sensitive skin and keratosis pilaris is this sugar scrub and once you try it, you’ll understand why we love it’s fine-grain silky texture.

Another fine-grain scrub favorite is Ultra-Fine Exfoliating Facial Scrub by La Roche-Posay. For a more substantial scrub to use on the back of your arms or your legs, try KP Duty Scrub from DERMAdoctor or UltraRich Body Scrub with Shea Butter by L’Occitane.

RELATED: sunburn, remember to set up the humidifier after you apply the aloe (we seriously love Mario Badescu’s Aloe Spray).

RELATED: The best times to moisturize your dry skin are immediately after bathing and before bedtime. These are both ideal times to lock in those essential natural skin oils and nutrients that your sensitive skin is craving to be replenished.

If you typically bathe at night, moisturize your skin after bathing and again after waking. Regardless of when you apply your ointment, cream or lotion, be sure to establish a solid routine to prevent dry skin from recurring.

RELATED: As your body’s largest organ, your skin needs water. Strive to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day (if not more). Buy a refillable water bottle (we love Swell water bottles because they keep your water cold for hours). Take your water bottle with you during the day to ensure that you always have drinking water available. You may be surprised how much more water you will drink if it’s easily within your reach.

Example: A 150 lb. person should drink at least 75 ounces of water per day.

When it comes to moisturizing products to apply to your dry skin, look for two ingredients: humectants and emollients. Humectants are ingredients that attract water and moisture into the skin. When you read product labels, you’ll find the most common humectants are hyaluronic acid, lecithin and propylene glycol. Our latest favorite is Water Drench Cream by Peter Thomas Roth and it’s a bestseller for good reason.

Emollients are the ingredients that hold and lock in that moisture to help the skin stay healthy. The most common emollients you’ll find are petrolatum (like Aquaphor), glycerin (like La Roche-Posay), dimethicone (like CeraVe) and lanolin (used by many breastfeeding moms).

RELATED: Recommended Products for Toddlers with KP: 2 – 4 years

 

5. When should you see a doctor or dermatologist?

Preventing Dry Skin | KPKids.netIt is important to know when your skin is more than just unusually dry or perhaps showing signs of another serious skin condition. The most common signs of extremely dry skin are tightening of the skin, loss of elasticity and flaking or peeling.

Any symptoms that include unexplained redness (other than possible RELATED: Facebook group, called KP Collective (you can join for free with 1-click).

See what we’re using in our home to treat our family’s keratosis pilaris here: SHOP OUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS FROM DERMADOCTOR

 

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What Your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire Have Taught Us about Keratosis Pilaris

What Your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire Have Taught Us about Keratosis Pilaris

The results are in! Your helpful responses have taught us volumes about what you, as a parent of a child with keratosis pilaris, are struggling with and how you’re treating this often-frustrating skin condition.

In January of 2017, we asked readers about their experience with their child’s keratosis pilaris, what clears it up, what makes it worse, and what they want to try in the future to improve their skin long-term. We left the survey open for a month, and have made some interesting observations about how you are currently treating your child’s KP and what’s working for you.

We were super excited to read through every response, so THANK YOU for taking the time to share your answers with us!

Here’s what your responses to these 10 simple questions have taught us…

What your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire have taught us about Keratosis Pilaris | KPKids.net

How KP Starts

Our first question was a simple one in asking the sex of your child. While the girls were the majority, it was only by a few points (55.9% female vs. 44.1% male). There hasn’t been any research to show that keratosis pilaris is more common in females vs. males, but this is an interesting find.

We also asked you at what age you first noticed your child’s keratosis pilaris, and 50% of you discovered it within the first year (that’s actually surprising!). As parents we often think of skin conditions developing more in their toddler years when they’re more active and into everything, but the first year of life can bring on a lot of environmental and nutritional changes.

 

RELATED: If I have it, will my child develop Keratosis Pilaris?

 

Where does Keratosis Pilaris come from?

It is widely know that keratosis pilaris (and many similar skin conditions) can have a hereditary cause, which means that if you have KP then your children are likely to develop it as well. Your responses to the next question were not surprising.

Over 45% of you have keratosis pilaris yourselves, while another 22.7% of you were unsure if you have it.

Food sensitivities and allergies are typically the first assumption parents make when their child develops KP. However, based on your responses, the food allergies are minimal to non-existent for your KP kids with over 85% of our readers telling us their kids have no food allergies at all. While this is an interesting statistic to read, some parents may find that their KP kid may still have nutritional deficiencies in their diet that can lead to keratosis pilaris flare-ups (namely vitamin A & vitamin D, ask your doctor).


RELATED: How a Humidifier can Help your Child’s Dry Skin

 

How do you Treat Keratosis Pilaris?

As any parent of a KP kid will tell you, keeping their child’s skin moisturized is only one step in effectively treating keratosis pilaris. So we asked parents what methods they were using to treat their kids’ KP. Beyond using moisturizing lotions and creams (74.4% of you, nice job), many of you are also using alpha-hydroxy lotions that contain salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid to slough off that top layer of dead skin (44.2% of you, way to go!). Using extra sunscreen (in a gentler formula) is always advised for kids with KP, so we’re super happy to hear that 30% of you have stepped up the sunscreen protection as well.

Soon your toddler turns into an active child, so we asked if their activity in sports has affected their skin. Most of you replied that your children don’t play sports yet (58% of you) or that there is no noticeable change in their skin from high-activity sports (23% of you).

What’s important to note here is that if you’ve only recently received a diagnosis of keratosis pilaris from your child’s pediatrician or dermatologist, then your child may still be age 3 and younger (see the second question above) and not involved in sports yet. When the sports activities do begin, keep the frequent sweating and showering routine in mind as your child grows and be sure to establish good skin care habits early.

 

RELATEDHow this $10 Lotion has Improved my Kids’ Keratosis Pilaris

 

So what’s working to improve your child’s keratosis pilaris?

What are you doing today that is WORKING? We asked parents to share with us what methods or products were working for them in treating their child’s KP and the responses varied greatly.

From establishing a solid routine of moisturizing every day to trying different AHA lotions, the trial-and-error of finding what works best for your child may seem never-ending. But rest assured that you are not alone and every child’s skin reacts differently. Keep trying to find the right combination of soaps, cleansers, lotions, scrubs and even laundry detergents that will make a noticeable difference, and adjust your routine seasonally as needed.

Products mentioned above include: Cocoa Butter Body Wash, Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo, Organic Coconut Oil, AmLactin AHA LotionKP Elements, CeraVe SA lotionJosie Maran Whipped Argon Oil Body Butter, Olive Oil Body Butter, Fish Oil Supplements, Epsom Bath Salts, SkinFix Renewing Cream, Roll-On Castor Oil.

Note: Always read labels and directions before using any product. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for specific advice about keratosis pilaris.

 

RELATED: Grab your FREE KP Tip Sheet 
to learn 10 things you can do in the next 24 hours to improve your child’s skin.

 

Can Keratosis Pilaris be seasonal?

Recently in our new Facebook group, we asked you and our readers where in the world you lived. Although we’re based in Texas, we were surprised to hear that some of our readers were from far outside the US, including Germany, UK and Australia. Regardless of where you live, the change in seasons can affect your child’s skin and their keratosis pilaris may flare up in extremely dry conditions like cold Winter weather.

Most parents told us that their child’s skin looks and feels worse in the Winter, and only somewhat worse in the Summer. It’s also interesting to hear from a few parents who say their child’s skin actually looks and feels better in the cooler, drier weather of Winter than the typically warmer, more humid weather of Summer. Our advice: keep experimenting.

 

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RELATED: 5 Things NOT to do for Kids with Keratosis Pilaris

 

So your kid has KP. What should you do now?

You’ve narrowed it down, seen the dermatologist and gotten the diagnosis of keratosis pilaris. You’re concerned and worried about how their skin looks. So what should you do now? Let’s make a plan.

Start with gentler products, begin moisturizing regularly, use a humidifier, and consider factors like laundry detergent and fabric softeners, as well as dietary changes. See what products we’re currently using in our home here.

When we asked our readers what’s on their list of things to try to hopefully improve their child’s keratosis pilaris, here’s what they had to say…

Products mentioned above include: Shea Moisture Baby Lotion, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, AmLactin AHA Lotion, CeraVe SA lotion, gluten-free food & recipes, AHA lotions, Kerapil, Konjac sponges, Frankincense essential oil, SkinFix Renewing Cream, DermaDoctor KP Duty, Coconut Oil, Eucerin Advanced Repair Cream, sugar scrub, salt scrub, Mustela Stelatopia cream.

Note: Always read labels and directions before using any product. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for specific advice about keratosis pilaris.

 

RELATED: Recommended Products for Children with KP: 5 – 8 years

 

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We’ve learned a lot, so what’s next?

We sincerely appreciate each of our readers who took the time to answer the 10 questions we posed about caring for your child’s keratosis pilaris. We’ve learned volumes about what frustrates most parents in dealing with this skin condition… Finding a product or method that makes your kid’s skin look and feel better.

Finding that perfect product, gentle-enough scrub, gluten-free recipe book to try, or sunscreen for their sensitive skin can each be an ongoing challenge. Just remember, every child’s skin reacts differently and just as easily as their taste in food changes, so will their skin change as they grow.

You are not alone! Keep experimenting with a variety of products or cleansing/scrubbing methods to find some improvement in their skin texture and appearance. Soon we’ll say goodbye to that “chicken skin” because together, we’ll find something that works.

 

Thank you for all of your helpful responses!

Join our incredibly helpful KP Collective community on Facebook to connect with hundreds of other parents of KP kids to get tips, advice and recommendations.

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Join the KP Collective, our free Facebook group for parents of children with keratosis pilaris!

 

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How a Humidifier can Help your Child’s Dry Skin

How a Humidifier can Help your Child’s Dry Skin

A humidifier is an indoor fan unit that circulates water vapor into the air. With humid air circulating through a room (especially a bedroom), your body can absorb some of that moisture into your skin, nasal passages and throat to keep you healthy and feeling great.

Dry skin… sensitive skin… keratosis pilaris skin… eczema skin… All types of skin can benefit from added moisture. And an added bonus? No clogged pores.

How a humidifier can help your child's dry skin | KPKids.net

How can a humidifier help my child’s dry skin?

Modern air conditioning and heating systems in homes are designed to produce drier air to keep our homes comfortable through the changing seasons. However, these systems remove some of the much-needed moisture in the air that dry, sensitive skin sufferers desperately need, including those with keratosis pilaris.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs what’s in the air around it. By using a humidifier on a regular basis, you’ll likely notice that your skin will feel less dry and tight, less itching around irritated skin from keratosis pilaris or eczema, and less peeling from sensitive sunburned skin (always a plus). Your pores won’t get clogged and you’ll likely breathe easier.

 

RELATED:   Our Top Pick for a Gentler Sunscreen

 

Which humidifier should I choose?

Our top humidifier pick is the Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier. With 3 settings to control the moisture output in the room, it’s an incredibly quiet humidifier (and we’ve had several loud ones in our arsenal) and ideal for use in a child’s bedroom while they sleep or nap. It can effectively cover any medium-size room, which is perfect for bedrooms with sleeping babies.

Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

 

The Honeywell Humidifier produces a soothing cool mist, meaning that the water vapor it puts out is cool to the skin and not heated or warm (like this best-selling warm mist model). If you’re using a humidifier in a child’s bedroom, especially younger children, opt for a cool mist humidifier to avoid any contact with a warm unit.

This barely-noticeable mist in the air can help improve the feel of your skin by adding back in much-needed moisture, which is key to healthy skin.

It has a large-capacity 2-gallon tank and once you’ve filled it with water, the humidifier can run for about 24 hours on the lowest setting (not that you’d need it on all day, but good to know).

RELATED: Recommended Products for Toddlers with KP: 2 – 4 years

 

What makes this humidifier so great?

One of the best features of this Honeywell Humidifier is that it uses UV technology to help kill up to 99.9% of any bacteria, mold and fungus that may be in the water. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any mold or mildew collecting or growing in my humidifier, nor do I want it being circulated in the air I’m breathing.

So for me, this UV technology is a HUGE plus. Clean air for the win.

Why humidification is important | KPKids.net

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The Honeywell Humidifier is easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts (another HUGE plus in my book) and antimicrobial replacement filters are available for about $8.

After using our humidifier in our home for unusually dry seasons like Winter, we’ve come to appreciate how a little extra humidity in the air can really make our skin feel better. We’re noticing less itchiness from our extremely-sensitive skin son (11 yrs old) and his allergy congestion seems much-improved too.

 

Humidifier – 1.  Dry skin – 0.

#winning

 

Do you use a humidifier in your home? How does it help your skin?

 

 

To learn more about the Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier (and check the reviews), click here.

 

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