Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Recommended Products for Children with KP:  5 – 8 years

Recommended Products for Children with KP: 5 – 8 years

Our children become more independent every year, and managing the health of their skin becomes very important during the ages of 5 – 8 years.

But how do you teach them the basics of good skin care at this age?

 

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Show them daily.

Establish good habits from the beginning and your child will feel more comfortable taking care of their sensitive skin. Opt for shorter showers over long baths. Studies have shown that cooler showers are better for those children with sensitive skin, keratosis pilaris or eczema because less natural moisture is pulled from the skin than in a long, hot bath.

You can make showers fun for your child with a suction-cup mirror and even a lighted shower head. What kid doesn’t like to sing in the shower?  🙂

Give them an example.

We all can learn by example. If your child is reluctant to all the attention you’re paying to their skin, show them a simple experiment. Do a side-by-side spot test on their skin with the cleanser, scrub or moisturizer you’d like for them to use…

For example, one arm untreated after their shower and one arm with the right skin care routine complete. Ask them to decide which area feels better, looks better and seems healthiest. Explain the benefits of good skin care early-on so they’ll be encouraged to continue to take care of their sensitive skin.

Show your child the best products to use after bathing (and before bed), how to use them and create a daily routine. The more independent your child can feel and the more they can do for themselves, the more confident they feel about their skin and body.

 

 

RELATED: Keratosis Pilaris Products we use in Our Home

 

Keep trying until you find something that works.

We’ve tested many products in our home through the years, and have come across our favorites through trial and error.  These are some of our top mom-tested products (and brands) for treating Grab your FREE KP Tip Sheet with 10 Ways to Improve your child’s 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.

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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.

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

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

How this $10 Lotion Dramatically Improved my Kids' Keratosis Pilaris | KPKids.net

After having three children in nine years, each with their own sensitive skin issues, I began to believe that I had tried every product, treatment and method available to clear up my kids’ skin (maybe not all, but close). Our children have dealt with keratosis pilaris, eczema, lichen striatus and extremely dry skin for years and finding a solution has been been exhausting. So when I found a lotion that made a noticeable difference, I just had to share it with you.

What we’ve been trying…

Keeping their skin healthy, moisturized and smooth has been an uphill battle during their early years and we’ve certainly tried our fair share of drugstore and prescription treatments, scrub mitts and brushes, and diet changes. While we have found a few favorite products that have brought some improvement to the appearance and feel of their skin, like Buf-Puf Reusable Facial Sponges and the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush, these products require some gentle exfoliation and scrubbing of their skin (which at times can already be irritated).

And when you’re dealing with a skin problem that usually affects half their body, the process of exfoliating their entire body (or yours, if you’re a KP sufferer too) can be time-consuming for those with “chicken skin”. But there’s hope. We’ve begun using a lotion every day in our home that is making a huge difference in the look, feel and health of our kids’ skin.

 

So what has made the biggest difference?

Fast-forward 3 months of (almost) daily use of our new favorite lotion, CeraVé Renewing SA Lotion, and I’m really liking the results that I see.

My pre-teen daughter’s keratosis pilaris is barely noticeable, my sports-loving son’s skin looks healthier (considering all the sweaty games and numerous showers he needs), and my toddler daughter’s skin looks and feels as smooth as the day she was born. Not only does that make ME happy… but having good skin makes THEM happy. #winning

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CeraVé Renewing SA Lotion contains salicylic acid to loosen and release those dead skin cells, and hyaluronic acid to draw in and retain moisture for longer. It has a light feel to it without being greasy (which kids hate, by the way) and it absorbs quickly (always a bonus, if you’re trying to dress a toddler).

This $10 lotion is our new go-to moisturizer that I have stashed in every bathroom. We use it (almost) daily to keep the kids’ skin smooth and soft, especially in those extremely dry, rough skin patches like the upper arms, thighs and cheeks.

This could honestly be the best thing that has happened to their “bumpy” arms and legs ever. Happy kids = happy mama.

 

CeraVé Renewing SA Lotion, $10

See more KP products we use in our home.

 

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Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated at bath time

Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated at bath time

How to Keep Your Baby's Skin Hydrated at Bath Time | KPKids.net

Bathing your baby is an essential (likely daily) task, and can often lead to dry skin.

Dry, irritated skin lead can potentially lead to a variety of other issues, including KP flare-ups, scaly skin and even baby pimples.

Try washing your child’s skin with a gentler, more hydrating body wash at bath time to ensure their skin stays well-moisturized and healthy.

One of our all-time favorites is Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Tear-Free Shampoo.

 

 

RELATED: How this $10 Lotion has Improved my Kids’ Keratosis Pilaris

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Keep Her Skin Clear | Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths

Keep Her Skin Clear | Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths

As a mother of three active children, baths are a *priority* in our home… A non-negotiable part of our nighttime routine.

My daughter is currently a preteen and she’s learning the benefits of keeping her skin clean and clear. Clear skin = happy daughter = relaxed mama. However, along with tween hormones comes skin breakouts and inevitably, flareups of her keratosis pilaris.

While her face and cheeks rarely show signs of KP, her upper arms consistently do. And managing her dry skin is a *constant* battle.

…please tell me I’m not the only one fighting this battle. grrrCetaphil Cleansing Cloths | KPKids.net

While searching for makeup remover wipes, we recently stumbled upon these super gentle cleansing cloths from Cetaphil. And she’s been a super happy tween ever since.

These lightweight Cetaphil wipes are ideal for lightly cleansing her delicate young skin and keeping it moisturized, not to mention keeping preteen breakouts at bay. They’re soap-free, very mild on her skin and eeeeeeasy… which is ideal for any busy tween girl.

According to my daughter, “the faster I can get this makeup off, the better.” LOL my sweet girl, me too.

>> Try out Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths and let me know what you think.

 

I’d love to know… What is your daughter’s go-to product for removing her makeup? Wipes, cleansers or liquid?

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Can Keratosis Pilaris be completely cured?

Can Keratosis Pilaris be completely cured?

As anyone with Keratosis Pilaris knows, the search for a treatment and cure can be exhausting. But what many don’t understand is that Keratosis Pilaris is an inherited skin condition.

The recommended treatments for KP are only for the *temporary* relief of symptoms and must be used continuously to see improvement.

Can Keratosis Pilaris be Completely Cured? | KPKids.net

The treatment plan recommended by your child’s doctor or dermatologist should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure the best results in lessening the visibility and texture of the bumps on their face, arms and legs.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris.

 

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

 

Although the condition may remain for years, symptoms usually lessen by age 30. Keratosis pilaris symptoms may go away with age, but there is currently no cure.

Results will vary from case to case.  This simply means that what may work for one child, may not work for another.

Each child’s skin, diet and sun exposure is different. So keep trying different remedies until you find the best product with the best results for your child.

 

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