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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…

 

5 Facts You Don't Know about Dry Skin | KPKids.net

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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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

CeraVé Renewing SA Lotion | KPKids.net

 

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

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What causes Keratosis Pilaris in children?

What causes Keratosis Pilaris in children?

Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks.  The bumps generally don’t hurt or itch, but can become unsightly or embarrassing to young children and teens.

But what causes keratosis pilaris in children?

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris in Children? | KPKids.net

Keratosis pilaris is a hereditary condition, which means your child likely inherited the condition from their mother or father.  If you have it, or had it as a child, there’s a greater chance that your child will develop it as well.

 

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

 

What is keratosis pilaris?

KP is caused by the excess build-up of keratin and dead skin cells around individual hair follicles.  Keratosis Pilaris is a genetic condition and is NOT caused by parental neglect and bathing too infrequently.  Sometimes overly frequent bathing can actually make your child’s keratosis pilaris worse (see 5 Things to NOT do for Kids with Keratosis Pilaris).

Keratosis pilaris is commonly seen in children and teens, but can begin as early as infancy.

Unfortunately, keratosis pilaris can not be cured or prevented.  But you can treat it with moisturizers and prescription creams to help improve the appearance of the skin. The skin condition usually disappears by age 30, but some adults deal with symptoms for many years.

RELATED:  Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home

How is KP diagnosed in childhood?

If you believe that you or your child may have the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris, be sure to visit your child’s Physician or Dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

In most cases, your child’s doctor can diagnose KP simply by examining and touching the affected area of the skin. No testing is needed.

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10 Ways to Improve your Kid's Keratosis Pilaris Today | KPKids.net

 

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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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What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris

What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition diagnosed in approximately 40% of the population.

Keratosis Pilaris in kids children babies | KPKids.netIt is characterized by tiny bumps on the skin, usually found on the outer areas of the upper arms, thighs, cheeks and sometimes the face (often referred to as “chicken skin”).

The bumps give a sandpaper-like texture to the skin in these areas.  It commonly presents itself as flesh-colored to slightly red, rough little bumps.

If you believe that you or your child may have the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris, be sure to visit your child’s physician or dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.  In most cases, your child’s doctor can diagnose Keratosis Pilaris, also known as KP, simply by examining and touching the skin.

 

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