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Keratosis Pilaris Treatment: What NOT to do for KP skin

Keratosis Pilaris: Toddlers, Babies, and Children Do’s and Don’ts 

Keratosis pilaris in toddlers, babies or kids of any age can be overwhelming for their parents. From hearing the diagnosis to finding the best keratosis pilaris treatment for your little one, there is a LOT to learn.

If you have a child with keratosis pilaris, eczema (atopic dermatitis) or sensitive skin condition, maybe you’ve read quite a bit online about what to do to treat your child’s skin.

From keratosis pilaris lotion and creams to scrubs and vitamins, to allergy medicines…You’ve likely been bombarded with hundreds of methods to try.

Take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered.

But before you start finding the best thing to DO for your child with KP, let’s talk about what NOT to do. As a parent of a KP kid, what should you AVOID?

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A Few Tips: Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Hopefully, you’ve found a cleansing and moisturizing method, or a great product that works (like our favorite household staple for KP skin, Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo). If not, keep trying.

Every child’s skin can be so different.

Browsing our list of the top KP skin products purchased by parents in 2017 might be helpful too.

See what we’re using in our home to treat our family’s keratosis pilaris here: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home.

And don’t forget to grab your free KP Tip Sheet with 10 Things You can do Today to Improve Your Child’s KP.

(We’re talking about keratosis pilaris tips, products and advice daily in our free Facebook group, KP Collective!)

5 Things NOT to do for Keratosis Pilaris in Babies, Toddlers, and Children

1. Do NOT scratch or pick at their skin, especially when the skin is dry.

Every day, every hour, your child’s skin loses moisture. It dries out. Dry skin becomes itchy and tight, which will exacerbate any skin conditions, like keratosis pilaris, eczema or sensitive skin.

Avoid scratching or picking at any affected areas (and remind your child not to scratch as well), or scrubbing your child’s KP skin excessively while bathing, to prevent even more moisture loss, scarring or inflammation.  It’s a self-perpetuating cycle that is hard to break, but establishing a good habit of no scratching is extremely helpful. However, less skin damage is done if the scratching is done through clothing rather than to bare skin.

Some of our KP friends swear by the Konjac Sponges for Babies for very light itches and bathing. Let us know what you think in the comments below or in the KP Collective group.

 

Join the KP Collective, our private Facebook group, for KP tips and advice from hundreds of KP parents just like you (it’s free!).

 

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2. Do NOT skip bathing.

Many parents think that fewer baths means less moisture lost in their child’s sensitive skin, when in fact, moisture care starts with bathing.

While some experts may disagree on the ideal frequency of bathing a child with sensitive or KP skin, most will agree that baths and showers should be short in duration and a bit cooler in temperature.

 

RELATED: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home

 

Tell those teenagers to make it quick, because prolonged showers can actually deplete their skin of that much-needed natural skin oil. Cleansing and scrubbing should be extremely gentle and cleansers should be as mild as possible (which is why we recommend so many organic and baby keratosis pilaris products).

When bathing a toddler or baby, keep the same thing in mind. Don’t skip baths, keep the water cooler, and don’t spend too much time in the water to avoid drying out natural moisture. When caring for baby keratosis pilaris, getting in the habit of a great bathing routine is essential.

By far, our most popular product we suggest is Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo. Other awesome favorites we love are Cetaphil Baby Ultra Moisturizing Wash and California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash (my kids really LOVE all the California Baby products).

 

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

 

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3. Do NOT forget to apply a moisturizer or emollient.

Moisture is key. Let me say it again, moisture is key.

When it comes to keratosis pilaris moisturizer is a must. Apply it every day, after every bath, and especially before bedtime (when it has plenty of time and warmth to soak in). The thicker the formulation of any moisturizer, or emollient, the better it will add moisture back into your child’s skin. If your child is scratching, it’s time to reapply.

Get into a moisturizing routine with your child. Diagnosing keratosis pilaris in toddlers and babies is common, so starting this routine early will help it become a normal part of their life later on.

Looking for products to treat KP?

Click to see our list of parent-approved solutions!

And my best advice is to find the BEST available product to get the most out of your time and effort, which usually means ointments (like Aquaphor) work better than creams, creams (like Eucerin) work better than lotions. The thicker, the better, is a good rule to remember for KP skin and keep fragrances to a minimum.

For teens who don’t want to use baby keratosis pilaris products, we suggest Amlactin Hydrating Body Cream or Dermadoctor KP Duty.  And I keep these little guys tucked everywhere. Tell us what’s working best for your family in the KP Collective group.

 

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE KERATOSIS PILARIS TIP SHEET:
Learn 10 things you can do in the next 24 hours to improve your child’s keratosis pilaris.

 

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4. Do NOT forget to use sunscreen.

I repeat… do NOT forget sunscreen. Sun exposure can be HARD on the healthiest of skin. Be sure that your child’s sensitive skin is protected with sunscreen for kids and apply it often. You don’t necessarily need a specific keratosis pilaris sunscreen as long as you’re protecting your child’s skin from those harmful rays.

Regardless of the season, the sun’s rays can cause excessive dry skin and sunburn. This is really important when trying to treat keratosis pilaris on face, arms, and legs. Read ingredients and choose a gentle sunscreen for face and a great sunscreen for body that will moisturize and protect their skin (like Alba Botanica.)

 

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

 

Carefully apply and reapply sunscreen to concentrated areas of keratosis pilaris in toddlers and babies during extended time in the sun. Use hats and rash guards for extra protection.

Remind teenagers to reapply sunscreen often, because many teens love to sunbathe and build their tan. Sunscreen is a great skin protectant and moisturizer, so remind them to use it daily. Because what does red, sunburned skin make them want to do? Scratch! And that’s no good (see tip #1).

For babies and young children, we suggest Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen 50+ and Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Sunscreen (it’s rich!).

 

RELATED: Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

 

 

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5. Do NOT be embarrassed to speak with your child’s pediatrician or dermatologist.

If your child has irritated KP skin patches or areas of concern, do NOT be embarrassed to ask your doctor what they recommend. Keratosis pilaris in babies, toddlers, and children is more common than you think. Doctors will be able to help point you in the right direction.

Most often, extra moisturization is step one, then possible medicated creams as step two.

Depending on your child’s age, scrubs or oral medications may be recommended if their case is severe. Your child’s pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric dermatologist for a consultation or a more in-depth treatment plan.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS about how long a treatment should be used to see results. The more you know, the better you can help your child maintain healthy skin. Then come share what you’ve learned with other parents in our private Facebook group, KP Collective.

 

WHAT WE USE: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home

 

 

For more tips on the best keratosis pilaris treatment for your child, follow us on Pinterest.

Tell us what you try NOT to do with your kid’s KP skin below in the comments.  We always love to hear from you!

 

RELATED:  What Your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire have Taught Us

 

 

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Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

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Looking for products to treat KP?

Click to see our list of parent-approved solutions!

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.

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

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE KERATOSIS PILARIS TIP SHEET:
Learn 10 things you can do in the next 24 hours to improve your child’s keratosis pilaris.

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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?

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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.

Looking for products to treat KP?

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To learn more about KP and caring for your child’s skin,
be sure to subscribe to our KPKids Community and join us in our private Facebook group. Together, we can find something that works.

 

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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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Sensitive Skin Care for Teens | KidSkin Frothy Facial Skin Cleanser

Sensitive Skin Care for Teens | KidSkin Frothy Facial Skin Cleanser

KidSkin Gentle Frothy Facial Skin Cleanser | KPKids.netKidSkin was recommended to us recently by a friend with a teen, tween and toddler in their home.

The teen was dealing with rosacea.

The tween had keratosis pilaris.

… and the family raved about how their kids really liked this sulfate & fragrance-free frothy cleanser from KidSkin.  Both a gentle and an oily skin formula is available.

Let us know if you’ve tried it and your thoughts!

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