Keratosis Pilaris

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris To Flare Up?

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris To Flare Up?

Triggered by a build-up of protein called Keratin, Keratosis Pilaris causes dry, rough patches of skin along with ‘goosebump like’ pimples to appear on the face, legs and upper arms. But what causes a flare-up? Read on to discover how stress, hot showers and too much exfoliation can cause a Keratosis Pilaris flare-up and the solutions on how you can help treat them, on the face in-particular.

Although doctors do not know what initially causes a Keratosis Pilaris flare-up, people with pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema are more prone to developing it and some studies show that it can be genetic. It is usually worse during the Winter months as there is a lot less moisture and humidity in the air.  

1. Too much exfoliation

You might think that facial scrubs will help get rid of dry, rough skin however this could be doing more harm than good. Too much exfoliation can cause the skin to become red, inflamed and irritated, resulting in a vicious circle and your Keratosis Pilaris never being properly treated. Although regular exfoliation is key to treating the condition, it is best to stick to chemical exfoliants instead of physical ones as they can be abrasive and harsh on the skin. Our NEW Resurfacing Facial Cleanser is an ultra-mild PH barrier respecting cleanser that contains Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA’s) which provide gentle yet effective exfoliation combined with a nourishing blend of oils and butters so that the skin feels replenished, comforted and relieved 

*Clinically proven to increase moisture levels in the skin for up to 12h*

*Independent Clinical Trial*

2. Dehydration

People with Keratosis Pilaris often mistake it with blocked pores or acne and are nervous to moisturise the skin, especially on the face. If you’re not moisturising regularly, this can worsen the condition and cause the skin to become even more dry, rough and flaky. Our NEW Ameliorate Replenishing Facial Cream is a multi-tasking moisturiser that instantly hydrates and soothes skin sensitivity, helping protect the skin from environmental aggressions. Formulated with our unique LaH6 complex along with a powerful cocktail of ingredients including skin-boosting Ceramides and CICA while a nourishing blend of Shea and Cocoa butters combined with Ameliorate Omega Therapy provides instant nourishment to dry and rough skin. When used regularly, this comforting moisturiser evens skin tone, boosts radiance and fine lines appear smoother. 

*Clinically proven to increase moisture levels in the skin for up to 12h*

*Independent Clinical Trial*

3. Hot showers

If you have Keratosis Pilaris, you should be aware that central heating, cold weather and lack of humidity can make your skin feel dry, tight and dehydrated. We are approaching the colder months, so the idea of getting home from a long, stressful day at work and rewarding yourself with a hot, steaming bath sounds like heaven. However, hot water strips the skin of its natural oils that it needs to stay healthy, leaving it feeling taught and resulting in a potential Keratosis Pilaris flare up. 

Instead, turn down the temperature of your water and use a product that moisturises and soothes your skin while you soak. Our Softening Bath Oil Milk is soap-free, PH-balanced and contains Colloidal Oats along with our unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex in a mildmilky formula to comfort, hydrate and soften the skin. Easily absorbed, this lightweight lotion progressively refines and improves skin texture, leaving it feeling softer, smoother and more comfortable.  

*Clinically proven to significantly increase moisture levels in the skin for up to 8 hours *

*Independent Clinical Trial*

4. Stress

Although not directly linked to Keratosis Pilaris, stress can worsen a variety of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed at work or are going through a particularly stressful time in your life, this could potentially cause your Keratosis Pilaris to become worse and the more stressed you are the worse it will become. We recommend keeping a skin diary and noting down what events are occurring in your life around the time of a flare-up. That way, you can see if stress is one of your triggers and if this is the case, consider taking some time out for yourself and practice self-care rituals such as yoga, meditation or even something as simple as a soothing face mask. Our NEW Restorative Facial Mask is the ultimate skin barrier enhancer and protector that contains Ceramides along with Probiotic Technology to cocoon, comfort and plump the skin so that it is beautifully radiant and replenished. 

*Clinically proven to enhance the skin’s natural moisture barrier and maintain skin moisture levels*

*Independent Clinical Trial*

Discover more about our NEW Ameliorate Facial Skincare range developed to treat troublesome skin conditions including Keratosis Pilaris here.

 



Heleayner Davies

Heleayner Davies

Writer and expert