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.