Why is keratosis pilaris itchy for some sufferers but not others?
Unfortunately, there is no known reason why some people afflicted with KP are more susceptible to irritation. However, researchers have an understanding of what causes the itch.
Can Keratosis Pilaris Be Itchy?
The itchy red bumps on skin are comprised of small amounts of dead skin. When this dry, dead skin begins to accumulate, an itchy sensation presents itself in some KP sufferers. With proper care, the itchy symptom associated with keratosis pilaris as well as the bumps can be minimized.
How To Ease The Itchy Red Bumps On Skin
There are several treatments that can help to relieve itchiness:
Cream – A 20% or 40% urea cream prescribed by your dermatologist can ease itchiness on the affected area of your skin. Continuous application is usually needed to prevent the symptoms from returning.
Exfoliation – A body scrub, exfoliating mitt, or loofah can be used in the shower to gently exfoliate your skin. Dry skin brushing can also be tried before showering.
Body wash – A fragrance-free, moisturizing body wash or shower gel can help stop your skin from drying out too quickly.
Lukewarm Baths – Bathing in cooler water temperatures can help ease itchy skin whereas bathing in hot water can inflame and dry it out. Moisturizers such as E45 or simple aqueous creams should be applied after baths.
How To Prevent Itchiness
A few preventative measures can be taken to stop itchiness from occurring:
Avoid dry shaving – Dry shaving can exacerbate keratosis pilaris symptoms, especially itchiness. Thus, a generous amount of shaving foam or gel should always be applied before shaving. Equally important is to thoroughly rinse off the foam or gel afterward and apply moisturizing lotion to avoid your skin from drying out.
Drink plenty of fluids – Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water per day to avoid dehydration. Once your body is properly hydrated, your skin’s appearance will gradually improve.
Use chemical-free cleansing products – Cleansing soaps free of additives are a better choice for your skin.
While itchiness can wax and wane, the tips mentioned in this article can help you through the worst keratosis pilaris itchy periods and with some persistence, you may even experience complete relief.