Azar Nejad is a Licensed Master Aesthetician at Inova Medical Spa in Ashburn, VA. She has six years of industry experience and holds additional certifications as a laser technician, Xtreme Lash® Stylist, and in oncology aesthetics. Azar has extensive experience in treating all skin types. Her favorite services include facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL, laser hair removal, lash extensions, and threading.
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common and treatable skin condition that affects approximately 50 to 80 percent of adolescents and 40 percent of young adults. In most cases, it does not affect individuals over the age of 30.
Proteins protect the skin from infections. KP is a build-up of keratin proteins over a hair follicle, forming what is known as a plug. Symptoms can include dry skin, rough sandpaper-like patches, and painless tiny red bumps. KP typically occurs during the dry, winter months on the buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and cheeks.
Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent or cure this skin condition. However, you can effectively treat and manage the symptoms of KP:
- Ensure the skin is well-moisturized. This is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Opt for a lotion or cream that has a rich texture.
- Maintain a regular bathing and exfoliation routine. Taking a warm bath or shower, cleansing, and exfoliating the skin regularly is recommended.
- Medicated Moisturizers. Treatment of KP may include the use of medicated moisturizers that contain a chemical exfoliant. KèraPhine® Body Smoothing Lotion by OBAGI® contains glycolic and lactic acid to help smooth persistently rough and bumpy skin. In some cases, you may need a prescription-grade cream from a dermatologist.
- Laser Hair Removal. Laser hair removal is sometimes recommended to reduce the number of hair-producing follicles on the body.
If Keratosis Pilaris is a concern, we recommend speaking with one of our licensed master aestheticians to discuss optimal treatment options. Call 703-554-1130 to schedule a consultation.