Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition caused when dead skin cells shed from the upper layer of skin and block the openings of hair follicles. Keratosis Pilaris appears as small pointed pimples, usually on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.
The condition is usually more apparent during the colder winter months and often clears up in the summer. KP has no known cause, but tends to run in families, and is believed to be hereditary and /or vitamin A deficiency.
The pimples or bumps caused by the blocked hair follicles make the skin feel dry and rough (like the skin of a plucked chicken). Generally, the pimples or bumps do not itch or hurt and cause only cosmetic concern.
Linda W. was referred to City laser Clinic by one of her friends and during her initial FREE consultation told us a quite typical history for a woman that had endured Keratosis Pilaris for many years. We were not surprised when Linda told us that most of her family had this skin condition in varying degrees of severity.
Linda was particularly concerned about the recent appearance of KP bumps on her face, although Linda also had KP bumps on her upper arms, and buttocks her greater concern, understandably, were the KP pimples on her face.
Linda W. was 22, and was keen to resolve the problem and resume her social life; she was not comfortable socialising with the very noticeable pimples and these feelings were increased by some comments that had been made to her.
I established that Linda had skin suitable for Laser Hair Removal treatment (Fitzpatrick skin type III P47) and recommended a plan to treat the affected areas with Laser every 4 weeks for 12 treatments on a substantially high settings and also explained to Linda that she would probably need to return every 3 to 4 months to treat new KP Pimples as they arose.
At City laser Clinic, we seek to explain the laser hair removal process to our clients, recognising that it is important for our clients to understand what the treatment involves and how it works. Linda readily understood that the laser works by destroying the hair follicles.
On her fifth visit Linda reported that the KP bumps had subsided and that her skin texture had improved dramatically, we certainly noted the improvement, and we all noted some new KP Pimples that had arisen.
Linda has nearly completed her initial laser hair removal treatment program and is thrilled with the results and as is often the case with facial appearance, she also seem far more confident and happy than she was at her first visit at City Laser Clinic.
We have discussed possible Skin Rejuvenation program once all the 12 laser hair removal treatments are completed.
At City laser Clinic our experience is that Laser Hair Removal therapy can improve and control Keratosis Pilaris when the regular treatments are maintained. City Laser Clinic therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.
Contact City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal therapists.