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Keratosis Pilaris

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 a deficiency in Vitamin A. It is also reported that people with atopic dermatitis are more likely to experience KP.

The pimples or bumps caused by the blocked hair follicles make the skin feel rough (like the skin of a plucked chicken) and dry. Generally the pimples or bumps do not itch or hurt and cause only cosmetic concern. Although the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks are the usual problem areas for KP, it may also arise in areas of greater cosmetic concern, including the face, particularly in children.


One of the main problems with KP is shaving. It can aggravate the condition even more. Because most people start shave using regular shaver which will cut the bumps leaving dreadful marks.

Many clients later try waxing; unfortunately it can make KP condition worse. The hair will get trapped, become ingrown causing more KP bumps to appear.

Laser Hair Removal is the foremost and clinically proven way to manage many skin and hair related problems.

When Laser hair removal is done properly will ultimately cauterise the hair follicle, if this is accomplished then no hair will grow back, causing KP bumps to ease up.

As your laser hair removal treatments progress, you will first notice the change in texture of the hair. Hair will grow back finer, lighter and less noticeable. As Laser treatments continue, after 6 – 8 laser treatments you will start to notice significant reduction in the amount of hair that is growing back.

We suggest to please come in for a FREE laser assessment and perhaps to start with a small area on the body, this way you can monitor progress before committing to a larger area.

If KP is a concern for you City laser Clinic CANDELA GentleLase laser therapy may be of benefit to you, call us for a free laser consultation and assessment.

Considerations when Managing KP:

As with many skin concerns, diet and exercise and avoidance of some beverages will help to improve skin health and minimise the likelihood of an outbreak.

In general you should avoid processed foods, fast foods and foods high in fat and saturated oils.

Keratosis Pilaris

As much as possible eat a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods ensure that you include fish, and a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as whole grains and nuts. Of course – avoid foods that you may be allergic to.

A daily consumption of 2 to 3 litres of water each day is desirable to help the body flush out waste products. Avoid beverages such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol. Be careful consuming large quantities of fruit juices; consider the calorie content and other dietary issues. The juice of three oranges has all the energy and calories of those three oranges BUT none of the beneficial fibre. It is better to eat the fruit than drink the juice!

Consulting a dietician about your diet, and how to improve your health, appearance and vitality is advantageous and always recommended.

The final recommendation for managing KP regards personal care. We recommend that you avoid using the common commercial soaps, because they are too harsh on your skin and change the skin’s normal PH (Acid/Alkaline balance), destroying the protective barrier of the skin.

We always recommend that you consult your GP Doctor if skin problems persist or do not respond to laser treatment.

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