I’m Looking For…
I’ve mentioned in one of my earlier posts, The Real Bumps of Hyperkeratosis Pilaris, that I am in search of finding a solution to this type of skin problem. If you want to know more regarding this condition, click the above link.
I am quite disappointed with myself because until now, I haven’t yet discovered (or invented) the thing that’ll make my bumps disappear. Although my case is quite mild, I still get a bit conscious and uncomfortable with my bod.
No, I haven’t tried the lotion that my derma suggested because it is expensive and hard to find (yet I guess it’s more because of the price issue). The alternatives that I’ve tried like the Nivea milk bath and Lactacyd’s skin wash weren’t effective. I gave up the quest for a cheaper way of fighting HP.
However, perhaps the skin fairy heard my plea and led me unto a great discovery. I was busy browsing through Pinterest when one of the pins caught my eyes. I clicked it and was directed to a video link of the popular show The Doctors. Fortunately, the topic for that video is hyperkeratosis pilaris and I’m just so glad to hear the doctors giving three tips on how to fight the skin problem.
If you want to watch the informative flick, click this. On the other hand, if you wanna cut right through the chase, I have prepared here a diagram telling the “Secrets of Fighting HP Without Spending a Fortune.”
Note that hyperkeratosis pilaris or keratosis pilaris are used interchangeably in this article as they mean the same skin condition.
Fight Hyperkeratosis Pilaris
1. Olive Oil + Sugar
Andrew Ordon, M.D, FACS, a plastic surgeon suggests you make a body scrub out of olive oil and sugar. He explained that sugar breaks up the keratin in the skin while olive oil moisturizes it.
2. Aspirin + Warm Water
Crushing ten tablets of aspirin and mixing the powder with warm water will give you a paste that’ll keep keratosis pilaris away. According to Jim Sears, M.D., a pediatrician, aspirin contains Beta Hydroxy Acid, an organic compound that can exfoliate the skin. As a pediatrician, he also mentioned that keratosis pilaris is hereditary because most of his patients share the same skin condition as with their parents. Good news though, he mentioned that this condition is usually outgrown once one reaches the age of thirty.
3. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
If the other two failed to nail it, perhaps this much easier option will do the trick – look for an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains salicylic acid. According to Lisa Masterson, M. D. (OB-GYN), salicylic acid reduces skin swelling, softens it and helps slough off dead skin.
Does It Work?
I’ve tried making the olive oil and sugar concoction and have been using it for about three days. So far, there are no dramatic changes yet on my skin but I’ll keep you posted for updates.
As for the two other options, you may try them for yourself. Don’t forget to leave a comment for the results! =)
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