Winter is the perfect time to treat certain skin conditions…
Although your skin may be extra dry during the winter months, certain ingredients used in specialist skin treatments are incompatible with sun exposure, such as retinol and glycolic acid.
‘Chicken skin’, or Keratosis pilaris, manifests as dry, red, pimply bumps, found mostly on the upper arms.
The cause (it’s strongly genetic) is a build-up of keratin in the skin, which forms a plug in the hair follicle, and eventually produces acne-like bumps. Dryness makes it worse, whether it’s due to exposure to sun, chlorine, hot baths or harsh, dry winters. Picking and scrubbing won’t help, and may in fact cause scarring, so TLC is what this condition needs.
Avoid hot baths and use gentle cleansers. Moisturise well with rich creams or a R5 coin-sized amount of coconut oil nightly after bathing or showering. The lauric acid in coconut oil soothes any inflammation and acts as an antibacterial agent. Retinol creams will also help when used every second day. Treat the area all winter long and you’ll be ready for sleeveless tops when spring comes. Remember: Keratosis pilaris is aggravated by sun exposure, so always wear sunscreen.
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