Itchy skin. Redness. Bumps. Bumps and more bumps. Is it hives, a rash, insect bites or something else? We can’t diagnose you, but we can give you some information to find relief for irritated skin.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek medical advice that is specific to you and your situation.
What is keratosis pilaris?
Essentially keratosis pilaris — or KP, as Lindsay Barras, education manager for Dermalogica Canada who trains and educates skin therapists on how to handle skin care situations, including red skin — is bumpy red skin that is often found on the back of arms. “It often has to do with friction from fabric, like clothing or bed sheets,” she tells Slice.ca. “It’s the stimulation of dead skin cells. When there is an accumulation of dead skin cells, it creates a ‘plug’ and sebum is trapped underneath.” That’s the bump you feel.
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Relief from keratosis pilaris
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“The number one focus is to decrease inflammation, hydrating the skin to get the skin back intact.” She recommends only using emollient-based products created for sensitive skin types, that are free of fragrance or additives. It should feel thick and nourishing, made from natural oils. Barras says to look at the ingredient list of a skin lotion to contain niacinamide (anti redness) and hyaluronic acid (moisturizing). Sheabutter may help too. Barras says to consider the Ultracalming line from Dermalogica.
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What are hives?
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Relief from hives
Why am I reacting to insect bites?
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Relief from insect bites
What is heat rash?
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Relief from heat rash
Also noteworthy: “The sun compounds skin conditions,” says Barras about how summertime can be a tough season for those with skin issues. “It’s important to wear sunscreen to prevent yourself from that added trigger.”
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