Although keratosis pilaris is not a condition that would likely lead to any other serious ailments and diseases, it could be embarrassing to have such bumpy skin on the face. This skin condition is largely considered to be cosmetic in nature. Keratosis pilaris on face parts is very difficult to hide. It might just be vanity but the embarrassment that having such a skin condition on the face could affect a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. If your keratosis pilaris appears on your face, there are a number of ways by which you could improve the appearance of your skin and save face.
Keratosis pilaris on face parts is called keratosis pilaris rubra faceii. This kind of keratosis pilaris looks like acne. These small bumps on the skin are conical papules caused by keratinization. Usually found on the cheeks, these conical papules, also referred to as folliculocentric keratotic papules, appear as small patches of bumpy skin. Such skin condition often comes with redness and inflammation. One similar skin condition that is also suspected when keratosis pilaris rubra faceii is observed is roscaeca. Unlike acne, this skin condition is largely caused by keratin plugs rather than bacteria. As such, acne treatments will not likely rid your face of the small bumpy patches of keratosis pilaris.
Just like keratosis pilaris found in any other part of the body, there are natural remedies that would work well in improving skin appearance. Although experts have not yet found a permanent cure for this skin condition, there are a number of ways by which the appearance of small bumpy patches could be diminished. The basic rule in treating keratosis pilaris is to cleanse the skin twice a day, exfoliate once a day, and moisturize for most of the day.
Cleanse the face twice a day with a mild facial wash. Note that the skin on the face is much more sensitive than those of other parts of the body. There are times when keratosis pilaris is not easily noticeable in the upper arms or the thighs. Those that appear on the face, however, are usually red and inflamed. You should take care to use only the mildest and gentles cleansing products around. Choose those soaps that are free of harsh chemicals that could irritate the skin more. Be careful also not to wash too much. Twice a day is just about reasonable enough to prevent further drying of the facial skin.
Exfoliating the skin, again using gentle products, should be your next step. This step cleans away the dirt and impurities that are clogging the pores and are causing the papule formation, the skin irritation, and the skin inflammation. While this would not completely erase the presence of these small bumpy patches of skin, it would at least help diminish the size of the bumps and ease the inflammation quite a bit.
Lastly, keeping the skin moisturized is another one of the things you can do to improve the appearance of your keratosis pilaris. Drinking lots of water is perhaps the best way to ensure that your face, and your entire body is hydrated enough. Other ways by which you can keep your face moisturized is to use creams or lotions that contain powerful emollients, and soaking in bath water infused with a few tablespoons of Vitamin E oil.