Keratosis Beauty Secrets
Keratosis manifests itself as a result of a build up of keratin in on the skin. So, what exactly is keratin? Simply put, the outer layer of our skin is primarily made up of keratin, a very strong protein which is in fact, a key structural material in the makeup of not only the skin, but in the hair, nails and teeth as well. Keratosis occurs when excess protein build-up results in the eruption of a variety of growths on the skin.
There are four different types of keratosis: Actinic keratosis, a condition which produces legions which have a thick, scaly or crusty texture; it is common in mainly fair skinned persons and is also associated with persons who spend a lot of time in the sun. It is also what is known as a pre-malignant condition. This means that it is possible that cancer can occur if the lesions are left untreated. Hydrocarbon keratosis, is a precancerous skin lesion which occurs in people who have been exposed to high levels of ‘polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons’ (PAHs). Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a follicular condition. This means that excess keratin has built up, entrapping the hair follicles in the pores. This results in rough bumps on the skin and appears on any part of the body except the palms or soles of the feet. They can also appear on the face and are often mistaken for acne. Seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous skin growth. It occurs most often as people get older and is considered harmless. There is no treatment necessary for this form.
Skin growths, lesions, bumps, etc., are often unpleasant to look at and effort is often made to cover them up using a variety of methods, including beauty treatments. One such increasingly popular treatment is virgin coconut oil used mainly in treating Keratosis Pilaris. It not only eases the irritation caused by the bumps which appear but helps to improve the look and quality of the skin. It involves taking a shower, rubbing the coconut oil all over the body as a lotion and moisturizer. A daily application achieves maximum positive effect. Another keratosis beauty secret is the use of an aspirin mask. Aspirin consists of Beta Hydroxy Acids found in many skin creams. A mask can be made crushing 10-12 aspirins creating a mixture, rubbing it into the skin for ten seconds, as exfoliation.
It is important to note that these beauty secrets are purely for cosmetic purposes, where the treatment of pre-cancerous growths are concerned, a visit to the doctor is essential.