Laser Hair Removal to Treat Keratosis Pilaris?

January 20, 2011 in Hair Removal 101,Laser hair removal

Keratosis Pilaris, often called chicken skin or goose bump skin, is a very common skin condition that causes tiny bumps and rough patches on various parts of the body, but usually on the upper arms or on the thighs and buttocks. Keratosis Pilaris is believed to be caused by a protein called keratin which forms hard plugs in the hair follicles. There are different types of this condition, and while some can cause discomfort or itch, most do not cause anything at all and the condition itself is completely harmless. Still, many people who have keratosis Pilaris are unhappy with their skins appearance and are looking for ways to improve the texture. Laser hair removal is believed by some to treat this condition.

Exfoliating the skin, taking vitamins, making dietary changes as well as using a variety of lotions and creams, and undergoing microdermabrasion can all be helpful in treating keratosis pilaris, but this condition is usually very hard to get rid of. However, in recent times laser hair removal has given hope to those who are unhappy with having keratosis pilaris. While this treatment cannot eliminate all the keratosis pilaris in one treatment, many people have reported that laser hair removal has improved the bumpiness of the skin.

The reason why some people believe that laser hair removal can help to treat keratosis pilaris is because it is essentially a hair follicle disorder. Eliminating the hair follicles that are causing the keratosis pilaris would no longer allow them to form those plugs that are causing the bumps. In addition to finding a highly rated laser hair removal clinic, someone who is going in to treat their keratosis pilaris should make sure in advance that the practitioner who will be performing the treatments has experience in treating individuals with keratosis pilaris. While this is not an absolute must, it can certainly be very helpful, as an practitioner who has experience with keratosis pilaris might make adjustments that otherwise wouldn’t be made.

When performed by an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner, laser hair removal is most definitely a safe and efficient treatment, but patience will be required, as laser hair removal cannot improve the keratosis pilaris in one treatment. Most likely, several treatments will be needed in order to see a difference. Keratosis Pilaris is known to be resistant to therapy and patience will most definitely be needed.

While laser hair removal can probably not result in skin that is completely free of keratosis pilaris, it can often make the skin look and feel much better. In addition to improving the appearance of the keratosis pilaris, laser hair removal can also lead to permanent reduction in hair and a smoother skin overall.

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