29 November 2012, 11:47
Ever noticed clusters of tiny rough bumps on your child's upper outer arms, or even on your own skin?
They look almost like goosebumps but they do not go away when the cold weather is gone like the normal goose pimples.
You or your child could be experiencing a genetic skin disorder referred to as Keratosis pilaris.
Keratosis pilaris is evidenced by the appearance of the small hard rough bumps on the skin that form when keratin, the skin protein, accumulates around the hair follicles.
The affected skin has the appearance of chicken skin.
The condition is mostly prominent among children and adolescents, though some adults may suffer from it.
It is a somewhat recurrent condition as it keeps re-appearing and disappearing.
It however improves with age.
The affected skin does not itch though it may do so in instances where an irritation has occurred, for instance, when a certain fabric rubs against the skin.
You can control keratosis pilaris by ensuring that the affected skin is moisturized as dry skin worsens the conditions and may cause itchiness.
A light moisturizer should be rubbed on it twice or thrice daily.
The skin should be washed using gentle cleansers.
Although keratosis pilaris has no dietary associations, some foods that are generally good for the skin are reccommended.
Sweet potatoes which are currently in plenty in the country, are rich in beta carotene, an anti-oxidant present in red, yellow and orange vegetables.
Salmon is also a good choice as it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the production of inflammatory substances hence helping unclog skin pores.
Sunflower seeds have been known to diminish appearance of scars and are hence recommended.
A mixture of the unsalted seeds with raisins would form the perfect healthy snack for your child.
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