Keratosis Pilaris Dry/Sensitive Skin Care Guide

Updated on January 21, 2019
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Brittany Banks is a young woman who is a very organized person. She loves to clean and create new ways to rearrange the house.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris, also known as "KP," is a common and non-contagious skin disorder. KP is caused when the hair follicle pores are over-clogged with keratin. Our bodies naturally produce keratin. With this skin disorder, it can make the skin look red and bumpy. Some people experience inflamed skin as well. Your goal is to prevent those hair follicle pores from getting clogged. You can achieve this if you find the right skin products. If you have dry, sensitive skin like I do, this can be a very long process. Let me guide you in the right direction.


Cleansing Your Body

Take mild temperature showers. This can help relieve your skin of inflammation and redness. Stick to using the same body wash and soap. For some people, if they change the soap they use, it can cause irritation. I use Irish Spring Bar Soap. This is the only soap I have used. I use it to shave and use it to cleanse. If you believe that your soap is causing irritation, try changing to something different. Everybody has different skin. It can take awhile to find the right soap, but you can do store returns even if you've used it. Don't waste your money.


Cleaning And Washing Your Face

Washing your face can be tricky. Let's start with removing the make up off your face. I prefer using baby wipes over any other type of wipes. Some face wipes have chemicals in them that can cause more irritation. Having kp, your face is very prone to becoming easily inflamed. Now let's talk about face cleansers. You need to find a face cleanser that will help with redness and not cause irritation. I love using Burt's Bee's Sensitive Skin Cleanser. This cleanser has helped my skin improve and feel healthy. Once you find a cleanser, you need to buy some microfiber wash cloths and only use them for your face. Use your cleanser once a day. While you are washing your face, use mild temperature water. If you have acne, take a break from using any acne cleanser. Some acne cleansers have a lot of chemicals in them and can cause your face to feel like it's burning. This burning sensation is a sign of irritation. Irritation can cause redness. Do not scrub your face. Wash your face gently.

My Experiance With Face Cleansing Products

Star Rating
CeraVe Hydrating
1 Star
Too Drying
1.5 Stars
Too Drying
1 Star
Simple Sensitive Skin
It was ok.
3 Stars
Too drying, but did work for redness.
3 Stars
Clean & Clear
Too Drying.
1.5 Stars
Stings/Too Drying
1 Star
Eucerin Redness Relief
Didn't work for redness.
1 Star
Noxema Classic
1 Star
Yes To Grapefruit
Too Drying
1.5 Stars
Too Drying
1 Star
Burt's Bee's Sensitive
A little drying, works a little for redness.
3 Stars


When I talked to my doctor, she told me to find an emollient cream. I tried everything and anything. Let's talk about what you should do. You need to use lotion twice a day with this skin disorder or you will not see any improvement. Apply lotion after a shower and after you wash your face. Moisturizing your skin is very important to keep it looking young and healthy. A emollient is thicker than lotion. I found Gold Bond Healing Lotion does the trick for my skin. Don't forget, you can do returns if you used it once and don't like it. Don't waste your money.

Lotions I Have Tried

Star Rating
Burt's Bee's Sensitive
I like this lotion, but didn't see any improvement.
2.5 Stars
Eucerin Redness Relief
Don't work for redness.
1.5 Stars
Aveeno Spf 15
I love this lotion, but I didn't see any improvement.
3 Stars
Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy
I didn't like this one at all. It made my face more red and stung.
1.5 Stars
Gold Bond Healing
Great for hydration, not redness. Great on the body not the face.
3 Stars

Overnight Skin Care

Purchase some cotton balls and pink calamine lotion. Yes, calamine lotion is great for your skin. Our parents probably used this if we ever had chicken pox when we were young. You can use calamine on anything that has to deal with your skin. This pink lotion can help with redness dramically. You will go to bed with a red face and wake up without it. Calamine also works for acne. Don't use acne products, because they have chemicals in them that can burn your face. Calamine is cool to the skin and will help with inflammation. I have seen improvement with my acne and black heads. You may look like you got in a fight with a paint brush. If you can fight the embarrassment of it, then this method may work for you. You should start seeing improvement within a month. Apply calamine lotion using a cotton ball and dabbing it on. Beware, calamine lotion is very runny, but dries quickly.



I hope you find the skin care products that work for you. I have been down this road that you are taking. Having Keratosis Pilaris can be embarrassing and frustrating. Researchers say when we get older, our skin disorder may improve. I really hope they are right for the sake of all of us going through this. Meanwhile, we do what we can do that is best for our skin. If we treat it right, we will have good looking skin. If you haven't already, please visit your doctor. It may not be Keratosis Pilaris that you have, it could be something else.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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