Healthy skin isn’t only about physical appearance; the skin is actually a living, breathing organ with important functions such as acting as a barrier to outside toxins, sensation, heat regulation, expression, excretion (sweating) and absorption.
Healthy skin starts from within, so focusing on your daughter’s health and nutrition is a good place to start. It is essential to drink at least one litre of fluid a day for a child (1ƒ litres for an adult) to maintain skin health.
Next, reduce sun exposure. Apply Factor 50 and ensure both UVA and UVB protection.
Lastly follow a healthy diet rich in minerals and vitamins and low in processed foods and refined sugars.
One particularly common and unpopular skin condition is Keratosis Polaris (KP), commonly known as chicken skin — it refers to the coarse, dry, sandpaper-like bumps that appear mainly on the arms, thighs and buttocks.
The bumps are usually white but may sometimes be red, and there may appear to be trapped hairs in them at times. It often runs in families.
The severity may vary through the seasons, often worse in winter and easing in summer. It is thought that air dryness cause by central heating may be the reason for this.
Keratin is a tough protein that forms a protective layer on the skin but when built up in the hair follicles forms a scaly plug, which leads to the bumpy texture of the skin. The buildup of these plugs is what we see in KP.
Dry skin makes the condition worse and it is more common in those who have conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. KP usually appears in the first decade of life, and peaks in the teens and 20s, and in many people eases after the age of 30.
It is thought to occur in over 50% of the population, and is more common in women than men. KP is not