Hyperkeratosis is the thickening of the skin on your body. This can be the skin’s defense mechanism against irritation, friction and pressure. Hyperkeratosis is not usually painful and the condition is most likely to affect parts of the body that experience friction, such as the soles of the feet, the elbows and the knees. There are a number of different treatment options for hyperkeratosis, depending on the type of hyperkeratosis you are suffering from, but the first measures to combat hyperkeratosis may be some beauty secrets that you can carry out at home.
Hard patches of skin on the elbows, feet or knees can be treated with a good quality moisturizer with natural ingredients. Take a warm bath with a few drops of tea tree oil, almond milk or aloe vera. When you wash, be gentle with your skin. After bathing, blot the skin with a towel and allow a little bit of moisture to remain on the skin. Use a moisturizing cream immediately after bathing to entrap moisture into the skin. Apply a cream with lactic acid to the area every day. This will remove extra keratin. Use a humidifier in your home to prevent skin from drying out. If you work long hours in an office you can also use a humidifier there. Air conditioning systems can be very drying for the skin. Winter is the worst time for your skin as the cold weather saps the skin of moisture. Avoid the cold if you can and wear loose clothing that does not restrict your skin.
Look for creams which work to soften the skin. Ingredients such as lactic acid, salicylic acid and collodion will work effectively, but you may need a prescription for creams containing these active ingredients. Natural skin softeners include vitamin A, borage oil and yoghurt. A great natural beauty secret is to make a mixture of yoghurt and almond meal, rub gently onto the affected areas of hyperkeratosis and then wash off. The almond will act as a natural exfoliate while the yoghurt will soften your skin. Exfoliation can be very beneficial for your hyperkeratosis problem, but be sure to exfoliate softly as harsh rubbing can irritate your skin and cause redness to appear. Gentle body scrubs are also effective beauty treatments. Pick one with all natural ingredients. For a cheap effective body scrub, mix salt or brown sugar with jojoba oil or olive oil and rub gently onto the skin in a circular motion before rinsing off.
The best beauty secret for hyperkeratosis is to keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water to avoid your skin drying out and fill up a bottle of water when you go out, ensuring that you take sips while you are out so you don’t become dehydrated.