Keratosis pilaris is a genetic type of hyperkeratosis in which tiny, scaly spots on the arms and legs arise. It is very common, affecting about 40% of the population. One would think it must also affect celebrities, so how come we never see stars with keratosis pilaris? Keratosis pilaris is hard to see in photographs, so celebrity snaps don’t often capture the condition. Celebrities who have been known to suffer from keratosis pilaris include Nicole Kidman, Michelle Rodriguez and Kiera Knightley.
While celebrities may have more resources to treat keratosis pilaris, celebrity treatments for this condition of hyperkeratosis are not so different from ours. Everybody can treat keratosis pilaris using the same methods that celebrities use.
Nicole Kidman has reportedly suffered from keratosis pilaris. Kidman is fair skinned and comes from an Irish background, making her more susceptible to this form of hyperkeratosis. Dr. Vail Reese, a dermatologist for celebrities, says Kidman has suffered from skin conditions but manages to hide her hyperkeratosis through make up and has treated her condition successfully.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, Lost) has also suffered from keratosis pilaris. While he did not treat the actress, Vail Reese advised Rodriguez as to how to treat the hyperkeratosis condition. Dr Reese stated, “I’ve studied shots of Michelle Rodriguez and she has a unique case of KP on her well-toned arms: small, pimple-like bumps in the place of hair follicles. KP is a genetic tendency to tiny, scaly spots on the arms and legs. Unlike facial blemishes, which are worsened by oiliness, KP flares when the skin is dry. Scrubbing and exfoliation just make the bumps burn as bright red as the tropical island sun. Only hydration can smooth the skin. Avoidance of soap and scrubs are the key to clearance, along with prescription moisturisers containing lactic acid and urea, gently applied to the wet skin.” Any of these suggestions can be used to overcome hyperkeratosis in the form or keratosis pilaris. Celebrities are no different from us – they suffer from hyperkeratosis as well and they also have to put in personal effort in treat the condition.
Another celebrity who claims she does not have good skin is Kiera Knightley (Love, Actually, Atonement). Kiera Knightley confesses that she suffers from keratosis pilaris and well as acne. What celebrity treatment does Kiera Knightley use to overcome her case of keratosis pilaris? “It’s about four hours of make-up actually. And I have a very good dermatologist,” she says. Make-up such as concealers and mineral make-up foundations will give you coverage for smaller areas of keratosis pilaris, reducing the red appearance of the condition. If you have the money, invest in a good dermatologist who can advise you on the best treatment for this condition of hyperkeratosis.
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