What is Keratosis Pilaris?
As the name implies, this term means spiny bumps of dead skin cells centered on the hair follicle (Yes that is the translation! You have to love dermatology which is full of long terms that describe visual skin changes!). It is an inherited condition that is worse when you are young and when your skin is really dry.
What does keratosis pilaris look like?
If you are one of the lucky people prone to KP (as I am) you know that your skin is rougher than other people’s and has little reddish-brown rough bumps in certain areas. The most common area to manifest KP is the back of the upper arms. The thighs are prone too, as well as the upper back, buttocks and the lower cheeks.
What is the best way to get rid of the skin bumps of keratosis pilaris?
Treatment involves preventing skin dryness by using gentle cleansers and moisturizing within 3 minutes after toweling dry from bathing. This treatment is more effective when you also use exfoliation to remove dead cells and when you use a keratolytic ingredient (translated to mean: something that breaks apart keratin) such as glycolic acid.
Exfoliate with rough scrubs, shower cloths or sponges and hydrate with a rich glycolic acid moisturizer. Using keratolytic cleansers with your rough cloth or sponge helps too, and these include cleansers with glycolic acid, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (note that benzoyl peroxide can lighten fabric).
Can you have smooth and soft skin if you have KP (keratosis pilaris, also called 'chicken skin')?
It is possible to have smooth skin if you are diligent with your anti-KP skin care.
Once your KP is under control you can alternate your glycolic acid moisturizer with a non-glycolic acid moisturizer, but be sure to moisturize almost every time you bathe to prevent the spiny bumps of KP from coming back. Protect KP skin from the sun to keep the red spots from becoming brownish-red.
My top choice product for keratosis pilaris is my Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Kit.