Keratosis Pilaris (also known as chicken skin) is a common skin condition that causes redness, rough patches, bumpiness that look like goosebumps on the skin. It appears commonly around the cheeks, upper arm and buttocks, however recently I had some keratosis appear on my back and my chest so it’s really depends on the individual.
It is caused by an accumulation of keratin, which eventually clogs the opening of the hair follicles leaving the skin bumpy and dry. The bumps are usually painless, do not itch and are not contiguous.
They sometimes clear up without any treatment but if it persists there are several over the counter products that work well in eradicating the bumps. However, I always recommend getting professional advice from a skin therapist or dermatologist if symptoms persist.
Exfoliation is key to clearing chicken skin. Using acids like lactic acid, salicylic acid help remove dead skin cells and some also leave the skin hydrated eventually leading to clear skin. It’s also helpful to use vitamin A skincare products to help prevent chicken. My go to products are Bio oil or Deciem retin oil and I use them as needed but not when pregnant or nursing, big NO!
Other ways I care for my KP are
1. Diet: I make an effort to eat as clean as possible and I incorporate foods rich in omegas 3; which help keep my skin clear. I also add omega supplements daily which help with dryness.
2. Fragrance free and soap free body washes- Personally I noticed body gels or washes with soap or over whelming fragrance; dries my skin leading to build up of keratin. I advise using mild ingredients to cleanse your skin daily
3. Hydration: Hydration inside and out will also improve /prevent KP.
I hope these few tips was useful to you, please would love to hear your tips on how you feel with KP. Please leave a comment below. Thanks.
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