Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is a common and harmless skin condition, usually found on arms, legs and bottom. It typically includes dry rough skin, small red or brown bumps on the skin, and can also be quite itchy. Because of the tiny dot-like bumps, keratosis pilaris has earned the unfortunate nickname “chicken skin”.
It isn’t known exactly why some people get keratosis pilaris, but it is thought to be hereditary. We can be assured that it isn’t infectious and can’t be spread.
We do however know WHAT it is- it’s a build up of keratin within a hair follicle which causes it to become blocked. Keratin isn’t a harmful substance, occurring naturally within the body, and is found in nails, hair and skin.
Everyday Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris
Because keratosis pilaris results from this build-up, it’s important to exfoliate the skin effectively and consistently. Using a physical exfoliant can result in damage to the skin, with bead and kernels being too harsh on skin that is already dry. Instead, use a chemical exfoliant, such as and AHA like glycolic acid. This will evenly and gently exfoliate the build up, to prevent it from forming.
It’s also important to make sure that the skin is properly moisturised, to help soften the bumps and soothe the dry skin.
- keep skin moisturised, using The Perfect Body Lotion, which contains a host of skin-loving ingredients
- gently exfoliate skin using a glycolic body wash such as The Perfect Body Wash
- reduce the temperature of your bath/ shower to lukewarm
- Gently pat skin dry after washing
- scrub skin with physical exfoliants
- have hot showers and baths
- scratch itchy skin, or try to pick off any bumps and texture