Keratosis Pilaris: How To Cure Your Bumpy Chicken Skin

 

“Chicken Skin” CAN Be Successfully Cured!

 

Keratosis pilaris or “chicken skin” is a common skin condition that causes patches of rough-feeling bumps to appear on the skin.

These tiny bumps or pimples are actually dead skin cells plugging hair follicles. These bumps sometimes appear red or brown in color.

Chicken skin is commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. Chicken skin isn’t contagious and these bumps don’t usually cause any discomfort or itching.

It’s known to worsen in the winter months when the skin tends to dry out, and may also worsen during pregnancy.  It may also clear up naturally by about age 30.

 

The good news is that unsightly keratosis pilaris can be treated.

 

 

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris

 

 

The most notable symptom of keratosis pilaris is its appearance. The visible bumps appearing on the skin resemble that of goosebumps or the skin of a plucked chicken. This is why it’s commonly known as “chicken skin.”

The bumps can appear anywhere on the skin where hair follicles exist (which is why they never appear on the soles of your feet or palms of your hands).

Keratosis pilaris is most often found on the upper arms and thighs, and can also extend to the forearms and lower legs.

 

Other symptoms associated with KP include:
  • slight pinkness or redness around bumps
  • itchy, irritable skin
  • dry skin
  • sandpaper-like feeling of bumps
  • bumps that can appear in different colors depending on skin tone (flesh-colored, white, red, pink, brown, or black)

 

Causes of Keratosis Pilaris

 

This harmless skin condition is the result of a buildup of keratin — a hair protein — in the pores.

If you have chicken skin, the keratin of your body hair gets clogged in the pores, blocking the opening of growing hair follicles. As a result, a small bump forms over where a hair should be.

If you were to pick at the bump (don’t), you may notice a small body hair emerge.

The exact cause of keratin buildup is unknown, but doctors think it may be associated with other skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and genetic diseases.

 

How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris

 

Dermatological Treatments For KP

 

 

A skin doctor, or dermatologist, may recommend a moisturizing treatment to soothe itchy, dry skin and to improve the skin’s appearance from the keratosis rash.

Prescription topical creams can also remove dead skin cells or prevent hair follicles from being blocked.

Two common ingredients within moisturizing treatments are urea and lactic acid. Together these ingredients help to loosen and remove dead skin cells and soften dry skin.

 

Some good examples are:

Urea Labs 10% Urea Cream

 

DRMTLGY Lactic Acid (12%) Lotion

 

 

Other treatment methods your dermatologist might prescribe include:

 

Be wary of the ingredients in these creams though, and talk with your doctor before using them.

 

Some acids in prescription topical creams can cause:

  • redness
  • stinging
  • irritation
  • dryness

 

If your skin tends to be sensitive and reactive, avoid these creams altogether.

There are also some experimental treatment options available, such as photopneumatic therapy and vascular laser treatment.

 

Home Remedies For Keratosis Pilaris

 

There are some techniques you can try to treat it at home.  Self-care treatments can help to minimize bumps, itching, and irritation.

 

Warm Baths

 

 

Taking short, warm baths can help to unclog and loosen pores. Rub your skin with an exfoliating brush to potentially remove bumps.

It’s important to limit your time in the bath, however, because longer wash times can remove the body’s natural oils.

 

Exfoliation

 

Example: Faay Loofahs

 

Daily exfoliation can help to improve the appearance of the skin. Dermatologists recommend gently removing dead skin with a loofah.

 

Coconut Oil

 

Example: Garden of Life Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a base to a sugar scrub to help exfoliate and soothe itchy, dry skin.

 

Avoid Tight Clothes

Wearing tight clothes can cause friction that can irritate the skin.

 

Humidifiers

 

Example: Victsing Humidifier

 

Humidifiers add moisture to the air in a room, which can maintain the moisture in your skin and prevent itchy flare-ups.

 

The Ultimate Cure For Keratosis Pilaris

 

No one needs to suffer with frustrating, embarrassing KP.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover in “Banish My Bumps”

  • How to eliminate keratosis pilaris without the need for any medication
  • How to treat your child’s keratosis pilaris in the special kids section.
  • How to focus on the root cause of keratosis pilaris – rather than just the symptoms.
  • The KP clearing ingredients that you can purchase very inexpensively at your local store.
  • Learn the causes of keratosis pilaris and how to eliminate them.
  • How to stop using dangerous supplements & harsh skincare creams.
  • A step-by-step regimen to clear your KP.
  • How to slow down your skin aging process.
  • Facts your dermatologist won’t tell you or doesn’t even know about KP.
  • 3 skin conditions that mimic KP (almost identically!)
  • How to unleash your body’s own natural ability to heal itself (from ALL skin problems).
  • And so much more!

 

Don’t make another disappointing trip to the dermatologist for expensive prescriptions. 

 

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References

  • American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Keratosis pilaris.
    aad.org/public/diseases/bumps-and-growths/keratosis-pilaris#treatment
  • American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. (n.d.). Keratosis Pilaris.
    aocd.org/?page=KeratosisPilaris
  • Ciliberto H, et al. (2013). Photopneumatic therapy for the treatment of keratosis pilaris.
    jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961613P0804X
  • Ibrahim O, et al. (2015). Treatment of keratosis pilaris with 810-nm diode laser: A randomized clinical trial. DOI:
    10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.2211
  • Mayo Clinic. (2017). Keratosis pilaris.
    mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20168391

 

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