What is Keratosis Pilaris?
It affects over 40% of the UK population but many sufferers don't even know they have keratosis pilaris.
It occurs when an overproduction of keratin within the skin mixes with dead cells to form a
plug or blockage inside the hair follicles. This then forms a tiny hard lump under the surface
of the skin which can then become irritated, inflamed and itchy.
Keratosis pilaris tends to develop on the backs of the arms and can affect men, women and
children. It is hereditary but it also affects eczema sufferers and those with naturally
dry skin, often worsening during the colder months.
What are the symptoms?
Keratosis pilaris can vary in appearance but its main symptoms concern rough, bumpy skin and a
blotchy appearance usually on the backs of the arms and sometimes the thighs.
It is often likened to the texture of chicken skin or feeling like you have permanent goose bumps.
These lumps often appear white or flesh coloured but they can also become red and inflamed.
How do I treat it?
There is no definitive cure but the condition can be controlled by using a combination of exfoliating and moisturising skin care.
Avoid harsh grainy scrubs and use AHAs such as Lactic Acid instead to soften uneven texture, encourage cell renewal
and remove keratin plugs from within the hair follicles.
Make sure you moisturise the skin daily to maintain a smooth surface and stick to soap-free body washes to avoid drying
out the skin or aggravating the condition.
Generally Keratosis Pilaris clears up over time but if your condition is particularly severe and you want further
advice then visit your GP who can recommend alternative treatments.
Top 4 Keratosis Pilaris Treatments
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion
Improves the appearance of rough, bumpy skin
Formulated with high levels of Lactic Acid to remove dead cells and Sweet Almond Oil to
condition dry patches, this body lotion is one of the most effective Keratosis Pilaris
NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion
Powerful exfoliating body treatment
The 8% Glycolic Acid in this moisturising lotion effectively removes
damaged cells and keratin plugs to leave limbs silky smooth and even
in tone. Not suitable for sensitive skin.
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Exuviance Retexturing Treatment
Effectively resurfaces rough, flaky skin
Massaged into problem skin on the arms and legs, this dual-action lotion uses an AHA/PHA blend to remove dead cells and surface bumps while Shea Butter conditions and strengthens the lipid barrier.
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Avène Akérat Body Cream
Soothes and corrects rough skin
Through a combination of Lactic and Salicylic Acid, this targeted moisturiser helps to remove keratin plugs and soften uneven texture while a high concentration of Urea soothes inflammation.
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