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Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

Hydrate and Moisturise 'Chicken Skin'
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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris Examples

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 treatments available.

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion

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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.

NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion

RRP: £37.42
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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.

Exuviance Retexturing Treatment

RRP: £35.45
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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.

Avène Akérat 10 Body Cream

RRP: £15.00
Our Price: £14.00

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About Keratosis Pilaris:

One of the most common skin concerns affecting 1 in 3 people in the UK, Keratosis Pilaris, also known as chicken skin, is not harmful in any way but can become frustrating when all you really want is soft, smooth skin.

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a build up of keratin in the hair follicles of the skin. This build up blocks the follicles and creates hard, rough skin which can be seen as little rough bumps that are often found on the backs of arms, on the thighs and in some cases can be found on the front of the arms and the upper back.

The bumps can appear as tiny white bumps, tiny red bumps or tiny bumps the same colour as your skin, and often look like a rash. They can sometimes itch and become irritated or they may not cause any irritation whatsoever.

This skin condition is more common amongst children, females and anyone suffering with Eczema, and commonly starts during childhood. It tends to be hereditary so if one or both of your parents had it, it is likely you will also develop it.

Keratosis Pilaris or 'Chicken Skin' can naturally disappear with age but if you’d prefer not to put up with it, there are skincare products you can use to help manage its appearance and treat it. These products exfoliate the skin, removing the dead skin cells and the build up of keratin on the skin. They help smooth the skin, leaving it soft and even in tone and texture.