No More Chicken Skin!
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is completely harmless but can be difficult to keep under control. Sometimes referred to as 'chicken skin', it presents itself as dry, rough patches of bumps on skin, which can appear on your upper thighs, back of your arms and even on your face. If you struggle with this chicken skin on arms, legs or your face, you're not alone. Approximately 40% of adults and 80% of adolescents have these Keratosis Pilaris bumps somewhere on their bodies.
Although this condition can appear at any age, it can begin to show signs in young children. This condition can appear all year round, however it is prone to flare ups in cold climates. Often the cause of Keratosis Pilaris is due to a buildup of Keratin in the hair follicle in the skin. Keratin is a protein naturally produced in the body, and can form a plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. These plugs are what create the rough, bumpy patches of skin, which can also be flaky and dry.
1. The first step is exfoliation! Regular exfoliation can help to smooth the skin and buff away any bumps - don't try to scratch them off! However, this step alone will not address the inflammation at the base of the hair follicle.
2. Use a hard working moisturiser. Regularly moisturising softens dry skin and can promote cell turnover, preventing blocked pores.
3. It is important to avoid synthetic ingredients commonly found in mainstream scrubs and lotions as these can make the skin extremely dry.
4. Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris is all about consistency, so once you find a routine that works, stick to it.
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