Also known as ‘chicken skin bumps’ – how lovely!
If I had to guess, I would say that most of us experience this skin ‘disorder’ if you wanna call it that. Do you have bumps on the backs of your arms, fronts of your thighs, rosy cheeks, and maybe even on your ‘baby got back’?! Those bumps & rough skin are most likely due to keratosis pilaris or KP. KP is extremely common – whether you suffer from a few bumps or have a severe case, it can be quite annoying & can even make you self conscious. Although this condition tends to get better as you get older (starts in puberty), these bumps may never actually go away. However, there are certainly things you can do to treat this adorable chicken skin 😉
KP is basically just dead skin cells that causes bumps. Your skin’s dead cell layer builds up around the hair follicles & plugs the entire follicle opening. Redness can develop around the hair follicles & even cause the hair to get trapped making them look just like pimples.
The key to helping you acquire soft skin again is to exfoliate and moisturize. The three treatment regimen steps to follow are:
Step 1 – Exfoliate
Consider using a rough shower cloth, sponge or a gritty body scrub when you bathe. Removing the dead skin cells helps clear up any bumps you’ve already got & helps prevent future ones.
Apparently the Salux Beauty Cloth is supposed to be the bomb.com for KP & dry skin (good for cellulite too!)
Step 2 – Use the right products!
Consider using products with keratolytic ingredients. Keratolytic works by loosening the glue that holds the dead cell plugs together. Common products include –
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) – i.e. glycolic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicyclic acid
Are these words hard to spell or is it just me!? Lawd!
#CheekyConfidential Start out slow! Some of these products can cause the skin to get chapped, so use a couple times a week starting out!
Step 3 – Moisturize
Lather up! Each and every day, apply a great lotion! I’m the absolute worst at applying body lotion – I don’t love the texture however I can tolerate CeraVe body cream. Another good lotion, that actually contains glycolic acid is Glytone.
Your skincare provider can also recommend some products for you to use on your skin.
Do you suffer from KP? Have a regime that works? Share in the comments section below.