How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris

Chicken skin, the never ending goose-bumps, whatever you want to call it, we want to see the back of Keratosis Pilaris.

Chicken skin, the never ending goose-bumps, whatever you want to call it, Keratosis Pilaris can be the absolute pits, but if your arm yourself with a bit of knowledge and the best treatments available, you can keep the symptoms at bay. Here’s what you need to know…



What is Keratosis Pilaris 



Keratosis Pilaris is a common condition (up to 1 in 3 people in the UK suffer from KP) where your skin becomes rough and bumpy, as if covered in goose pimples, and it most commonly affects the skin on your back, your upper arms and sometimes the skin on your thighs. That’s not to say that you can’t get keratosis pilaris anywhere else. Other variants include eyebrows, face scalp, or your entire body.



How to know you have Keratosis Pilaris



Patches of affected skin will be covered in tiny bumps and almost look like ‘chicken skin’. It also tends to get worse in winter, due to the harsh weather and better in summer when your skin is exposed to more vitamin D.



What causes Keratosis Pilaris?



Unfortunately, it’s hereditary, so if your parents suffered from KP, it’s likely that you’ll suffer from it too. This is because your skin is prone to a build up of keratin in the hair follicles. Keratin itself is a protein found in the tough outer layer of your skin, which causes the surface of the skin to thicken. When this excess keratin blocks your hair follicles, it widens your pores, causing a bump.



How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris



The bad news is you can’t ‘cure’ Keratosis Pilaris as such, but you can relieve the symptoms a great deal. Non-soap cleansers will be your best friend. You want to wash your skin with anything that won’t dry out your skin or clog your pores further, which is why you also need to invest in a good body moisturiser or body oil. There are also many treatments that are proven to speed up cell turnover, unclog pores and soften your skin.


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Exfoliate and hydrate your skin to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris

Try these Keratosis Pilaris tretaments:

1. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, £27.50 
Give your skin a healthy dose of lactic acid, allantoin and urea which speeds up the skin’s natural shedding process, so newer, smoother skin can work its way to the surface. You’ll also find glycerin which draws moisture to the skin, and sweet almond oil which ensures everything stays silky soft.

2. Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10%, £10.12

This lotion is slightly thicker than Ameliorate, which makes for a great nighttime body moisturiser. Its genius is in its urea and lactate formula. Urea might sound gross – yes, it is indeed found in urine and no, you’re not putting pee on your skin – but it works. It’s already found naturally in our bodies and is there to help maintain a healthy moisture balance and a strong skin barrier (both essential if you want to banish the bumps). Adding more of it to your skin helps to trap more moisture within its layers.

Lactate on the other hand is the same as lactic acid and will boost cell turnover and bring fresh, smooth skin to the surface.

3. Cane + Austin Retexturizing Pads for Body, £56 
Don’t be put off by the price. If your KP is on the manageable side you’ll probably see enough of an improvement with regular use of Ameliorate and/or the Eucerin Intensive Lotion. But, if you need more help getting rid of those bump, try these. They’re saturated in glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin and smoothes over Keratosis Pilaris. There’s also vitamins A, C and E plus COQ10 to keep your skin hydrated and ward off clogged follicles.

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