Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Products

The skin problem of “KP”, or “chicken skin bumps", is really called keratosis pilaris. As the name implies, they are tiny, spiny keratin bumps sticking out from the follicular pores (hair follicles). It’s a common skin problem that is inherited. It’s worse during childhood and the young adult years and though not curable, the condition often lessens with age. The areas of skin most affected by KP are the back of the arms and the front of the thighs. The back and buttocks' cheeks can be affected too.

To get rid of the bumps of keratosis pilaris, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your skin. If you look closely at an area of KP, you will see that the little bumps are usually white and look like mini-pimples. The little white bumps feel rough and if you loosen one, you will see it is actually a hard and pointy little plug sticking out of a pore. The plug is made of dead cells that got stuck in the pore. The pore often has a little redness around it. It is also important to know that people with KP tend to have dry skin in these areas, and the KP gets rougher and worsens when the skin is dry.  

Treatment therefore is aimed at keeping the skin hydrated and getting rid of the plugs. We do that by using moisturizing creams and lotions that contain ingredients called keratolytics that loosen the 'glue' holding dead cells together. The soft, loosened cells in the plugs are then exfoliated with a rough cloth. Done regularly, the KP bumps will melt away.

Glycolic acid is an excellent keratolytic for KP. It is the best of the alpha-hydroxy acids for loosening the glue holding dead cells together. When used in a moisturizer, glycolic acid works wonders on keratosis pilaris. Other keratolytics that work against KP include lactic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide.

Use the 4 essential skin care steps to treat your KP:

Cleanse using an exfoliating cloth or scrub, and rub the areas using an exfoliating cleanser such as Glytone Body Wash, Foaming Acne Cleanser, or Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser.

Correct and Hydrate with the Glytone Body Lotion or another moisturizer with a powerful keratolytic. Always apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after toweling skin dry.

Protect KP skin from the sun to keep the red spots from becoming brownish red.

The products just mentioned are powerful, and most normal adult skin areas affected with KP can tolerate these products. If irritation develops then let the skin recover and use the products less frequently. A child’s skin is much more sensitive and may not be ready for this tough treatment for KP.

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  1. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

  2. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1039

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria p. acnes. It also unclogs pores to treat blackheads, making it an excellent acne treatment for facial acne, back acne, and other areas of skin with body acne.

  3. Salux Wash Cloth  1045

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

  4. Back and Body Acne Kit™  1012

    Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Designed with the right ingredients to clear body acne and prevent acne scars, this is the best back and body acne skin care treatments in a kit.

  5. Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit  1296

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results!

    This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots). This treatment is also the best self-tanning skin primer for even and professional results.

  6. Glytone Body Lotion  1031

    Glytone Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

  7. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™  1034

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

  8. Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash  1291

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface. The glycolic acid in this cleanser prepares your skin for the application of additional gycolic acid creams and lotions by balancing pH; fight keratosis pilaris, age spots and dry flaky rough skin with AHA cleansing, correcting and hydrating steps in your complete skin care routine.

  9. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1033

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey SKIN Oil Off Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

  10. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body. I recommend using Glytone Body wash in combination with the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf Puf Body Sponge.

  11. Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion  1290

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots. The ‘devil is in the details’ though when it comes to comparing glycolic acid products. This Glycolic Acid Lotion works beautifully to smooth out keratosis pilaris, soften seborrheic keratosis (age ‘barnacles’), and hydrate flaky and rough dry skin. It’s also a great back acne lotion to loosen blackheads.  

  12. Glytone AHA Body Skin Care Kit  1009

    Glytone AHA Body Skin Care Kit

    Everyone can have soft, velvety smooth skin on their entire body. All it takes is really good body exfoliation!

  13. Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge  1047

    Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge

    Buffs and polishes body skin to give you smooth skin with a soft and velvety texture.
  14. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

  15. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.  1085

    Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.
  16. All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™  1140

    All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
  17. All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™  1141

    All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
  18. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.

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