Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Products

The skin problem of “KP”, or “chicken skin bumps", is really called keratosis pilaris.

As the name implies, the skin problem is characterized by tiny, spiny keratin bumps sticking out from the pores (hair follicle opening). KP is a common skin problem.

Why do some people get keratosis pilaris (KP, chicken skin bumps)?

It is genetic, meaning that it runs in families. If your family members are prone to dry skin, eczema, asthma or even seasonal allergies, then you may be more at risk for KP. 

Keratosis pilaris is worse in childhood and the young adult years. The spiny rough bumps often improve with age. Though the skin condition is not curable, you can make it much better with the right skin care products and treatment.

What areas of your skin are affected by keratosis pilaris?

The areas of your skin most affected by KP are the back of the arms and the front of the thighs. The skin on your back, buttocks and cheeks can be affected too.

Dermatoloigst's tips for the best way 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 pore may have a fine hair or not, but it is still a hair follicle.

The rough plug of KP 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 to soften and help get rid of the rough bumps. We also want to break the little plugs apart. We do this by using moisturizing creams and lotions that contain ingredients called keratolytics. Keratolytics are ingredients 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 a complete skin care routine for the best results to treat your KP:

CLEANSE using an exfoliating cloth or scrub, and rub the areas using an exfoliating cleanser made with keratolytics such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The most effective and popular cleanser is my Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser™ used with a Salux Cloth in my Triple Action Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Kit™.

CORRECT and HYDRATE with a glycolic acid cream or lotion. Always apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after toweling skin dry. If your skin becomes irritated, alternate the glycolic acid lotion with a richly hydrating and gentle moisturizer such as my Natural Lotion or Natural Butter  to help keep the keratin plugs soft, 

PROTECT KP skin from the sun to keep the red spots from becoming brownish red. Sun protective clothing or zinc oxide sunscreens are the most effective. 

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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