How to treat your "chicken skin"


Do you have rough, tiny bumps on your upper arms or thighs?  You may have a genetic condition called keratosis pilaris, also known as (KP.)  This condition is very common, and is caused by an excess of skin cells in the hair follicle, creating red or white bumps on the skin that can resemble Goosebumps. The bumps even occur on the neck, cheeks, back and buttocks.

This condition, commonly termed "chicken skin," often begins in childhood or adolescence and affects up to 50% of the entire world's population. It usually improves with age. KP often improves during summer months. Read below to see treatments to smooth away the bumps and help with the texture of your skin.

1) Purchase products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid (AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin) or urea.

2) Moisturize daily (Eucerin, Aveeno), especially after showering while the skin is still damp.

3) Use mild soap-less cleansers (Dove, Cetaphil).

4) If no improvement with over the counter creams, consult with us for an appointment. Prescription retinoids or Salicylic acid based products are treatment options.