Keratosis pilaris, a skin condition commonly referred to as "chicken skin," affects roughly 40 percent of adults — and many people don't even realize they have it. In fact, most self-diagnose it as body acne. And while keratosis pilaris doesn't hurt, it can be annoying to deal with. The good news is that it's 100 percent curable with a few minor skin care adjustments. We visited Dr. Zein Obagi at his Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, CA, where he told us how to identify the condition and the best ways to get rid of your bumpy skin at home.
Hi Bella! Seeing as about one half of the population supposedly has keratosis pilaris, but what the heck are you to do about it? One member left a comment on my profile page about a lotion from Sephora that works, but it's a tad expensive and I don't live near a Sephy...I was wondering if you could shed some light on the subject?
Keratosis pilaris, is a genetic condition of bumps on the skin, which often looks like goose bumps or acne. Commonly known as "chicken skin," the bumps can be inflamed, rough, bumpy, and/or rashy.
There is no known treatment for the condition, but it tends to reduce with age. To make less noticable: prevent excess dryness by using a moisturizing, mild soap-free cleanser, then exfoliate with a light buffer. Finish off by applying a lotion with alpha hydroxy, glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid, and of course — don't scratch or pick. Coconut oil is said to help, too. Prescription treatments are available, if needed.
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I've noticed these tiny reddish bumps on the backs of my arms. They don't hurt or anything, but I'm embarrassed because they look and feel so gross. Any idea what it is? I don't think it's acne because my face has always been pretty clear. Whatever it is, how can I get rid of it? Please help since I want to wear tank tops without worry about these darn bumps.
— Bumpy Barbara
It sounds like those bumps are making you self conscious, and when it comes to conditions of the skin, I do always think it best to visit a dermatologist. However, your bumps look like a common skin condition known keratosis pilaris, sometimes referred to as "chicken skin." This condition is quite common; about 50 percent of the entire population have this type of bumpy skin.
If those bumps are indeed keratosis pilaris, I have some suggestions and an explanation of the causes so just read more
Some new moms have skin that feels like a cold defeathered chicken. As a mom–to–be, I developed a rash of bumps to the backside of my upper arms. Embarrassed about the condition, I confided in my pregnant buddy who told me she was dealing with the same thing. I consulted a dermatologist who diagnosed the condition as keratosis pilaris. KP is a common skin disorder that is characterized by "chicken skin" or bumpiness on the surface of the skin. He said that many pregnant women develop KP while pregnant and it worsens when nursing due to further dehydration. Unfortunately, there's no sure remedy, but it does help to apply creams like TriCeram ($30) or KP Duty Derma Doctor ($36) right after you get out of the shower while your skin is still wet.
This time I am prepared and ready to handle my poultry–like limbs. So far, I am on a much smoother path to happiness.