Chicken Skin. Strawberry Legs. Bumpy Skin.
What exactly is Keratosis Polaris?
Even though it sounds a little ominous, Keratosis Pilaris is a very common skin condition, which appears as red bumps on arms, legs, cheeks and sometimes on the scalp. These bumps can look like acne; however, they are actually dead skin cells that are plugging hair follicles. Sounds gross, right? These little red bumps can be rough to the touch, but don’t worry. Like a nosy neighbor, they’re not harmful, just annoying. And, women seem to be more affected by this than men. Hooray for us.
How do I know if I have KP?
Keratosis Pilaris, more commonly called “chicken skin” are small, rough, raised bumps that appear on the surface of the skin. They can be red, white or brown in color, may look red and rash-like. The area might be dry and itch. Bumps can appear in concentrated areas or all over legs, buttocks, and arms. KP can appear, or reappear, in winter months when we are buried under heavy clothes, during the summer when we are enjoying sun, salty water and chlorinated pools. Pregnancy can also trigger it. The things we do for our kids.
What causes KP?
This skin condition is caused by a buildup of keratin which is a protein that protects the skin from harmful environmental aggressors (like pollution, dirt) and infection. This excess keratin forms a “plug” or bump, preventing the hair follicle from forming. You can develop this at a young age and it develop as you mature, or it may fade or disappear completely. Seasonal changes, carrying extra weight and genetics play a part as well. If your mom or dad had or has KP, you may as well. Remember to say thank you.
Should I see a doctor? How do I treat it?
This skin condition is completely harmless. Your doctor will probably recommend seeing a dermatologist if you are concerned and want an official “diagnosis”. KP usually does not require treatment, however, if the dryness and itching bother you, he or she may recommend a topical medicated cream with AHA or BHA. A product with both types of acid helps exfoliate clogged hair follicles from top to bottom.
Adopting a self-care routine is highly recommended.
Try a gentle exfoliator or loofah to slough off dry skin. Follow with a rich, exfoliating moisturizer after your bath and shower, applying while skin is still damp. Make this part of your skincare regimen and apply the moisturizer onto the affected areas at least twice a day.
Treatment takes time. A gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator and a moisturizer will help maintain smooth, hydrated skin. Or, better yet, use an all-in-one product specifically for bumpy skin. One must have patience. Exfoliating skin gently takes time but the feeling of smooth even skin is such a reward.
Skinrefit Bumpy Skin AHA & BHA Exfoliating Body Lotion is specially formulated to help with Keratosis Pilaris. Both an exfoliator and body lotion, it will smooth skin as it rids it of dry or dead skin, leaving it softer and very touchable. Unlike a typical body lotion, this leave-on exfoliator and richly-textured moisturizer utilizes Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) to address bumpy skin, dissolving keratin buildup. Elderberry Fruit Extract and Rosehip Fruit Oil help smooth, soothe and even skin tone. With continued use, you’ll see results in as little as 3 weeks. So, wear that sleeveless top or new skirt on date night. Show off your skin with confidence.
This body lotion is vegan, gluten, and paraben, cruelty and fragrance free.