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Beauty Treatments for Kerastosis Pilaris

What to Do About "Chicken Skin"?


I love playing the role of DearSugar, even if it is just for a fleeting moment, so when team member alliallialli wrote in, I just had to reply:

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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