There’s few things as frustrating as an irritating skin disorder. Whether it’s acne or stretch marks, skin conditions can cause stress, embarrassment, and social anxiety.
One of the most common skin disorders estimated to impact over 40% of adults and over 50% of adolescents is keratosis pilaris.
Keratosis PIlaris, also known as chicken skin or simply KP, is a very common skin condition characterized by small, hardened skin bumps that appear on the body and sometimes the face.
Chicken skin is considered harmless and is usually a cosmetic problem in most cases.
Causes & Symptoms
It’s important to note that although many cases of chicken skin are passed on this way, other cases appear to be caused by environmental or lifestyle factors.
Doctors aren’t sure why some cases of KP are hereditary and others due to environmental factors but both ways affect the body by causing excess keratin production.
Keratin is a protein produced in the body responsible for forming skin, nails, and hairs.
When a person has KP, the body produces too much keratin which clogs skin pores and traps hair follicles. The end result are the annoying little, hardened skin bumps that accompany KP outbreaks.
Although chicken skin isn’t curable, there are several over the counter treatment options to prevent and manage outbreaks.
OTC Keratosis Pilaris Treatments
Most over the counter keratosis pilaris treatments are inexpensive and available at your local drugstore or online. They work by exfoliating and moisturizing the affected areas on your body where KP bumps are present.
Since KP is a skin disorder, these OTC treatments are topical, meaning they’re applied directly to the area of your skin where skin bumps are present.
1. Keratolytic Lotions
These speciality lotions make use of several types of acidic elements to break down the epidermis (skin) around the skin bumps, causing the skin to loosen up and eventually shed.
Some examples of commonly used acidic agents include alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), urea, lactic acid, allantoin, and Ammonium Hydroxide
Retinoids are a derivative compound of vitamin A. In recent years, lotions and cosmetic products containing retinoids have exploded in popular thanks to celebrity endorsements and increased availability.
Creams and lotions containing retinoids may be especially helpful in managing chicken skin as vitamin A deficiency is commonly reported as trigger for outbreaks of KP.
There are mixed results with exfoliants and much of it comes down to what skin type you have and how it reacts.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the oldest (dead) skin cells on the outer layer of skin. Exfoliants are broken down into two types: mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical exfoliants include products such as microfiber cloths, pumice, or any abrasive element (sugar, salt, oats, etc.) that can be used to brush against and remove dead skin. This method of exfoliation involves gently rubbing an abrasive element against the skin to get rid of the dead skin.
Chemical exfoliation involves using acidic compounds to accomplish the same thing.
If you have very sensitive or dry skin, be careful as exfoliants can quickly irritate your skin and even inflame outbreaks of KP. I personally recommends you trying out Amlactin cream in this case.
4. Coconut Oil
If you have sensitive skin and want to avoid lotions containing harsh chemical compounds, try using coconut oil.
This all natural remedy is used around the world as a skin care product and is widely available in grocery stores and online.
Coconut oil contain health saturated fats which restore skin to a soft, smooth state. In addition to healthy fats, it also contains an abundance of vitamin E which is an effective compound for promoting skin repair.
As a natural anti-bacterial, coconut oil doesn’t spoil or go bad which means its many healing properties are still at work long after application.
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KP is a very common skin disorder that causes the body to produce excess keratin.
Keratin is a natural protein that makes up skin and when the body makes too much of it, can clog skin pores which leads to small, hardened skin bumps forming.
While there is no cure, there are several over the counter keratosis pilaris treatment methods available in drug stores and online.
Most of these treatments are inexpensive and work by exfoliating and moisturizing the area of skin affected by KP.