Keratosis Pilaris or other known as rough bumpy skin or chicken skin. Who wants to be told they have chicken skin? No thank you.
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Before I went to a dermatologist, I had no idea what was wrong with my arms and even the bottom of my legs.
What is Keratosis Pilaris? A condition where the skin produces too much Keratin (a hair protein) and dry patches. This buildup of Keratin causes a blockage in hair follicles and causes the bumps that we dislike so much.
You can have this skin condition in various places:
- Face (cheeks, neck, or under your eyes)
- Legs (thighs)
As a teenager, dealing with cystic acne, I thought I had acne all over my body too! Thankfully that wasn’t the case and with years of figuring out how to manage it, I am ready to give you some simple tips that will help you improve your rough and bumpy skin.
It’s not acne, don’t pick!
As someone with acne and (I hate to admit this) also a picker, I need to express that you should not pick at these bumps!
These bumps are filled with excess Keratin but just like acne, the appearance and texture will get worse when you pick at them. I promise it’s not worth it.
Tips to stop picking:
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, full-length pants to cover the area
- Find your trigger (Is it boredom? Anxiety?)
- Keep your hands busy
I know it’s one thing to have a hard time dealing with a skin condition and it’s another to be potentially making it worse out of a bad picking habit. Whether it’s Keratosis Pilaris or just acne you’re dealing with, please know you’re not alone in this battle.
If you realize it might be anxiety or depression related, there’s no shame in seeking therapy to get help as well.
Exfoliate once a week
Keratosis Pilaris is caused by plugged hair follicles so exfoliating will help smooth out your skin. It’s important to note though that your goal is to be gentle and don’t try to scrub the bumps off! If you’re too rough, you can irritate your skin making the condition worse.
Before you get in the shower, I suggest using a dry brush first! This not only helps gently exfoliate your skin and unclogs your pores but it helps detoxify your skin as well.
When looking at exfoliating products, there are some key ingredients that will help remove that dry skin and will benefit your KP:
- Lactic acid
- Beta hydroxy Acid
- Salicylic acid
I’ve tried many body exfoliators out there but there is one that I personally swear by when it comes to helping calm my KP.
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub
This body scrub was specifically designed with KP in mind! It contains 10% AHA’s that help gently loosen dry skin and decongest those clogged pores.
I have personally gone through two bottles of this exfoliator because I’ve seen a big improvement in reducing the size of my bumps. I call this stuff magic!
Moisturizer is your best friend
After exfoliating, there’s a step you should never ever skip. Moisturizer.
With Keratosis Pilaris, you are already dealing with rough and dry skin. In colder months, it can get worse. Especially if you live in a dry climate. Trust me, moisturizer is your best friend.
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Over the years, I have tried so many different moisturizers. Just like exfoliators, I have a few that I have personally tried and these have helped improve my skin condition!
CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough and Bumpy Skin
This lotion contains Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ceramides! All amazing ingredients for the skin and to help smooth out the bumps. The texture of this lotion is on the thicker side but very nourishing.
This was the very first lotion I bought specifically for my Keratosis Pilaris after I was diagnosed by a dermatologist as she recommended it to me. This was developed by dermatologists so you know you can trust it.
First Aid Beauty KP Smoothing Lotion
Just like the exfoliator, this smoothing lotion contains 10% AHA’s and is made to help reduce the KP bumps. To bring moisture and smoothness back to your skin, this lotion also contains Urea, Colloidal Oatmeal, and Ceramides!
Hempz Coconut & Watermelon
I have been a die-hard fan of Hempz lotion since I was 15 years old. My skin has also been a fan of it.
Although, as of last month, it was my first time trying the coconut & watermelon soothing lotion and it’s incredible! Not only does it have a subtle coconut/fruity scent but it makes your skin so smooth and silky. I even experienced my first sunburn of the season and it helped my skin recover!
Increase and improve water intake
Time to be honest here – do you drink enough water? I’ve talked about this a lot on my blog but it’s something I struggle with too. But here’s the thing, if you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will tell you.
I have noticed that when I don’t hydrate enough, my Keratosis Pilaris and dry skin will get worse. Just like trying to tackle acne, applying products externally isn’t always enough. You have to take care of your skin by staying hydrated!
Not a fan of plain water? Me either. Recently, I bought a Cirkul water bottle to see if it would help increase my water intake, and to be totally honest, it did! I bought the 32 oz bottle with three flavors and I find myself drinking 1-2 bottles a day. My skin isn’t just smooth from the exfoliating and moisturizing but it’s supple and radiant.
Eat nutrient-rich foods
As mentioned above, it’s important to take care of your skin internally instead of just focusing on external products. You should make sure to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet.
As of right now, there are no studies linking Keratosis Pilaris to food allergies or intolerances but getting enough vitamins and eating healthy has been proven to improve the skin condition.
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Take a daily supplement
- Get tested for deficiencies and allergies just to be sure
Improvement is right around the corner!
With these 5 tips to improve your rough and bumpy skin, I hope you start seeing results soon!
- Don’t pick at the bumps
- Drink water
- Eat healthily
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Lastly, studies have shown that Keratosis Pilaris seems to improve in a majority of people after the age of 30! So, apply all of these tips consistently and hang in there. It’ll get better!
If you have Keratosis Pilaris and you have tips to improve rough and bumpy skin that I didn’t cover in this post, please share with us in the comments below!
Amanda Burnett is a 25-year-old content creator. Growing up with a disability, she wanted to prove to herself that she was capable of accomplishing her dream life. Today she is helping her audience realize their potential as well! Her goal is to motivate as many people as she can through her lifestyle, beauty, and self-improvement content.