“Chicken skin,” also known as Keratosis Pilaris, and is a very common skin condition. It is produced when the hair follicles are blocked by keratin buffers, meaning that the hair follicles are facing outwards.
This alteration of the hair follicles causes small brown or red spots in areas like cheeks, thighs, and mainly the upper part of the arms.
Keratosis pilaris is a hereditary condition and affects one out of every three people.
In most cases, you will notice it appears in childhood but becomes more evident during adolescence. It is associated with some conditions such as asthma, allergy, and atopic dermatitis.
This condition is considered mostly an aesthetic concern more than anything else; it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t cause physical limitation, but on occasions can cause itchiness. It can go away by itself, but that doesn’t mean you won’t try anything else to improve it.
Here we will go through some recommendations to treat Chicken Skin:
- Hydrate your skin regularly: After each shower, dry your skin gently with a towel and apply your moisturizer. You can try products like vaseline, Eucerin, or Cetaphil or go for moisturizers combined with lactic acid or salicylic acid, which can hydrate and eliminate dead skin cells at the same time.
- Use keratolytic creams: Add retinoids, salicylic, or lactic acid to increase the elimination of dead skin cells. While using these products, always start with low concentrations and observe if your skin tolerates them well.
- Exfoliate the skin at least once a week: Do not exceed this quantity or
- If you want to remove hair, have laser hair removal. Shaving or waxing makes the condition worse.
- Use warm water and take short showers: By taking more extended baths with hot water, the natural oil of your skin will be removed, causing dryness.
- Avoid strong detergents: Using the wrong product for your skin can increases irritation and infection in the area.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes: Constant friction will only make the lesions worst.
Use a humidifier: Place one in your bedroom or any other part of your face to avoid dryness in the environment that eventually can cause it on your skin.