How to treat Keratosis Pilaris

While you might not have heard it’s scientific name, you may still suffer from keratosis pilaris – aka “Chicken Skin”. You may have learned to live with this skin condition, but ZO Skin Health offer an easy way to manage Keratosis Pilaris.


What is Keratois Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris, or “Chicken Skin” is very common, and can affect up to one in three people. While it is harmless, it can be unsightly. It’s name gives an idea of what is it. ‘Keratosis’ meaning that there is too much keratin in the skin – this makes up the tough outer layer, while ‘pilaris’ means hair. Keratosis Pilaris is a condition where the hair follicles get blocked, creating red, rough bumps that look a little like goose bumps.

What causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris can be inherited, and is more common in those with dry skin conditions, eczema and asthma. It usually occurs during childhood, and lasts through adolescence and adulthood. It can be exacerbated by hot showers, abrasive scrubs and cold dry winter air. For this reason, the condition is better in summer than in winter.

Can Keratosis Pilaris be cured?

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Keratosis Pilaris can’t be completely cured, but it’s symptoms can be managed.
Depending on the severity, there are several courses of treatment. ZO Skin Health’s Body Emulsion contains an ultra-high concentration of lactic acid to help this condition. It should be applied to the affected areas.

It’s both an emollient and humectant, so it softens and soothes the skin, while also exfoliating. Apply it after showering, while the skin is still damp, and then 2-3 more times throughout the day. For many people, this treatment alone will suffice. In combination with this product, you may want to consider having a microdermabrasion.

If you don’t see improvement after several weeks, see a dermatologist, who may recommend a light peel of retinoic acid and TCA, or low dose prescription retinoids.

First, though, try to treat it without prescription drugs—ZO Skin Health Body Emulsion should be your first option.