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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.

Products for chicken skin

‘Chicken skin’ is the nickname used to refer to the skin condition keratosis pilaris. It appears as harmless little red bumps (like permanent goose pimples) or as dry rough patches on the back of the upper arms, thighs, torso, and or buttocks. Although, there are rare variants of keratosis pilaris that can affect the eyebrows, face and scalp, or the entire body.

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Who is Affected by Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition. According to the NHS, it affects up to one in three people in the UK. It can occur for people of all ages, but typically starts during childhood and worsens through adolescence, around puberty. The most likely to suffer from this condition are:

  • children and adolescents
  • females
  • people with eczema or a condition called ichthyosis
  • people of Celtic origin

How is it Caused?

This condition can be exacerbated by cold, dry winter air, hot showers, loofahs and abrasive scrubs. But the real root of this problem is a build-up of a protein in the skin, called keratin. Keratin is a hard protein that protects the skin from infection and harmful substances. When there is a build-up of keratin, it blocks the hair follicles with plugs of hard, rough skin. The tiny plugs widen the pores, giving the skin a spotty appearance.

Treating Keratosis Pilaris

This condition is not dangerous but can be a source of insecurity for many. Depending on the severity, there are several paths of treatment you can take to deal with it.

  1. Apply ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Body Emulsion Plus after showering, while the skin is still damp. Then re-apply it 2-3 more times
    throughout the day. The Oraser Body Emulsion Plus formulation has an antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid and retinol to soften and smooth the skin. It simultaneously works to exfoliate, hydrate and renew skin to it’s natural, healthy state.
  2. If you find this treatment alone does not suffice, you may want to consider having an aesthetician perform microdermabrasion, in combination with this product.
  3. After several weeks, if you still don’t see any improvement, see a dermatologist. They may recommend a light peel of retinoic acid or a low dose prescription retinoids.

However, your first step should be to try to treat keratosis pilaris with the Oraser Body Emulsion Plus. This is arguably the best body hydrator exfoliator available without the need of a prescription!