How to Clear the “Chicken Skin”
Keratosis pilaris is a benign condition that is characterized by numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. Keratosis pilaris tends to create a "goose bumps," "gooseflesh," or "chicken skin" appearance.
Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. No one exactly knows why this happens. People who suffer from dry skin are more prone to this condition.
There are many products that can decrease the buildup of keratin but generally require ongoing maintenance therapy.
Key things to consider keeping the skin clear:
- Eat plenty of omega-3s – foods that are rich in omegas 3s keep the skin moisturized.
- Use a good chemical exfoliant that will lift dead skin cells. At Rejuvenate Med Spa CLEARISTA is available for treatments
- Add a keratolyic agent such as products containing lactic acid, urea and glycerin for example Amlactin
- Switch to fragrance free products and use lukewarm water when showering
- Use OTC Retinol cream or obtain a prescription such as Retin A
If you are interested in participating in the necessary steps to help you with your “bumps," please use the form on this page to schedule a consultation at Rejuvenate MedSpa in Bethesda or visit our contact page to get in touch with our office.