Get Rid of Chicken Skin | 5 Ways to Treat Keratosis Pilaris
Updated January 2019
So what is keratosis pilaris and why does it have the nickname "chicken skin"! Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition caused by the build up of keratin, a protein in the body that protects the skin. When keratin is not naturally exfoliated, it can form a hard plug that clogs hair follicles and creates inflamed bumps on the skin. Learn the best skin products to prevent or lessen the appearance of chicken skin. These 5 easy skincare steps will bring back your confidence and get you showing off your beautiful skin again.
1. Gently exfoliate
2. Find the right products for you
Look for products with glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid to help smooth the area and break down the buildup of excess keratin. We recommend Obagi KèraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion for keratosis pilaris. This product contains 15% glycolic acid.
3. Try vitamins & supplements
4. Prescription retinoids
As if Tretinoin (Retin-A) wasn't amazing enough for its effectiveness on acne and aging skin, you can also use it to treat keratosis pilaris! This vitamin A derivative increases the cell turnover rate which may flatten those annoying bumps. Tretinoin is available in 3 prescription strengths .025% tretinoin, .05% tretinoin, and .100% tretinoin.