For the most part, we have learned to purchase boneless, skinless chicken to fill our dinner plates. This has to do with the fat content in the outer part of this bird. New research is actually showing that the fat found in chicken skin is the good kind, the kind we want to eat. But that is not the topic of this blog. The chicken skin that we want to discuss is the kind that may show up on your body. Technically, this condition is called keratosis pilaris, or KP – or chicken skin. The dry, tiny bumps that develop on the thighs, legs, or other area may not be harmful; but they sure can be frustrating.
What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratin is an important protein that is found in the skin. It protects it from infection and harmful substances. Sometimes, this protein builds up around hair follicles. It is joined by extra skin cells, which lend to the rough texture of the tiny bumps.
You may not have Keratosis Pilaris, but chances are someone close to you does. According to research, as many as 4 in every 10 adults has this condition. Though it is said to have a genetic link, as much as half of all patients have no family history for “chicken skin.”
What To Do For Chicken Skin
The point of treating keratosis pilaris is to smooth the texture of rough skin and prevent the exacerbation of the condition when the weather changes.
Here’s how you can do this:
- Make sure to moisturize every day. This is particularly important during cold-weather months as well as after bathing or swimming. It is said that the best way to moisturize is to do so while the skin is still damp, so the maximum amount of absorption takes place.
- Look for exfoliating ingredients. Since there is an issue with cellular buildup around the hair follicles, an important aspect of managing keratosis pilaris is using an exfoliating product. Ingredients to look for include glycolic acid or lactic acid. Used regularly, these mild acids can decrease bumps on the skin.
- Talk with your dermatologist. If you have questions about how to manage the health of your skin at home, or require professional care for resistant keratosis pilaris, schedule a consultation with Dr. Behr. We have several treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin.
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