Keratosis Pilaris, also known as hyperkeratosis or chicken skin, is a skin condition that includes the following symptoms: dry, rough areas and tiny bumps that cover the skin. These tiny bumps (similar to pimples) are akin to those seen on a chicken, hence the name, chicken skin.
Those who are affected by this harmless skin condition are typically under the age of 30. You will notice bumps on the arms, legs, thighs, and buttocks area. Luckily, the bumps don’t itch or hurt those who have them.
Keratosis Pilaris Causes
So, what causes Keratosis Pilaris? Well, keratin, a hard protein that protects the skin from infection and entry from harmful substances can sometimes build up in the skin. This overload causes the skin to be bumpy and rough. Why this happens to some and not to others is unknown, it could be a genetic disease or related to atopic dermatitis.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
Although there is no cure for this skin condition, there are ways to lessen the intensity. Many doctors suggest warm water over hot when bathing, avoiding irritating the skin with tight clothing, using soaps that have a high-fat content, and generously applying thick moisturizers.
Maintaining a personal care routine that includes regular moisturizing can greatly help, as dry skin can make hyperkeratosis worse. We suggest regularly moisturizing the skin with the following products, especially during seasonal changes, when the skin is dryer due to low humidity in the air.
Dermal Therapy Alpha Hydroxy Lotion
With 10% Urea, and 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, this killer combination helps combat and relieve dry, rough skin. Urea is paramount to drawing and maintaining moisture in the skin, while Alpha Hydroxy helps remove dry, old skin.
Dermal Therapy Extra Strength Body Lotion
For those days when you really want to lock in moisture due to dry, low-humidity air reach for extra strength body lotion. Another great combination of Urea and Alpha Hydroxy Acids that absorbs quickly into the skin and won’t leave a greasy feeling in its wake.
Keratosis pilaris - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Keratosis Pilaris: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Prevention (webmd.com)