Keratosis pilaris or chicken skin is a widespread, genetic skin condition that is indicated by the rough bumps on the skin which are sometimes reddish in color. It often shows on the arm, on the back and sides and sometimes even on the forearm.
This skin condition can also show up on the hands, legs, thighs, buttocks, or any other body part with the exception of glabrous skin such as the soles or the palms.
In rare occasions, lesions can come out on the face are, which may then be mistaken for pimples or acne. It usually affects children and teenagers, but it can also happen on many adults.
The exact specific causes of this skin condition are unknown. It is genetic and hereditary so there is no exact cure. There are only some treatments to manage its symptoms and improve its appearance. It is neither painful nor contagious. It is not caused by any bacterial or viral infection, only inflammation of hair follicles and ingrown hairs.
The main disadvantage of suffering from keratosis pilaris is that it can be annoying and not really pleasant to look at. It can be even more embarrassing if the body parts that are hard to hide are affected such as the face.
So if you are concerned with your physical appearance, just like most of us, then you might be looking for a way to treat this skin condition. There is no need to worry since most cases clear simultaneously over time without any treatment.
There are a number of medical treatments out there that address this skin condition. You should go ahead and ask your dermatologist about your options.
But you can also opt for natural home remedies or buy over-the-counter treatments that cost less and require minimal effort. The general rule is that any treatment should be done continuously.
The key for treating any case of this skin condition is to keep the skin clean and moisturized. Allowing the skin to dry up will only aggravate the situation.
To clean the skin without drying it up, use only mild products. Do not use soap on your face but rather use some moisturizing body washes such as Dove and Cetaphil. You can also try putting on petroleum jelly on the affected area before taking a shower. Another way to keep the skin moisturized is by adding some tablespoons of Vitamin E oil to your bath water. There are many other natural moisturizers you can choose from.
After taking a bath, apply some moisturizing lotion to the affected area. There are also many kinds of moisturizing lotions on the market today that you can buy. Choose a brand that you can trust.
According to many people, the best way to lubricate the skin is to use lotions containing lactic acid like Amlactin cream. But you can also ask your dermatologist or a friend who also suffers with KP for recommendations on the best moisturizer for you.