Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that results in dry, rough-feeling bumps on the skin, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. These tiny bumps are often compared to goosebumps or the skin of a plucked chicken, hence the term “chicken skin”. It results from a build-up of keratin, a hard protein that protects the skin from harmful substances and infections, that clogs the hair follicles.
Although these bumps are harmless, their appearance is unsightly and can cause confidence issues. Keep reading to learn more about the treatments our clinic offers to help reduce the appearance of keratosis pilaris.
How to Treat
Laser treatments such as laser hair removal, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and laser resurfacing can be used to treat KP skin conditions. They work by targeting the hair follicles with short pulses of light, causing the hair follicle to close so Keratin can’t get locked into it anymore. It also can reduce the redness caused by KP. It can take anywhere from 6-12 sessions to see optimal results with laser treatment. After you are done with your sessions, it is recommended to come 2-4 times a year for maintenance treatments.
Chemical peels resurface and exfoliate the skin gently with the use of a combination of acids such as glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid. Chemical peels help break down the bumps caused by KP and dissolve away dead skin, for smoother skin. We recommend receiving chemical peels for chicken skin treatment bi-weekly until you achieve desired results and coming in monthly for monthly maintenance treatments.
Cleansers and creams aren’t just for the face – they can be used on the body too! Here are three skincare products we recommend using to help reduce the appearance of KP:
1. Retinols: Retinols are considered the gold standard of skincare. Regular use of retinol not only has the ability to minimize the appearance of acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation, but it also works really well to smooth KP. Retinols are derived from vitamin A which helps regulate skin cell turnover and encourage appropriate shedding of skin cells.
2. Essential Clarifying Cleanser: Our powerful acne-fighting and resurfacing blend of Salicylic and Glycolic Acid in their purest and most potent form is found in this cleanser and can be used to treat KP without over-drying the skin. It powerfully and effectively removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores while the Green Tea Polyphenol Technology allows it to be gentle, calming, and soothing on the skin.
3. Essential Toning Pads: Similar to the Essential Clarifying Cleanser, our Essential Toning Pads are also a combination of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid, but convenient, easy-to-use pads. These pads gently exfoliate the skin to remove surface oils, clear blemishes, and refine pores for an even-toned, clear complexion. These pads can be used to treat KP bumps on smaller areas such as the face and upper arms.
All three of these products are available for purchase in our clinic.