Have you ever looked at your arms, legs, thighs or bum, and wondered what those annoying tiny red bumps are that just won’t go away!
If the above photo looks familiar, you probably have Keratosis Pilaris commonly known as “Chicken Skin”. Not too worry, you’re definitely not alone as about one third of the population has it.
It’s a harmless, hereditary skin condition
If you have it, then you probably got it from one of your parents (thanks Mum!). There’s a nice big 50% chance of getting KP if one or your parents has it. If you’re also, young, female and light-skinned, you have an ever bigger chance of getting it. Anyone can get it, regardless of age, gender or skin type.
The good news is that it really is harmless. It won’t hurt your health in any way (it’s just a cosmetic thing). As there is no cure, it’s just one of those weird things your body does that you have to learn to accept.
It’s caused by built-up keratin in your skin
KP is caused by an excessive built-up keratin in the outer layer of your skin. Keratin is a useful protein that protects the skin from infections and other harmful things. The excess keratin clogs the opening of the hair follicle, and in turn your skin’s pores will become enlarged and rough to the touch.
As of yet, doctors don’t know what causes this built-up of keratin, but if you have dry skin, you are more likely to have it. Especially in the winter months when your skin is subjected to cold and there’s less moisture in the air, the chances of getting KP are increased.
What can I do to help?
You can treat KP to make your skin look and feel better
There are some things you can do to make the bumps go away just a tad. According to BAD (the British Association of Dermatologists), here’s what you can do:
– As is the case with most skin conditions, DON’T SCRATCH! It’ll make it worse.
– Use creams containing salicylic acid, lactic acid and/or urea.
– Use mild soap, preferably PH neutral soaps.
– Have warm, rather than hot baths and showers.
– Moisturise regularly.
What products may help?
It has been noted online on http://howtotreatkeratosispilaris.com/ that our very own Rescue Oil could help!