Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms and Signs
Keratosis pilaris (also known at keratosis, chicken skin, or KP) is a common, cosmetic skin condition affecting nearly 50% of adults and 80% of adolescents, both male and female. Many people with KP are unaware that these small, red bumps on the arms and legs have a designated medical term or that there are treatments available. If you suspect you may have KP, check out some of the common signs and symptoms below.
Common Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms:
- Painless tiny bumps, most commonly on upper arms and thighs.
- Sandpaper-like texture and appearance on skin
- White or red bumps can occasionally be itchy
- Resembles irritated goose bumps or dry pimples
- Seems like dozens of ingrown hairs on arms, legs, buttocks, or cheeks
- Bumps can be more pronounced in colder months
KP is Not
- Goose bumps
- Painful rash
What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is caused by the body producing an excess amount of keratin - a natural protein found in our skin. KP occurs when this cream-colored, surplus keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in your pores causing the formation of hard plugs known as hyperkeratinization. These plugs create the appearance of small, red bumps on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. KP is a genetic condition, which means that you are more likely to develop keratosis pilaris if it already exists in your family history.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
While there is no cure for KP (also known as “chicken skin”) continual treatment with KP Elements can keep your skin free of keratosis pilaris indefinitely. The best way to get rid of these tiny bumps on your arms and legs involves a two- step treatment: KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream and KP Elements Body Scrub.
Our Exfoliating Skin Cream contains a 10% formulation of two types of natural alpha-hydroxy acids (both lactic and glycolic acids). Found in milk and sugar cane, these acids dissolve the excess keratin that is blocking your pores and causing those small, rough bumps on your body. Once exfoliated, our effective keratosis pilaris treatment encourages healthy and rapid turnover of your skin cells, letting your skin heal itself, and eliminating your sandpaper-like bumps - resulting in new, smooth, evenly-colored skin. This product should be used twice a day - both in the morning at at night. If you shower, be sure to apply the cream after you are done. This ensures a consistent layer of KP treament on your skin.
KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream is a complete treatment for keratosis pilaris, but if you want to see results faster, combine it with our KP Elements Body Scrub, which contains natural botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to moisturize and reduce irritation. Our Body Scrub contains the same soothing essential oils and vitamins as our cream, but adds physical exfoliation beads – a one-two punch that clears up your keratosis pilaris faster than the cream alone.
Lightly scrub the affected areas in the shower using your hand or a loofah, then rinse. After your shower, towel dry as normal and then apply KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream for all day treatment.
While most KP Elements users begin to see a reduction in their KP in as little as one week, we encourage our customers to give the system 30 days to see a big difference. Remember, the key to a great keratosis pilaris treatment is consistency, so make sure you treating the affected areas twice daily with cream and using our body scrub when you shower. With KP Elements, treating your KP has never been simpler!