Keratosis pilaris symptoms and signs
Keratosis pilaris (also known at keratosis, chicken skin, or KP) is a common cosmetic skin condition that affects nearly 50% of adults and an amazing 80% of teens. It can be seen in both men and women equally. It's so incredibly common that many people with KP don't realize that these small, red bumps on their arms and legs are a real medical condition with treatments available. If you're worried you might have KP, check out some of the common signs and symptoms below. We'll help you figure it out.
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 but not necessarily 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
What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris happens when your body makes excess keratin. Keratin is a natural protein found in our skin. You start seeing KP spots when there's surplus keratin and it starts surrounding and trapping the hair follicles in your pores causing the formation of hard plugs known as hyperkeratinization.
The word hyperkeratinization may be hard to pronounce, but don't worry because it's actually a pretty simple and very common condition. The plugs start creating bunches of small, red bumps on your arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. They could be on one of these body parts, some of them, or all of them. They can come and go, or stay in the same places for a long time. KP is a genetic condition, which means that you are more likely to develop keratosis pilaris if some of your family has it too. Luckily there have been great advancements in treatments for those who want to get rid of their red dots once and for all.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
While there is no cure for KP (often called "chicken skin") ongoing treatment with KP Elements can help your skin be free of keratosis pilaris indefinitely. The quickest way to get rid of these tiny bumps on your arms and legs is a daily two-step treatment of KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream and KP Elements Body Scrub.
Our Exfoliating Skin Cream has a is made from 10% of two types of natural alpha-hydroxy acids (both lactic and glycolic acids). Found in milk and sugar cane, these acids dissolve the extra keratin that has been blocking your pores and causing those small, rough bumps on your body. This encourages your skin to heal itself and eliminates 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 treatment on your skin.
KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream can treat keratosis pillars on it's own, but if you want to get faster results, combine it with our KP Elements Body Scrub. This scrub 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.
All you need to do is lightly scrub the affected areas in the shower using your hand or a loofah, then rinse. After your shower, towel dry normally and then apply KP Elements Exfoliating Skin Cream for all day treatment. The second step of our effective keratosis pilaris treatment kicks in and promotes healthy and rapid turnover of your skin cells.
While most KP Elements users start seeing a reduction in their KP in as little as one week, we encourage you to give the system 30 days to see a big difference. Remember, the key to a real keratosis pilaris results is being consistent. With KP Elements, treating your KP is finally possible!