How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris in 3 Easy Steps

What do you call it when it looks like chicken skin but it's not?

...Keratosis Pilaris.

Okay, maybe not one of the greatest joke ever told, but whether you call it chicken skin, goose flesh, or strawberry legs, if you have Keratosis Pilaris (KP), you probably hate it and want to know how to get rid of it!

If that's you, then keep on reading to discover the three easy steps to overcome KP.

 

So what exactly is KP?

In a nutshell, it's a build up of dead skin cells around the hair follicle that clump together and form a bump.

Keratosis skin compared to normal skin chart

The most common areas that people tend to develop it are on the back of the arms, legs, and butt cheeks (and for children you may see it on their face cheeks).

KP is a very common condition — at least 40% of all people have KP at some point in their lives.

But just because it's common, it doesn't mean that we have to live with it.

If you're ready to be KP-less and have baby-smooth skin, follow these three easy steps consistently to reduce or eliminate your KP!

 

Step 1: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

  • Exfoliate every other day to everyday using multiple forms of exfoliation
  • Use exfoliating gloves to help scrub off the excess skin cells
  • Use an effective body scrub
  • Use an Alpha Hydroxy Body wash, which will help exfoliate on the cellular level (optional, because if you are using exfoliating gloves and a body scrub, you don't need this as much)

 

Step 2: Take precautions in your hair removal

  • Only shave on damp skin, with body lotion/conditioner
  • Shave with a new razor in the direction the hair is growing (don't use old razors, as they tend to have jagged blades that can further damage your skin) 
  • Waxing may exacerbate the issue, because the extra keratinocytes (skin cells) may be blocking the hairs as they grow back, causing painful ingrown hairs and red bumps

 

Step 3: Hydrate and moisturize while your skin is still damp

 

What are some tricks for getting rid of KP that you've tried? Share in the comments below!