Keratosis Pilaris or Goosebump Flesh

Keratosis Pilaris otherwise known as Goosebump or chicken flesh, is an inherited disorder that appears in specific locations such as the upper arms, thighs and buttocks.

It is caused by excessive Keratinisation (hardening of a skin cell with protein) within the hair follicle


orifice which leads to stubborn horny plugs. It can be recognised by the presence of small, scaly spots surrounded by a rim of red – resembling goosebumps.

We see many, many clients that become bothered by this condition because of the feel and appearance of their skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure and treatment can be difficult.

There are however, a number of things you can do at home to help this frustrating condition;

1. Avoid harsh cleansers and soaps.

2. Wash using a Salicylic based cleanser. This acid has the ability to work much more deeply into the follicle, helping to reduce the blockages.

3. Avoid vigorous scouring. I know it is really tempting and it feels as though your skin really needs this but it can often make the condition worse and cause irritation.

4. After bathing, apply a moisturising lotion containing Glycolic Acid. This naturally occurring acid gently melts the interstitial glue that binds dead skin cells together, loosening blockages and preventing further build up. Glycolic exfoliates, smooths and  also draws moisture to the skin, helping this dry condition further. This should be applied twice daily for around 6 weeks and the condition then  assessed.

5. Creams must always be applied downwards i.e  in the direction of the hair growth.

6. This condition is ongoing and varies in severity over time so home treatments can be increased or decreased accordingly.

7. Professional , high strength peels, of up to 30%, play a very valuable role in more problematic cases and we have seen some really good improvements but results can vary.

In conclusion, a variety of methods maybe utilised to treat this condition and improvement on the softness of the skin can be achieved but this long term condition requires patience, persistence and  consistency in your chosen treatment.

If you would like to discuss any further during a free consultation with a a specialist, please do email or call 01256 345605

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