GET RID OF YOUR CHICKEN SKIN

get rid of your chicken skin GET RID OF YOUR CHICKEN SKIN

Get Rid of Your Chicken Skin

Have you ever wondered what those funky little bumps on the back of your arms are? You know those red little spots that look like chicken skin.

It’s called “Keratosis Pilaris”, an extremely common skin ailment that manifests itself on the back of arms, shoulders and thighs. The rash is commonly called “chicken bumps” because of its appearance: small white or red dots that resemble pimples. They’re not painful and rarely itch, but can become inflamed.


 

The bumps are hereditary, affecting more women than men and often making their first debut in the pubescent years. Keratosis Pilaris is caused by the skin’s inability to exfoliate itself. The bumps are essentially clogged pores around which a protein called keratin builds up. The result is a tiny bump, usually appearing in wide clusters that can make one remove the words “tank top” from their vocabulary entirely.

The simple solution to get rid of these unsightly bumps is essentially to unclog those pores. Start by selecting a well-formulated sugar scrub and make it your new best friend. Exfoliate several times a week, gently massaging the bumps using a circular motion, but exercising caution not to be overly aggressive, which could increase inflammation. Because skin affected by keratosis pilaris is inherently inflamed, I do recommend that you stick with sugar rather than salt scrubs. I found that exfoliating a few times a week really helped with the severity of my bumps, but it didn’t eliminate them completely. The downside is that exfoliating  is a temporary fix- stop treating them and the bumps will rear their ugly head once again.

On top of the exfoliating, get yourself a good topical cream rich in alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) or lactic acid to help dissolve the keratin and build-up of excess skin cells.

If you have a show-stopping sleeveless gown for the holidays, you may want to consider microderm abrasion treatments. While quite spendy, they are said to work well on keratosis pilaris and may be worth it if you need a quick fix. But remember- without consistent treatment, the bumps will rear their ugly heads again all too soon.

Bella Lucce has a great selection of natural Sugar body scrubs that can help to slug off the dead skin cells. Click here for more information.

Article contributed by Bella Lucce Skin Care

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