How to Get Rid of Ketosis Pilaris (Chicken Skin)


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Chicken skin may not exactly be something that we usually care about since it doesn’t hurt or itch, except that it doesn’t look flattering. But in reality, expert doctors say that Ketosis Pilaris (Chicken Skin) condition usually disappears after reaching the age of 30. But what exactly can you do to get rid of them now? Keratin, a structural protein that is one of the building blocks of skin. Keratin overproduction in women is said to be caused by hormones. When excess keratin is trapped inside hair follicles, this brings about chicken skin. Likewise, hair removal by plucking, shaving, or waxing can sometimes irritate or block the hair follicles, resulting in ingrown hair and excess keratin.

Chicken skin is characterized by rough, pink bumps, it usually appears on the arms, thighs and buttocks. It can also appear on the face, which is why some people might mistake it for acne. Chicken skin is not associated with any serious skin problems. People with this skin condition may mainly seek treatment only for aesthetic purpose.

There are ways to keep chicken skin from worsening or developing altogether. The most common treatment options usually involve substances with moisturizing and keratolytic effects. Keratolytic treatment makes use of devices and other chemicals that causes dry, old skin to thin, loosen and shed off. In addition, keratolytic such as lactic acid soften keratin and increase the skin’s ability to maintain moisture. Many aestheticians in dermatological clinics also remind their clients to exfoliate in between waxing sessions to prevent the skin from forming bumps. The key is to always keep the skin hydrated because dryness only aggravates chicken skin, especially during drier and colder months.

Chicken skin is a gentle condition that is more likely to affect women more than men. The reason behind it is that women tend to overproduce hormones. When excess keratin  is trapped inside hair follicles, this brings about chicken skin.

There are many ways to avoid chicken skin, keep it from worsening or prevent it altogether. Here are some dermatologically certified tips you can do to help prevent them:

  1. Don’t take hot baths too often. Use lukewarm water to maintain your skin’s natural moisture.
  2. Skip the harsh cleansers. Go for gentle fragrance-free soaps that contain soothing ingredients.
  3. Don’t rub or scrub your skin when drying off. It may sound minor, but it can make a big difference in the long run.
  4. Keep a humidifier on while you sleep.
  5. Try a DIY exfoliating scrub with honey and sugar. Don’t forget to moisturize after!
  6. Make an oatmeal bath. In place of bath salts, use a cup of fine oatmeal in your bathwater.


Nevertheless, if you’re willing to shell out some cash for faster remedies. Here are some products and services that can help you:

  • The first and simplest rule is to use a moisturizing lotion.
  • Skin creams that contain the following ingredients must also be used: urea, lactic acid, gycolic acid, and salicylic acid, tretinoin, and/or vitamin D.
  • Retexturizing pads with glycolic acid.
  • Any skin product that contains coconut oil and/or retinol (a form of vitamin A)
  • An exfoliation treatment service called “microdermabrasion” (Ask your favorite spa or skin care center if they offer this treatment.)
  • Hair removal via Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser therapy will painlessly take away pore-blocking keratin.

Bear in mind that chicken skin is not an illness or a disease, it’s not even contagious. So there’s no need to panic or to feel paranoid. If you have chicken skin, try not to overdo the remedies as you may also end up worsening the condition. As they say in the vernacular, Änumang bagay na sobra ay masama.”  So, never ever overdo exfoliation. Exfoliate once or twice a week, apply cream or lotion as you would on normal skin. It would also be best to balance the moisturization and exfoliation components in your chicken skin treatment. Treating skin problems can be tedious and frustrating, but we also believe that achieving healthy skin takes patience, discipline, and a positive attitude.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.