I have “Chicken Skin” or appropriately known as keratosis pilaris. This is a common skin condition which causes kartatin, a natural protein found in skin, to plug hair follicles. It manifests itself with the appearance of bumps on your skin. The most common places for keratosis pilaris to be found is on the back, upper arms and thighs. I get it on the back of my upper arms. This plague began when I was a child and I was told by my pediatrician and dermatologist that I’d “probably grow out of it.” Keratosis affects 50-80% of the child population, while affecting about 40% of the adult population. I’m within the 40%.
Thankfully, I do not have a hard to manage or incredibly noticeable case as there is no cure. However, I have found ways to treat it. The best treatment I have found is Dermadoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub. This chemical exfoliant (it has Alpha Hydroxy Acid) is made of synthetic beads, so it doesn’t scratch the skin.
It’s a great body scrub in general but if you have Chicken Skin, it’s the best for any affected area. It’s even better if you apply it with your Clarisonic. (More of it’s praises later.) If you use it with your Clarisonic, make sure to use a separate head than the one used for your face. This “body brush” is the normal head. Additionally, do this sparingly and with care. If you apply too much pressure with the Clarisonic and the body scrub or apply with the Clarisonic too often, it will hurt. Trust me, I’ve become over zealous.
Only apply KP Duty with a Clarisonic on affected areas. Applying exfoliators with anything harsh can cause irritation and possibly flare acne. It is best to apply it with a soft cloth, hand mitt or your hands. Also, if you do not have a skin condition that requires exfoliation do not use it more than twice a week. This is the same with any body scrub, but these suggestions should be followed particularly if you are going to use a medicated body scrub.