You may not be familiar with the words keratosis pilaris, but odds are that you know someone that has it. You might even have it yourself. Keratosis pilaris occurs when your skin overproduces keratin, which stays behind as skin deposits and manifests itself as small red bumps, most often found on the upper arms and sometimes cheeks.
Keratosis pilaris isn’t dangerous or unhealthy, but it can be a bit unsightly and rough to the touch. If you’d like to get rid of yours without an expensive trip to the dermatologist, I’ve got a simple, inexpensive way that worked very well for me.
1. Stop using soap! Soap-based cleansers are drying and harsh on problem skin, as are things with lots of dyes or artificial fragrances. Switch to a non-soap cleanser like the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash and your skin will feel smoother and more hydrated.
2. Exfolaite! The keratin plugs that are making your skin bumpy won’t go anywhere without a little bit of scrubbing. An exfoliating glove will partner with your body wash of choice to slough off dead skin cells and clear your pores and follicles.
3. Moisturize with lactic acid! Yep, lactic acid. This lotion can be a little difficult to find, but many larger drug stores carry one form or another. If not, your pharmacist can order it for you if he’s nice (mine did!). AmLactin is one of the largest manufacturers of this type of product, and the higher the percentage of lactic acid, the better. Not only is it super moisturizing, but the acid gets down into your pores and follicles to loosen the keratin plugs over time.
Results from this method won’t happen overnight, but after a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at the difference you see. I’ve had keratosis bumps for my whole life, and they’re almost entirely gone.