Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Keratosis Pilaris Management - Say Goodbye to Chicken Skin!

"Are these gOOOOsebumps?"
I can bet most of you reading this have had some kind of experience with Keratosis Pilaris, whether you were aware of it or not. Yes, you may think Kera-what? but I can guarantee by about half way through this blog you'll realise you know exactly what it is. I for one had the misfortune of living with it throughout my high school years. Keratosis Pilaris is a very common skin condition. Some studies estimate that it affects 50-80% of all adolescents and is more common in females. About 4 in 10 adults are also affected with Keratosis Pilaris, according to Treating "Chicken Skin" Bumps: Keratosis Pilaris. We've had a bunch of emails come through at work asking about this rash which is why I thought I'd delve into the world of one of the more bearable skin conditions out there. 


What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris appears as little bumps which look similar to goosebumps. This is why it has adopted the nickname chicken skin. Basically, this rash is caused by firm little plugs that form in the hair follicles. These little plugs are a build-up of keratin, which is the main protein found in the outermost layer of skin (hence the name Keratosis). These plugged hair follicles give the skin that raised bumpy and spotty appearance. The colour of these little bumps is normally the same tone as the rest of the skin or slightly pinker. 

The great thing about this condition is that it is usually not noticeable to others, except on close inspection, and it doesn't itch. Of course, don't pick at the bumps as it may cause irritation. 
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The appearance of Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris begins to appear during childhood and tends to flare up during adolescence. Since this rash is associated with (and can be worsened by) skin dryness, most people experience a clear-cut seasonal variation (i.e. it tends to get worse in winter which was the case for me). The rash changes intensity from time to time but the baseline usually stays the same until middle adolescence when it begins to improve. Adults who still have this rash often experience further improvement during the middle decades. The average age when spontaneous improvement is first noted is 16 (British Medical Journal, June 1994). 

Keratosis Pilaris is more common in those who suffer from Eczema, dry skin or a Vitamin A deficiency. It is normally found on the backs of the upper arms and on the thighs but can also sometimes be found on the face, buttocks and eyebrows. 


How do I treat Keratosis Pilaris?

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Loofah sponges help to release
the keratin plugs
There is no permanent cure for this rash however it does tend to improve in time and it is super easy to treat. There are some treatments out there designed to help smooth the rough, bumpy skin. Perhaps the simplest and most effective treatment is a good ol' fashioned moisturiser to keep the skin moist and hydrated. Since Keratosis Pilaris is associated with skin dryness, you can understand why moisturising the skin is really important. Gentle exfoliation with a loofah sponge, a pumice sponge or even a washcloth can help smooth the skin out. The important thing is to try and avoid drying out your skin. 

We've had a fair few people email us who've reported an improvement in the condition since using MooGoo. This is likely due to a general improvement in the moistness of the skin which prevents the plugs from forming. To help loosen these plugs, I normally recommend washing with one of our MooGoo Milk Cleansing Bars because the super-fatted Cocoa Butter and Olive Oil in these bars helps to release the keratin build-ups. After your bath or shower, make sure you moisturise. Now, I may be biased because I work at MooGoo, but the MooGoo Full Cream and the MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream are awesome all body moisturisers packed with skin repair ingredients but the decision is completely up to you. Use a moisturiser of your choice to help smooth out the mine field on your skin that is Keratosis Pilaris. 

This rash is really one of the most simple to treat and the great thing is there is no need to buy all the fancy "miracle" treatments. A good quality wash and moisturiser will keep the skin healthy and avoid any build-up of keratin on the skin. It's as simple as that. Do any of you have your own remedies to help soothe Keratosis Pilaris? If so, we'd love to hear them - pop them below in the comments box. :)

by Daniella De Azevedo 


25 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I had this all through my childhood and teenage years but had no idea what caused it! Wish I'd had Moogoo back then...

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  2. Hi JosieJo2000 :)

    Yes, that is the exact same with me! I was always curious about what the tiny bumps were but they didn't bother me too much. As a result I never looked into how to treat it. It's good to know now though so I can pass it onto my siblings who suffer from it.

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  3. My 4 year old daughter has this condition and we have tried many creams & bodywashes but nothing seems to work so I'm giving your 'moo goo' a go :)will keep you posted hopefuly with goodnews.

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    1. Hi Jojo,

      Thanks for writing. :) Yes, it is quite common! I had it when I was younger too but I seem to have grown out of it fortunately. Whilst our products aren't specifically designed to soothe KP, many customers have reported an improvement of their skin from using the soap bars and moisturisers. I hope it works well for your daughter. Please let me know how it goes. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi Daniella! I've had KP since I was a teenager and literally tried everything to try and get rid of it (even acne creams thinking it was some sort of bacterial problem). For the last few years I've kept it in check using MooGoo Honey & Oatmeal Soap (I love the Goats Milk one too but the extra exfoliants in this one are especially good). After showering I then apply the Full Cream moisturiser all over my upper arms and legs which are prone to KP. My skin still isn't 100% but is so much smoother and softer - I can actually wear lovely dresses and sleeveless tops without feeling embarrassed. Just love my MooGoo :D xx

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    1. Hello Oceangirl, thanks for taking the time to write. :)Same with me! I had KP all through High School but it never bothered me too much so I just sort of let it be. It's wonderful to hear that our products have helped soothe your KP! Like I mentioned in the post, they weren't specifically designed for KP but it's super to hear they help. Thanks again for taking the time to write. Hearing how much our customers love MooGoo as much as we do makes everything we do worth it. :) :)

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  5. I had those little bumps on the tops of my arms. I kind of just ignored them but they did annoy me. I used your advice and used your soap and the MSM soothing cream (which is my fave MooGoo cream) and my arms cleared up really quickly! So easy to get rid of them. :)

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    1. Hi Alison, thanks for writing. :) That's absolutely wonderful to hear MooGoo helped out your KP! The MSM is great - one of my favourites too.

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    1. Hello Susan,

      Thank you for taking the time to write. I hope you enjoyed reading it. :)

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  11. Would using the products you've suggested be bad if you had acne?! I honestly can't tell what it is I have but I've just always assumed pimples because I used to have them on my face (now just back/chest/arm - so annoying!) I've looked into whether it may be KP or folliculitis or something else but I don't want to worsen it if it's acne haha!

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  12. Hi Lovely :) Thanks for getting in touch! If it's acne, neither the Milk Cleansing Bars, or the Moisturisers should worsen the condition. If you're wanting to try, we would suggest performing a patch test first, to see how it works for you (and to make sure you don't have a reaction to one of the natural ingredients). We'd love to hear how you go!

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  13. What do you mean it doesn't itch???? I came looking for "chicken skin flair ups" because I'm on day 3 of pretty intense itching on both of my bottom arms. Moisturizer does help but only for about 2 hours. So really? You're chicken skin doesn't itch?? Never?? In case you're wondering I'm 47. It hasn't calmed down for me :(

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    1. Oh no, that must be really uncomfortable to say the least! I'd say almost all of the people we talk to find it's not itchy (that's why it tends to just get left). Sorry this isn't the case for you :( Have you talked to your Doctor about it? Hope it dies down!

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