How I Got Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris (a.k.a. Chicken Skin)

With the Summer well on its way, what better time to talk about Keratosis Pilaris. 

Whilst it's formal name may give the impression of some serious medical condition, KP is actually a harmless, common complaint among children and adults. Essentially the overproduction of keratin in the skin's hair follicles,  the skin is thus, blocked, causing small, raised bumps on the surface. It's genetic, however often clears up over time. 

As someone who 'suffers' from the condition, (which is often referred to as 'chicken skin') I've trialed and tested numerous creams and techniques over the years. It's only recently, however, that I've found a trio that actually make a considerable difference to my problem area - the backs of my arms. 

Sure, you can go and spend a small fortune on the latest lotions that claim to rid of the unsightly issue overnight, however with all three of the items I use sitting under the twenty pound mark, I think I'm gonna stick with what I've got going on...

LUSH Dream Cream - £11.95
I posted about this delightful moisturiser back in May last year (have a read here) and it still sits right at the top for me. As the name suggests, the product works like a dream at soothing and hydrating irritated skin, all whilst smelling incredible. Whenever I cut this out of my routine, my arms go ahead and flare right up again - coincidence? I think not. Not only is it an all-around-awesome beauty addition, but the tub lasts forever, meaning it's slightly less painful on those purse strings. Go buy.

Keratosis Pilaris aside, I thoroughly enjoy including a body brushing session into my daily routine. Not only does it gently exfoliate the skin, ridding of dry cells, but it helps fight cellulite and improve blood circulation. The list goes on, (read up here) with the handy wooden tool happening to be a major must-have for those with bumpy skin. Work on dry skin in upwards movements, then go ahead and hop in a bad ass bubble bath. Winning combo right there, no?

Out of all the KP related products I've tried, this is the real game changer. Basically the Boots' alternative to Clearasil, the scrub is not only ridiculously cheap, (I even got it on offer for around £2) but it works unlike anything else. Applying 3-4 times a week, leaving for ten minutes and scrubbing away has made the world of difference to my arms. It's early days, so I've still a few bumps here and there, but fearing short sleeved tees and shirts is a thing of the past. I'm seriously, seriously impressed with this product.

I also find using a pair of exfoliating gloves (Soap & Glory's are great) combined with a gentle body wash helps to further rid of the pesky marks. Additionally, coconut oil is something I've heard many people rave about, and is again, very inexpensive. 

Slowly I am on my way to waving buh-bye to my unsightly bumpy arms, and now you can too!

What products would you recommend for those with Keratosis Pilaris? Have you tried any of the above?


  1. I've been loving ameliorate lately, but these are good cheaper alternatives. However sadly I don't think we can ever get rid of it, it's not curable :( x

    1. You definitely should give the products I've mentioned a try as I barely have any bumps left now! I never thought I'd say that but the combination is a total miracle! x

  2. A fellow sufferer here o/
    Thanks for the post! Seems like a pretty basic skincare combo :) I think I'll try it out if I can get my hands on those products! I've been dreaming of a smooth skin ever since I was a teenager... I've had this chicken skin on my arms and legs ever since I was a kid. Now I'm 26 and it's not showing any signs of going away T__T
    Anyway, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one suffering from this.

    -Rora Sweetimpatience | Lifestyle & Beauty blog


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