How do you get rid of chicken skin?


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To eliminate chicken skin (known as Keratosis Pilaris) on your body, use gentle cleansers, chemical exfoliants and deep moisturizers on the red bumps. Apply sunscreen daily; for stubborn cases of chicken skin, try chemical peels, topical retinols or vitamin A treatments.

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  1. Use gentle cleansers

    Use a gentle moisturizing soap to avoid irritating the skin and causing the bumps to stand out. Do not scrub while washing.

  2. Use a chemical exfoliant

    Scrubbing or manually exfoliating the skin only irritates the bumps. While in the shower, use a chemical exfoliant to get rid of excess skin cells under the surface. Products with glycolic acid, lactic acid or urea are effective against keratosis pilaris, the technical term for chicken skin.

  3. Moisturize immediately

    After stepping out of the shower, immediately pat the skin dry. Apply a deep moisturizing lotion within one minute of showering to soften the look of the bumps.

  4. Get a chemical peel

    If the over-the-counter chemical exfoliant doesn't work, get a chemical peel. Chemical peels go deeper, getting rid of the underlying build-up of skin cells. Wait a week after using an exfoliant before using a chemical peel.

  5. Use topical retinoids or vitamin A

    Retinoids and vitamin A are both effective against tough cases of keratosis pilaris. Apply a small amount over the affected area every other day to avoid drying out the skin.

  6. Use sunscreen daily

    Sun aggravates keratosis pilaris. Use a high-SPF sunscreen every day.

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