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What Can You Do About Bumpy Chicken Skin?

Posted Dec 12 2011 1:01am

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Rics really needs to know…I don’t know if what I have is what they call chicken skin since when I searched in the internet about it I read that there should be redness on the part of your body where you have chicken skin. Mine doesn’t have that. It’s more like when you have goosebumps when you’re cold or frightened, in my case that ‘goosebumps’ seemed to not go away, regardless. I’d like to cure that so I’ll have blemish-free skin even up-close. Also, the problem is not only when you look at it you’ll see them, but to touch your skin and you feel those little bumps like when you touch the skin of a featherless chicken, I feel self-conscious. I hope it’s curable. But honestly is it really (curable)? can anyone suggest any medication, hopefully over the counter medicine or products, that can get rid of this skin problem. 

The Right Brain responds (with a little help):

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE the members of the Beauty Brains Forum?   I especially love when they help us answer questions! Case in point, lovely LindyGirl did some research in response to Rics’ question. Here’s what she found out:

According to this article by the Cosmetics Cop , a condition known as keratosis pilaris can cause bumpy, chicken-like skin on your upper arms, backside, or thighs. These bumps are actually clogged pores where “skin cells have become hardened inside the pore.”

You use alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) to exfoliate. According to the article AHA’s work for some people but it was recommended that you try a BHA product first. Those products do exfoliate without scrubbing. Scrubbing doesn’t work. And using bar soaps or cleansers can make the condition worse.  Here is yet another article from WebMD that provides some helpful tips in the last paragraph.

Chicken skin is a real problem for some people. If the tips from these articles don’t help you, please consult your dermatologist!

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