What is keratosis pilaris?

Is the skin on your arms and thighs covered in small, red, itchy bumps? If so, it’s probably keratosis pilaris—a non-threatening condition that affects about 40% of the population.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Keratosis pilaris is most commonly due to genetic factors and is more prevalent among women than men. It usually starts in adolescence or early adulthood and mostly affects those with sensitive skin. It’s also more common in the winter when humidity levels are low.

You can recognize it by the rough, almost scaly, texture it gives to the back of your arms and thighs. The small pimples are mostly dry but can sometimes contain a little pus (sounds lovely, doesn’t it?). They’re caused by an excessive accumulation of keratin (the ‘base material’ of hair) or dead skin cells in the hair follicles, which cause inflammation, hence the redness.

While often painless, keratosis pilaris can cause discomfort. Since the skin is drier, it may become tight. Some people may also be somewhat embarrassed by how it looks.

HOW TO REMEDY IT

To eliminate the unpleasantness associated with keratosis pilaris, just make a few adjustments to your beauty routine. Moisturizing and exfoliating are key.

  1. First, choose a soapless body cleanser with a high oil content, which will gently treat your skin and deeply nourish it. Goodbye, dryness and irritation!
  2. Scrub your body in the shower once or twice a week with a loofah glove. By regularly removing dead skin cells, you prevent their accumulation — and the appearance pimples. You can also use a lotion that contains glycolic or uric acid, two proven exfoliating agents.
  3. Regularly apply a moisturizing cream, day and night, preferably one that’s anti-inflammatory to soothe any itching.
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A FEW GOOD HABITS:

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes (especially synthetics like polyester, nylon, acrylic, Lycra, etc.). Contact with your skin can cause irritation.
  • Don’t use so-called “aggressive” soaps: treat your skin gently!
  • Make sure you drink enough water and maintain a balanced diet. Minerals like zinc and magnesium (found mostly in cashews, cocoa and whole grains) are great allies for your skin.   

Our recommendations:

Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil, 500 ml
Uriage

Xémose Cleansing Soothing Oil, 500 ml

This cleansing oil for face and body protects against dry skin and soothes itching sensations. Its fine and extra-gentle lather brings instant and long-lasting comfort to dry to very dry skin.

Atoderm Shower Oil, 1 L
Bioderma

Atoderm Shower Oil, 1 L
Ideal Body SPA Shower Gel-Oil, 200 ml
Vichy

Ideal Body SPA Shower Gel-Oil, 200 ml
Iso-Urea Body Milk, 400 ml
La Roche-Posay

Iso-Urea Body Milk, 400 ml

Smoothing moisturizing anti-flake body milk. Ultra melt-in texture. Sensitive, dry and flaky skin in adults, roughness on the body (arms, elbows, legs), flaking. Suitable for skin with psoriasis. Suitable for the skin of people with diabetes.

Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, 200 ml
Reversa

Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, 200 ml

Say goodbye to dry skin and chicken skin! Ideal for relieving rough, dry skin and for eliminating small red bumps on the skin, commonly known as chicken skin (keratosis pilaris). Daily use of this highly effective moisturizing formula is particularly effective on hands, elbows, knees and feet, leaving your skin looking and feeling silky smooth. It’s an anti-aging lotion that moisturizes, smoothes and rejuvenates the skin. With 10% glycolic acid.

Akérat Body Care Cream, 200 ml
Avène

Akérat Body Care Cream, 200 ml

Nourishes, hydrates* and soothes the skin. Leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. * Upper skin layers.

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What is keratosis pilaris?

Is the skin on your arms and thighs covered in small, red, itchy bumps? If so, it’s probably keratosis pilaris—a non-threatening condition that affects about 40% of the population.
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