Of all the unique ways we talk about skin conditions (See: crow’s feet, pimples, and ingrown hairs), I don’t think anything comes off as more immediately repellant than what we horrifyingly call “strawberry skin” or, for maximum terribleness, “chicken skin.” Technically called Keratosis Pilaris, “Strawberry skin” is often noticed on the legs, upper arms, cheeks, and abdomen, appearing as red dots, resembling, you guessed it, the skin of a strawberry.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
According to dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal, KP is a type of eczema. “It is commonly due to keratin plugging of hair follicles and commonly runs in families.” Often mistaken for classic ingrown hair, KP might not dangerous, but it can be “cosmetically worrisome.”
Who Gets Keratosis Pilaris?
Aside from the familial component, KP often occurs in people with sensitive skin or traditional eczema, says Dr. Lal. “With treatment, we can make the redness go away and make the bumps flatter.” When trying to find a product to manage KP, Dr. Lal recommends ingredients like lactic acid, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, urea, and retinoids.
How Can You Treat Keratosis Pilaris?
Finding a body product that contains exfoliating acids will help manage the cosmetic appearance of strawberry skin. However, Dr. Lal warns that consistency with treatment is essential. “The key to KP is not to fall back on treatment. Once you start, you must continue because it will come back.”
If you’re on the hunt for a body product that can manage the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris, here are 12 body products that contain essential ingredients to calm those plugged hair follicles. And the best part? They’re all sold on Amazon, so you can 2-day ship them and get to tackling your KP almost immediately.
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Psoriasis Treatment Cleanser
This body wash packs in all the ingredients you need to beat KP: Lactic and salicylic acids help treat those clogged follicles while urea soothes and hydrates the skin.
KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub
With glycolic and lactic acid, this scrub acts as both a physical and chemical exfoliator to make KP a thing of the past.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
With glycolic and salicylic acid, this lotion deeply penetrates follicles and pores on the body for intense results. As an added bonus, it’s also great to treat body acne.
Alpha Hydroxy Therapy Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion
This body lotion is combined with a gentle lactic acid to reduce those annoying bumps on the skin, while giving it a lovely hydrated texture.
Weightless Body Treatment
This lightweight lotion has salicylic acid to undo any clogged pores, while also containing soothing ingredients like chamomile and green tea to reduce redness and discomfort.
Known for working wonders on ingrown hairs, this water-like liquid helps clogged follicles clear up in no time.
After showering, use this rich cream that contains soothing urea to protect and gently reduce any clogged skin.
Keratosis Pilaris Exfoliating Body Cleanser Wash
For KP or all-over bumpiness, this body wash contains glycolic acid that removes “keratin plugs” that block hair follicles and pores.
AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum
Not only is this exfoliating body serum a key to unclogging follicles on the body, but it will also give you a glowing complexion from the neck down.
The combination of charcoal and salicylic acid help remove any dead skin that may be clogging hair follicles in a simple yet effective body wash.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Emollient
For skin that’s too sensitive for exfoliation, this cream contains no harsh acids but still works tirelessly to defeat KP in a gentle, soothing way.
In the shower, rub down with this body wash that contains glycolic acid for smooth, even-textured skin.
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