How I Got Rid of My Keratosis Pilaris

Victoria Hoff

There’s really no sugarcoating keratosis pilaris—the fact that it’s colloquially referred to as “chicken skin” kind of says it all, doesn’t it? But what has always shocked me about the condition I’ve dealt with my entire life is that no one really talks about it all that often—which doesn’t make much sense, considering that it plagues about half the world’s population.

For those who aren’t familiar, keratosis pilaris (KP) is a benign skin disorder that essentially causes hair follicles to clog easily, resulting in little red or yellow bumps on any (in my case all) parts of the body. While there are plenty of creams and remedies to purportedly help diminish that sandpaper-like appearance, there’s no hard-and-fast cure or universal treatment.

After spending a large part of my teenage years hiding my KP under long sleeves in defeat, I finally got proactive about finding a way to tackle that angry red skin in my 20s. And while I’m still waiting for a magical pill that will make the bumps disappear forever, there are a handful of remedies that I deem successful with proper maintenance. And since I can’t remember the last time I felt self-conscious about going sleeveless, I’d say it’s worth the extra step in my beauty routine.

Keep reading to see four different methods to smooth out those bumps once and for all.

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