The secret to smooth skin: Remedies for keratosis pilaris

Women touching underarmAdvice has been offered to individuals who suffer from keratosis pilaris – or small red bumps on their skin. Also known as ‘chicken skin’, the condition usually occurs on the tops of the arms, thighs and buttocks, USA Weekend reports.The bumps and dry skin surrounding them are caused by the build-up of a hard protein called keratin. When too much of this is produced by the body, it blocks the hair follicle openings, causing bumps to appear when hair grows. Keratosis often runs in families, but there are some treatments people can try to tackle the problem. According to the website, over-the-counter creams that contain ingredients including urea, lactic acid, salicylic acid or tretinoin can all help to alleviate the condition. Alternatively, a made-at-home remedy of olive oil mixed with sugar to create a thick paste can help to exfoliate and break up the keratin, while the oil moisturises the skin.