Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. If I told you that I’m going to help you
understand and treat your keratosis pilaris, you’d say, “What’s
he talking about?” But if I told you that’s a fancy medical term for chicken
skin, which is that rough, itchy skin that occurs on the top and outer parts
of some people’s arms and also on the front of their thighs, then it might
ring a bell. It’s particularly common in teenagers and young adults, and
it itches but, more importantly, it looks really funny, because you have all
these little white studded bumps on your skin with pink skin in between.
It’s not dangerous but It certainly looks funny and doesn’t feel good.
This is another situation where exfoliants to the rescue, because these
hard little bumps represent overgrowths of dead cells on the top of the
hair follicle. All you have to do is literally dissolve them away with a
chemical exfoliant, whichever one you use for your face, you can use on your
arms wherever you have your chicken skin, and use it twice a day, and
it will result over a period of three or four weeks of a thinning and flattening
of those bumps. The redness will go away, and you will be free
of the itching and impact of your chicken skin.