What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris (aka chicken skin) is a common skin condition that affects roughly 40% of people of all ages and some pregnant women during hormonal changes. All cases have varying degrees of appearance from a few small bumps on the upper arms to red and itchy bumps on legs, arms, cheeks and buttocks.
It is uncertain on what causes it with many believing it is brought on by gluten intolerances however this is not the case for most people.
What is the cause of Keratosis Pilaris?
The cause of this condition is still unknown however the reason behind these bumps is our body’s overproduction of keratin that creates hyperkeratinization, the body’s inability to get rid of skin cells usually forced out by growing hairs.
The bumps are made up of tightly bonded skin cells that are usually sloughed off naturally or forced out of the hair follicle when a hair starts growing, however due to the body over producing keratin, these cells become trapped creating small, hard bumps on the skin.
Another symptom associated with KP is dry and itchy skin which usually means your skin is lacking essential fatty acids.
Unfortunately there is no cure (yet) for this skin condition however the ongoing use of moisturisers and exfoliants can minimize the look and feel of your skin.
Our rice based scrubs release an anti ageing, skin softening and healing antioxidant called Inositol which helps to minimise the look and feel of KP while our body oils deliver the essential fatty acids to the recently resurfaced skin to further breakdown the keratin build up.
Each product contains specific natural oils and elements that work in synergy to promote soft skin as well as calming the mind, elevating mood and even increasing libido.
Prep Bod’s Original Scrub is a gentle yet highly effective smoothing polish which contains vitamins B & C for brightening and skin smoothing whilst delivering a boost of hydration naturally with it’s super antioxidant, inositol (an anti ageing, softening and healing antioxidant produced by rice).
For extra dry skin, our Prep Body Oil delivers essential fatty acids to thirsty skin whilst the clove oil in our Original Scrub and Oil helps to further break down the keratin build up.
Tips to help your KP
- Don’t scratch or rub the bumps in your skin roughly
- Use warm water instead of hot when you take a bath and shower
- Gently exfoliate with our best selling Original Scrub at the end of your bath or shower
- Always follow up with a body oil high in fatty acids like our Nightly Oil
- Use body cleansers that contain oil
- Use a humidifier to add some moisture in the air at your home