What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris is a common and harmless skin condition, usually found on arms, legs and bottom.  It typically includes dry rough skin, small red or brown bumps on the skin, and can also be quite itchy. Because of the tiny dot-like bumps, keratosis pilaris has earned the unfortunate nickname “chicken skin”.

It isn’t known exactly why some people get keratosis pilaris, but it is thought to be hereditary. We can be assured that it isn’t infectious and can’t be spread.

We do however know WHAT it is- it’s a build up of keratin within a hair follicle which causes it to become blocked. Keratin isn’t a harmful substance, occurring naturally within the body, and is found in nails, hair and skin.

Everyday Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris

Because keratosis pilaris results from this build-up, it’s important to exfoliate the skin effectively and consistently. Using a physical exfoliant can result in damage to the skin, with bead and kernels being too harsh on skin that is already dry. Instead, use a chemical exfoliant, such as and AHA like glycolic acid. This will evenly and gently exfoliate the build up, to prevent it from forming.

It’s also important to make sure that the skin is properly moisturised, to help soften the bumps and soothe the dry skin.

  • keep skin moisturised, using The Perfect Body Lotion, which contains a host of skin-loving ingredients
  • gently exfoliate skin using a glycolic body wash such as The Perfect Body Wash
  • reduce the temperature of your bath/ shower to lukewarm
  • Gently pat skin dry after washing
  • scrub skin with physical exfoliants
  • have hot showers and baths
  • scratch itchy skin, or try to pick off any bumps and texture

The Perfect Peel to Improve Keratosis Pilaris

The Perfect Peel is a medium-depth, medical, blended chemical peel, available as a treatment through trained medical practitioners and medical aesthetics clinics in the UK.

The Perfect Peel helps to improve keratosis pilaris in a number of ways:


The Perfect Peel contains several exfoliating ingredients that will cause the top layer of the skin to peel away. By removing this layer of skin, dead cells are removed, allowing the new skin to shine through. In addition, clogged pores are released, such as those that lead to keratosis pilaris.


It’s a common misconception that Chemical Peels are drying. It all depends on formulation. As the most sophisticated chemical peel available in the UK, the overall blend of ingredients as well as the after-care of the peel helps to moisturise the skin.


The Perfect Peel contains ingredients that are both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, to helps calm, soothe and improve the appearance of keratosis pilaris.


Keratosis Pilaris is commonly associated with redness and red dots on the skin. The Perfect Peel includes a blend of anti-pigmentation ingredients such as, Glutathione, Kojic Acid, Salicylic Acid, TCA and Vitamin C.

The full results of The Perfect Peel can be seen after 28 days, which is the full cycle of cellular turnover. After the initial skin peeling period, the ingredients are still working hard to penetrate the skin’s very cells.

To find out more about how The Perfect Peel works, check out our page.

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