How often should you exfoliate to prevent Keratosis Pilaris?
If exfoliation makes you think of gritty sugar scrubs and hardcore washcloths that leave you red and raw, that’s not how to exfoliate KP away. Focus on chemical exfoliation, products with skin-softening acids (lactic acid, urea), to unclog the keratin plugs in the skin. Every skin type is different, so start conservatively—every-other-day, not every day—and assess how things are looking in a few weeks. Aggressive scrubbing usually makes it worse, warns Dr. Caroline Chang of the Rhode Island Dermatology Institute.
Dr. Michele Farber, MD, FAAD
Dr. Michele Farber, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York.
Endorsement Disclaimer: Soft Services works with experts to strengthen the information provided on Mass Index. Please note that they do not endorse our products.
There’s more to come.
Sign up to receive periodical updates on Mass Index, and to be the first to know when Soft Services launches new products. (If we don’t have any updates, we won’t email you.)
Small, harmless bumps of dead skin cells that form around the hair follicle.
KP, chicken skin, bumpy arms, permanent goose bumps
Looks LikeView Gallery
Frequently Found On
Back of upper arms, outer thighs, back of thighs, outer calves
Learn More: Keratosis Pilaris