Over The Counter Remedies
If for some reason you can’t use any of the home treatments described above, for example if you are allergic to any of the products used as ingredients or if you have no time to prepare the healing mixtures at home, or if you have already tried all of them and still can’t see satisfying results, you can reach for some over-the-counter products that might help you get rid of the keratosis pilaris and regain smooth skin.
Glycolic Acid Exfoliators
Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient used in exfoliating products in varying concentration. You can ask your pharmacist which product would be best for your skin condition. In general, it’s better to start with one that contains a lower lever of glycolic acid and check how the skin will react to it. If you see some improvement after a week of using the exfoliator, continues the treatment. If you see no redness or rash caused by the product and want faster results, you can switch to something stronger.
Retinoids, present in vitamin A, are used in many anti-ageing creams due to their skin rejuvenation properties. The market offers a wide range of creams with various levels of retinoids. The strongest ones and pure retinoids are only available on prescription. You can use a special body lotion with this ingredient to boost the exfoliation and the regeneration of skin cells. Observe your skin during the treatment to make sure it reacts well to the product and it doesn’t get irritated by the retinoids.
When To See The Doctor
In general, there should be no need to contact the doctor about your keratosis pilaris since it normally doesn’t develop into any serious skin problems. However, if you have tried various treatments with no results, you can ask for a prescription-only product that will accelerate the exfoliation and skin regeneration process. Remember that strong exfoliation may result in a dry and flaky skin so it’s best to undergo this kind of treatment in colder moths, when you don’t have to uncover your arms and thighs or any other areas affected by chicken skin.