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How to Get Rid of "Strawberry Skin" at Home, According to Dermatologists

Ever noticed the tiny dark bumps on your arms and legs?
How to Get Rid of "Strawberry Skin" at Home, According to Dermatologists
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ILLUSTRATOR Igi Talao
Ever noticed the tiny dark bumps on your arms and legs?

For some of us, no matter how much you scrub with physical exfoliation products, our skin can still feel rough and bumpy after a hearty wash. If these bumps resemble goosebumps, but are in strained red or brown spots, chances are you have what some people call "strawberry skin."

Strawberry skin can be caused from shaving or constant friction, but the most common and difficult kind to treat is Keratosis Pilaris. Treating it can take awhile, so dont be afraid to flaunt them as you target these spots. Just like with other blemishes, it's also a normal skin condition!

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

When our skin releases too much keratin, it builds up and clogs the hair follicle, becoming keratosis pilaris. Dermatologists Dr. Shah and Dr. Maxfield of Doctorly on YouTube say that its true cause has yet to be identified, but they're leaning towards a genetic condition that's seen in people with dry skin and eczema. If you spot signs of KP on your body, don't fret because it's totally harmless and not contagious!

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How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris/Strawberry Skin

Instead of using rough exfoliating tools, Dr. Shah and Dr. Maxfield suggest moisturizing the rough, scaly skin with ingredients that have the ability to break down keratin build-up. Keep scrolling to find out which ingredients and moisturizers you can use to get rid your strawberry skin!

1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is ideal in gently dissolving keratin build-up, and it will prevent the pores from being clogged again with consistent use. The derms recommend applying a product with this ingredient to treat the effective areas, an example being the Bioderma Sébium AKN Fluid as a moisturizer.

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2. Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is a gentle chemical exfoliant with moisturizing properties that's popular among those with eczema and sensitive skin. The Ordinary's Lactic Acid 10% + HA is a serum that you can use every night or three times a week if you're still new to the ingredient. You can also add a few drops of it into your body moisturizer to make your routine easy peasy.

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3. Urea

Urea is a natural and chemical exfoliant that can moisturize and slough off dead skin cells at the same time. This ingredient is also found in our body as a natural moisturizing factor, and allowing added urea on the skin can improve your skin's texture. Fresh Skinlab's Jeju Aloe Cooling and Soothing Ice Body Lotion contains urea, and it's incredibly easy and refreshing to slather all over the skin!

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4. Retinoid

Once you've chosen your ideal moisturizer from the items above, applying a retinoid product after moisturizing can give double action to treating your bumps. According to the dermatologists, retinoids are known for promoting speedy skin cell turnover, and it also helps flatten out the top layer of the skin. Consult your dermatologist for the best retinoid for you, and pat the formula on moisturized the area at night to avoid inflammation!

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