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What causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages, characterised by small, rough bumps on the skin. These bumps, often described as chicken skin, are most frequently seen on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. Although KP is harmless and not contagious, it can cause discomfort and diminish self-confidence due to its noticeable appearance.

What causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris occurs when keratin, a hard protein that protects the skin from harmful substances and infection, builds up and forms a plug that blocks the opening of a hair follicle. Although the exact cause of keratin buildup is unknown, KP is believed to be associated with genetic factors and certain skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis.

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris

The most common symptoms of KP include:

  • Small, acne-like bumps
  • Dry, rough patches of skin
  • Skin-coloured bumps that may become red or inflamed
  • Itching, which varies in intensity

Managing Keratosis Pilaris

While there's no cure for KP, several treatments can help manage its symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin. Moisturising, gentle exfoliation, and the use of specific lotions are among the most effective strategies.

How Palmer's Exfoliating Body Lotion Can Help

Palmer's Smooth Radiant Exfoliating Body Lotion is specially formulated to soften and smooth the skin, making it an excellent choice for those managing Keratosis Pilaris. Here's how it can help:

  • Exfoliation & Moisturisation: Rich in Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and AHAs, Palmer's Exfoliating Body Lotion exfoliates dead skin cells to smooth bumpy skin & keep it looking radiant, while providing deep and lasting hydration to the skin. Keeping the skin moisturised is crucial in managing KP, as dry skin can exacerbate the condition.
  • Easy to Use: Suitable for daily use, this lotion can be seamlessly incorporated into your skincare routine. Regular application can lead to smoother skin and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of KP bumps over time.

100% of people saw improved skin texture & smoothness, and 94% saw a reduced appearance of bumpy skin after 4 weeks.* *Independent clinical in-use test: 38 subjects.


Keratosis Pilaris may be a persistent and somewhat annoying condition, but with the right care, its symptoms can be significantly reduced. Palmer's Exfoliating Body Lotion offers a gentle yet effective way to manage KP by combining the benefits of exfoliation and moisturisation. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare. With regular use, you can achieve softer, smoother skin and regain your confidence.

Remember, it's always best to consult with a dermatologist before starting any new skincare regimen, especially if you have sensitive skin or severe KP.

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