Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) also commonly known as “chicken skin” is an affliction that even the most dedicated of us to smooth skin care regimens can suffer from. Take this annoying condition and put it in an environment that is conducive to it flaring up and you’ve got yourself some winter skin blues. It’s a very common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and butt. Welcome to dry, chicken skin purgatory where you’re constantly caught between the elusive edge of smooth skin and a maddening forest of rough, annoying skin plugs.
Fortunately, there is a key to beating keratosis pilaris that’s not only affordable but easy and pretty fast. No, we have not found a cure, but we have found eight of the best lotions and creams that can make a significant difference in the smoothness of your skin. We’ve found that the best lotion for keratosis pilaris are lotions formulated with *urea and or at least 10% lactic acid or glycolic and rich fats like shea butter or coco butter were the key to keeping keratosis pilaris under control. These are our favorite picks that we’ve found work the best and give you the fastest, most consistent results.
Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream
Key Ingredients: Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract (Shea), Ammonium Lactate (Lactic Acid), Salicylic Acid
Nutraplus Therapeutic Cream (This cream is a beast with such a concentrated amount of urea)
AmLactin Cerapeutic Alpha-Hydroxy Ceramide Therapy Restoring Body Lotion (Great for body acne, butt acne, stretch marks, unevenness and managing keratosis pilaris)
Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Ammonium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Trolamine, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3 in Corn Oil), Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid
Cerave Renewing SA Skin Lotion (Great for body acne, butt acne, stretch marks, unevenness and managing keratosis pilaris)
Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Ammonium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Hyaluronic Acid
Dermadoctor KP Duty Lotion
Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Urea
Avène Akerat Smoothing Exfoliating Cream
Key Ingredients: Urea, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Prunus Dulcis), Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid
Lac-hydrin Five Moisturizing Lotion
Key Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Squalane, Diazolidinyl Urea
Glytone Body Lotion (This lotion has 17.5% glycolic acid and works amazingly fast)
Key Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Petrolatum, Glycerin
*A NOTE ON ALLERGIES/SENSITIVE SKIN AND SKIN CONDITIONS
Before you start slathering on lotions that contain acids and urea be sure to do a patch test for a few days first and it’s also wise to talk to your doctor about your change up. Also, if you have very sensitive skin, are pregnant or may become or have any other medical conditions, you may not respond well to acids so proceed with caution. Some find synthetic urea to be a very controversial ingredient, so do your research before you buy.
Be sure to read Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes: The Best Lotions For Extremely Dry Skin and Treating Eczema And Psoriasis With Colloidal Oatmeal And Bentonite for more skin care and lotion recommendations.