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What can I do about my goose bumps?

Keratosis pilaris

The goose bumps found on the upper arms, thighs and face are called Keratosis Pilaris.

The bumps represent blocked pores. The pores are stuffed with a protein called keratin which develop as a result of fault growth of skin cells around the hair follicle openings.

A scrub cleanser (such as Vitasure Scrub) may be used to gently rub away the blockage.

A urea containing cream (Vitasure exfoliator containing 40% urea) is ideal to keep the skin soft and to help remove the blockage.

A retinoid cream (Retin A/ Retacnyl) may be applied every night to change the way the skin cells mature and to reduce the blockage of the pores.

Keratosis Pilaris is an inherited disorder and usually at least one parent will be found to have the disorder. If both parents have the condition, the risk of passing it on to kids is greater.

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