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A BEAUTY expert has revealed how you can improve the appearance of the so-called chicken skin – and what causes it.

Although chicken skin – also known as keratosis pilaris – is nothing to be ashamed of, as up to 40 per cent of adults experience the issue, the small bumps scattered around the skin can cause embarrassment.

"It happens when your hair follicles become blocked which causes scaling and bumpiness," consultant dermatologist Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, told the Sun.

"It can be genetic and often associated with people who have eczema or asthma," he added.

The harmless condition can last for a very long time but luckily, according to one beauty expert, Kaia Naturals, there are ways to prevent it.

Taking to TikTok, the whizz explained what's behind this condition and how to tackle it – and turns out, your showering routine plays a big role.


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''These littles bumps – they are dead skin cells that plug the hair follicle,'' she informed social media users in the video.

To make sure the dead skin is removed, the beauty guru advised a simple solution – incorporating an exfoliant whenever in the shower or taking a bath.

However, as Kaia insisted, sometimes a regular exfoliant won't work as well, so it's best to invest in both a physical and a chemical exfoliant to treat keratosis pilaris.

Physical exfoliation refers to abrasives that are remove dead skin cells and exfoliate skin, leaving it smooth and soft.

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This category of exfoliants includes washcloths, specialised beauty tools such as exfoliating brushes or gloves, as well as face scrubs, all of which can either be ordered online or snapped up from your high street.

When bagging the ultimate exfoliant for your skin, the expert urged to also check the ingredients list – and here you should look for salicylic acid, tea tree oil, as well as volcanic sand.


Salicylic acid works wonder for those with oily and acne-prone skinbecause its chemical formula helps to unclog pores and keep them free of debris that often leads to acne.

Meanwhile, tea tree oil has numerous benefits to the skin – not only can it soothe and relieve painful and irritated areas on your body, the antibacterial properties make it the perfect wound healer.

Tea tree oil is also a popular choice for treating acne due to being anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

The popular ingredient is believed to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation, Healthline reported.

According to Georgette Klinger, volcanic sand is a great source of magnesium, which is commonly used in Epsom salts and helps to restore moisture levels, as well as reduce inflammation in your skin.

Using this in your skincare can work like a charm, improving the skin's overall texture, tone and vitality.

Fellow beauty enthusiasts on the platform raced to comments to share their thoughts, as well as the favourite buys that have helped them.

One was raving about a high street bargain buy, writing: ''@The Ordinary Glycolic Acid!''

Someone else claimed: ''I got rid of mine by tanning in natural sunlight. Haven’t had issues since.''


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A third penned: ''first wash with Cera Ve cleanser then apply Cera Ve roughness and bumpy skin lotion.''

''Using a sea salt soap saved my life. I use it on my body and face, and my skin has never been healthier!'' another penned.

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