12 10 keratosis pilaris chicken skin arms treatment cure fixIf we could paint a canvas of our ideal complexion it would be smooth and clear.

Unfortunately, our vision of picture-perfect skin often gets photo-bombed by Mother Nature who instead splatters us with lumps, bumps and redness. But the good news is, conditions such as keratosis pilaris, acne, broken blood vessels, rosacea and acne scars are not only preventable—they can also be reversible.

In part 1 of this series we share how to deal with Keratotis Pilaris.

Goosebumps can be fun–especially when a great performance or a fantastic scene in a movie moves you and your skin and hair raise on your arm in one tingly swoop. But goosebumps that don’t go away are not so fun. Otherwise known as chicken skin (how’s that for an unattractive moniker?), keratosis pilaris affects approximately 40 per cent of Canadians. It’s a dry, rough and sometimes red or slightly brown discolouration that appears around the hair follicles most commonly found on the back of the arms, and less often the outer thighs, buttocks, shoulders, cheeks, and even eyebrows.

Genetics are the most commonly identified cause: people with a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, eczema or dry skin are more prone to it. And the cold, dry climate in Canada can contribute to flareups, too. The good news: many people will slowly outgrow their condition with age. But until that happens, there are a few things you can do.

“Not over-scrubbing the area is important,” says Dr. Benjamin Barankin, MD FRCPC, a Toronto dermatologist. “Humidifying your bedroom or home in the winter is helpful, as is having a soft water system installed at home.”

For some over-the-counter help, use a glycolic acid body cream at night.