When skin turns “chicken” it’s no laughing matter
“Big Chicken” aka. “Foghorn Leghorn was a Warner Brothers cartoon character famous for saying “when I tell a joke, you better laugh.” But there is a skin condition called “Chicken Skin” (keratosis Pilaris) that isn’t a laughing matter.
“Chicken skin” is a condition where patches of dry, bumpy skin occurs almost anywhere on the body, and while it’s not life-threatening, it’s challenging to treat. You can’t cure chicken skin, but you can exfoliate the bumps and soften the dry spots. In addition, Winter brings challenges to those with dry, cracked heels and elbows. These areas not only look bad, but cracked skin, hurts and can become infected.
Everyone wants to feel confident about their skin and of course, keep it healthy. Glytone has a product that works wonders on dry, cracked skin, and a two-part kit that deals a one-two punch to tame “the chicken.”
Let’s start with chicken skin and how to deal with it. The Glytone KP Kit: Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit (you can get it for $68.00 on Dermstore.com ) has the right stuff to reduce rough, uneven skin associated with keratosis pilaris. The Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit includes: Exfoliating Body Wash (6.7 fl. oz.), Body Lotion (8.4 fl. oz.), and an Exfoliating Pouf (your standard nylon poofy ball).
The products are made with medical grade glycolic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin. The key ingredients are alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid and Vitamin E. Glycolic acid, an alphahydroxy acid (AHA) known for its highly effective chemical exfoliation and anti-aging benefits. It’s used in many skincare products, in varying strengths.
Without going into a lot of tech-speak, what makes Glytone great, is that it has free acid value glycolic acid, the exact amount of acid that will be available for use by your skin (to get rid of the red bumps and dry, rough skin or keratosis pilars on the back, upper arms, thighs and buttocks). If , for example, a Glytone product says “4.7 Free Acid Value”, it means that exactly 4.7% glycolic acid will be available for use by your skin. More glycolic acid along with moisturizing ingredients, delivered through Glytone’s time-released patented Novasome Microvesicle Delivery system means that while the products do a good job of exfoliating, unlike a lot of big-gun exfoliators, these will be less irritating to your skin.
There are no complicated instructions. Just pump out some of the body wash (1-2 teaspoon-fulls) onto a poof or a wet washcloth and massage over entire body, working into a rich lather. Concentrate on the drier and rougher areas of the body. Use after Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. Gently massage onto arms, legs and other parts of the body that require special attention such as dehydration. For optimal results use after showering or bathing and follow with a Glytone Lotion. Note: this is not for the face.
That doesn’t mean you won’t irritate your skin if you misuse glycolic acid products. One bit of caution: there is 17.5% free glycolic acid in the body lotion and 8.8% free glycolic acid in the body wash. Be extra careful if your skin is already irritated (e.g. sunburned or if you’ve just shaved your legs). As you exfoliate skin you expose the new skin to the sun’s damaging rays. You must wear a broad spectrum sunscreen containing at least SPF 30!!!
As someone with sensitive skin I found the Glytone products less irritating, but see how your skin reacts to any glycolic acid product before you get overly enthusiastic with them. Over time, the exfoliation plus hydration should give you the results you want and help you feel more confident about showing off what mother nature has given you.
Another difficult to treat skin issue is cracked, dry elbows and heels. Normal lotions and creams can make that skin feel better, but it won’t soften enough or exfoliate enough to solve the problem. Scraping heels with sharp objects can cause infections and make the situation even worse. I really like the Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream ($54.00 1.7 fl. oz.). It has a whopping 29.5% free acid value (glycolic acid) in it. The rich cream can be used on elbows and heels to smooth dry, rough, calloused skin and it multi-tasks as a mask (leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water). I’ve used it on the bottom of my calloused feet, but only as a mask for 5 minutes or less, then when the skin is softened, I’ve used a micro-pedi roller-type device (I’m not necessarily recommending this to everyone but if you are careful, you can remove some of that dead skin that salons used to do with scary razors) Caution: it looks like a soft cream but be careful with it as it’s powerful stuff! You want results, but you don’t want to overdue it. Visit the Glytone Web Site to learn more about Glycolic Acid and Glytone products.