Keratosis Pilaris/Chicken Skin

Have you noticed patches of tiny bumps on your face or other people’s faces? These bumps are usually mistaken as whiteheads or acne. In fact, they are a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. If you are suffering from this condition and want to get rid of them, which aesthetic treatment can help?

What is keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris, also known as “chicken skin”, is a chronic genetic disorder caused by abnormal keratin accumulation of the hair follicles.

Keratosis pilaris often happens on the backs of the upper arms, part of the face that produces more oil, outer thighs and butts. They are characterised by the presence of tiny rough bumps on the hair follicle, sometimes appearing red around the bumps. Most common in the adolescent population due to their high hormonal level.

When Keratosis pilaris occurs on the face, it commonly affects the sides of the nose, chin, and forehead. Although they don’t hurt or itch, they can feel rough, bumpy and affect our appearance.


Keratosis pilaris is a genetic skin disorder; the cause is mostly associated with the gene.

However, there are non-genetic factors:

Have not removed makeup or cleanse the face thoroughly;

Photo-damaging such as prolonged exposure to the sun;

Overwash the face and cause the damage of skin barrier;

Dry or dehydrated skin;

Change of hormonal level – Teenagers generally have a higher secretion of oil on their skin. If they do not clean their skin properly, the oil may block the opening of hair follicles and lead to the accumulation of keratin instead of exfoliating;


Keratosis pilaris often appears as keratinised papules, patched bumps with rough surfaces, and in skin colour or pink. It is better in summer, worse in winter. The skin can sometimes feel itchy in winter. Commonly shown as tiny translucent bumps on the sides of the nose.

There are some common locations affected by keratosis pilaris, but have been overlooked, such as erythema on the temples of men, blushed cheeks, chicken skin or redness on the shoulder blades, forearms, calves, and arms.

You can easily self-examine to find out whether you have keratosis pilaris. Take a close look at the skin surface, skin with keratosis pilaris will have a tiny horny plug that fills the opening of the hair follicle like a little bump, or a keratinising papule as small as a needle, and sometimes red around the follicles. They are visible to the naked eyes, and can feel their roughness.

Affected people

Putting aside genetic factors, who is prone to keratosis pilaris? Keratosis pilaris affects women more often than men. Kids and adolescent teenagers are the age groups being affected the most, therefore, when they grow older, keratosis pilaris will get better. Also, the condition is better in summer but worse in winter.


A. Hydrafacial

What is Hydrafacial:

HydraFacial is a patented skincare treatment developed by an American skincare company, HYDRAFACIAL. This FDA, CE and CSA approved device was designed to promote the health of skin and to restore skin barrier rapidly. Mainly focusing on restoring skin health, HydraFacial utilised the patented 4 in 1 patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, and used in conjunction with the HydraFacial proprietary vacuum technology and serums. As a result, impurities can be easily dislodged and removed while simultaneously delivering hydrating skin solutions. It only takes you 30 minutes to solve skin problems without downtime and pain, including blackheads, brown spots, dehydration, wrinkles, sensitivity, dull skin, enlarged pores, pimples, and photodamage.

How does it work:

Hydrafacial treatment combines the usage of an exclusive formula essence and the patented VORTEX two-way vacuum technology to exfoliate the skin, rapidly open up the pores, clear the congestion, non-invasively clear out blackheads, whiteheads, debris and dirt, gently remove old dead skin cells. While vacuuming and cleansing the skin, the essence that is made with nourishing ingredients will be absorbed into the skin, which can accelerate cellular metabolism, restore the skin’s oil-water balance, resulting in a cleaner and healthy skin. In only 30 mins, hydrafacial treatment will cleanse, extract, and hydrate your skin in 3 steps. According to your skin condition, location and desired results, a unique plan can be tailored to your need.
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1. VISIA skin evaluation: Evaluate skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Tailored a suitable hydrafacial treatment plan based on client’s conditions and desired results.

3. Pre-treatment preparation: Remove makeup and cleanse the face.

4. Hydrafacial 3 steps: ①Cleanse+Peel ②Extract+ Exfoliate ③Nourish+Protect

5. Post-treatment care: QDEL phototherapy mask to nourish and repair the skin.

6. Post-treatment precautions.

Duration: 45-60 mins

Who is it for:

  • People with problems of blackheads, whiteheads or keratosis pilaris; Suitable for any skin type;
  • People who want to gently repair their skin barrier; Suitable for sensitive skin;
  • People who want to deeply cleanse their pores and thoroughly remove ketarin;
  • People who want to combine HydraFacial treatment with other treatments to improve their skin health;
Ai Beauty Hydrafacial:

A high-end skincare treatment that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. Providing a high flexibility on the types of treatment tips and the content of essence and a high compatibility with other skincare treatments (e.g. photoelectric, microneedling), regardless what skin conditions or desired results you have, hydrafacial can be tailored for everyone.

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B. Acid Peel

What is acid peel:

Acid peel is a skin resurfacing procedure involving application of acidic solution on the skin. The acidic solution dissolves the oil particles among cells on the outermost layer of the epidermis and promotes the removal of the outermost layer. It stimulates the renewal of skin cells, promotes the replacement of elastic fibers in the dermis, and maintains the healthy state of the skin. It also helps with skin whitening, removing acne marks, reducing pores size and fine lines, removing blackheads, and curing acne and chloasma.

How does acid peel work:

Acid peel/AHA peel solution can loosen the physical attachment among stratum corneum cells by dissolving the oil particles between their cellular gaps, which will peel off the excessively accumulated keratin, unblock the clogged hair follicles and prevent the development of clogging opening at hair follicles. In addition, it stimulates the regeneration ability of epidermal cells and promotes dermal collagen fiber proliferation and its structural rearrangement, which will help to effectively improve skin texture (especially chicken skin), minimise large pores (by inhibiting oil secretion) and brighten skin tone.


1. VISIA examination: Access skin condition or existing skin problems with assistance of data analysis and picture analysis.

2. Face-to-face consultation: Provide suitable acid peel treatment plan based on client’s needs and goals.

3. Pre-treatment: Clean and disinfect the treatment areas.

4. Treatment: Apply an acidic solution on the face, waiting 1-5 mins.

5. End of treatment: Apply a neutraliser solution on face to terminate the acidic reaction and peeling reaction to avoid over peeling.

6. Cleaning. Post-treatment care.

Duration: 45-60 mins

Who is it for:

  • People who have large pores and accumulation of keratin in their pores;
  • People with rough skin caused by keratosis pilaris;
  • People with very oily skin;
  • People with repeated problems of blackheads and whiteheads;
Ai Beauty Acid Peel:

The acidic solution used in the Ai Beauty for acid peel treatment is the Milk Peel solution developed by the leading skin rejuvenation French brand Dermaceutic. Their Milk Peel solution is a complex acid which appears clean and transparent. The acid concentration and content ingredients are clearly labelled. Ai Beauty is committed to sourcing guaranteed products and services to clients for safe and effective treatments.

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Improve keratosis pilaris,come to Ai Beauty Clinic,

for safe and professional medical treatment.

Ai Beauty Clinic is a CQC accredited clinic based in London, and also is strongly supported by Cynosure(the owner of Ulthreapy) and Cynosure (the owner of PicoSure).

With rich experience of treating clients of various conditions, led by a famous British medical chief trainer, practiced by doctors and nurses who are GMC/NMC-registered and worked in NHS national hospitals, Ai Beauty provides certified and safe medical beauty treatments.

Ai Beauty always puts safety first. Not only are all medical staff insured by independent medical policy, each client who comes to Ai Beauty Clinic is also insured by £5 millions medical insurance. This full insurance coverage allows clients to have a concern-free treatment experience.

Ai Beauty Clinic has served over 15,000 clients from all around the world, been covered by some famous media such as European Times and CW Television, and established trust and an excellent reputation among them.

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