What can I do about these lit­tle spots on my thighs?

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We get it. Once you’ve put in the leg­work to get that quad def­i­ni­tion and gone to the ef­fort of shav­ing your pins, that chick­en­skin rash is es­pe­cially irk­some. “It’s called ker­ato­sis pi­laris and it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally com­mon,” says con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Sharon Wong. “It’s caused when your hair fol­li­cles are plugged with dead skin or ker­atin.” Harm­less but not ideal. So, how can you lose it? “Try us­ing mois­turis­ers that con­tain urea, which breaks down the ker­atin and dead skin,” ad­vises Wong. Tempted to go hard on the of­fend­ing area with your most in­tense salt scrub? Think again. “Ex­fo­li­at­ing will help dis­lodge the clogged fol­li­cles, but rub too hard and you’ll make the skin more red and in­flamed,” she ex­plains. “Stick to one or two ses­sions a week with a loofah and a gly­colic acid or lac­tic acid wash, both of which can help to dis­solve any ex­cess dead skin.” All clear.

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