Rough and bumpy skin, sometimes known as “chicken skin,” can occur at any age or stage of life. Rough skin and/or bumpy skin can be caused by dryness, a buildup of dead skin cells, or certain skin conditions such as eczema,1 psoriasis,diabetes,3 or keratosis pilaris ; the latter of which is caused when keratin blocks hair follicles. CeraVe’s head-to-toe products for rough and bumpy skin contain salicylic acid and lactic acid to help improve skin’s natural turnover and visibly smooth texture. Each face and body cleanser, body wash, lotion, and cream is formulated with three essential ceramides to restore and maintain your skin barrier, which helps lock in moisture and keep irritants out.

  • Both salicylic acid and lactic acid are gentle exfoliants that help treat rough patches of skin, albeit in slightly different ways. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that is derived from the bark of certain plants. It works by loosening the “glue” that holds the skin cells on the top layer together. By helping your skin shed dead skin cells faster, newer, healthier-looking skin is revealed, leaving it feeling softer and smoother.


    Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that’s a natural byproduct of plant and dairy fermentation. It is known to help loosen the bonds that hold dead skin cells together to leave your skin softer, smoother, and with enhanced overall texture.5 But lactic acid has another trick up its sleeve. Since it’s part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor, or NMF, it helps keep your skin hydrated as well.6

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