Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a skin condition that causes small bumps on the surface of your skin. These bumps are dead skin cells and may be related to genetic factors. KP bumps are purely aesthetic (not harmful to your health). Some products are targeted specifically for those with “Rough and Bumpy Skin.” The two most popular ones I’ve seen are CeraVe and Gold Bond. This post will compare three products: one from Gold Bond and two from CeraVe.
Product 1: Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin ingredients
water, gluconolactone, hydroxyethyl urea, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, cetyl alcohol, ammonium lactate, petrolatum, potassium hydroxide, propanediol, salicylic acid, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, steareth-21, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, jojoba esters, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylyl methicone, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, ppg-3 benzyl ether myristate, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, panthenol, bisabolol, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate, stearamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, hydroxyethylcellulose
Product 2: CeraVe SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin ingredients
purified water, glycerin, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, mineral oil, glyceryl stearate se, ammonium lactate, salicylic acid, triethanolamine, cetyl alcohol, niacinamide, peg-100 stearate, cholecalciferol (vitamin d3 in corn oil), ceramide 3, ceramide 6-ii, ceramide 1, cholesterol, phytosphingosine, hyaluronic acid, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, methylparaben, edetate disodium, propylparaben, sodium lauroyl lactylate, carbomer, xanthan gum
Product 3: CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough & Bumpy Skin ingredients
purified water, glycerin, mineral oil, ammonium lactate, salicylic acid, trolamine, glyceryl stearate se, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, peg-100 stearate, cetyl alcohol, cholecalciferol (vitamin d3 in corn oil), ceramide 3, ceramide 6-ii, ceramide 1, cholesterol, phytosphingosine, dimethicone 360, methylparaben, disodium edta, propylparaben, hyaluronic acid, sodium lauroyl lactylate, carbomer, xanthan gum
Treating keratosis pilaris (“rough & bumpy” skin)
All three of these products include the two key ingredients that are commonly used to treat keratosis pilaris: salicylic acid and lactic acid (in the form of ammonium lactate).
This Dermatology Research and Practice study compared the effectiveness of a 10% lactic acid cream and 5% salicylic acid cream in treating keratosis pilaris. It found that both products were effective when applied twice every day, with a lactic acid being a bit more effective than salicylic acid.
Gold Bond also lists gluconolactone as the second ingredient. Gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that could help protect against UV damage.
My Dad the Chemist’s review of Gold Bond vs. CeraVe Rough & Bumpy Skin products
Dear Emily, base on the functioning ingredients of these formulas, I like Product 2 the most, followed by Product 3, and Product 1 is the one doesn’t look appealing to me if I have tough and bumpy skin.
For the "Rough and Bumpy" skin, 3 ceramide should work effectively, they hold skin cells together in the top layer of skin, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture, smoothen skin.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) improves the skin appearance furthermore.
My dad liked the CeraVe SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin, followed by the CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough & Bumpy Skin. He liked the Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin the least because it didn’t contain any ceramides to help protect the outermost layer of the skin. He thinks that ceramides (in the CeraVe products) and niacinamide (an ingredient that’s included in the CeraVe SA Cream but not in the CeraVe SA Lotion) can help smoothen and improve the appearance of the skin as well. That’s why he likes CeraVe SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin the best out of the three products mentioned.
He may be onto something. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you can treat keratosis pilaris by treating it like dry skin; moisturizing can help reduce the appearance of keratosis pilaris. So you should use products that contain ingredients that help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier, like ceramides. Both CeraVe products include three ceramides: ceramide 1 (ceramide EOP), ceramide 3 (ceramide NP), and ceramide 6-ii (ceramide AP). They also contain hyaluronic acid, which can also provide further moisturizing benefits to the skin.
If you have rough and bumpy skin, CeraVe SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin is a fine product to try. But if you can’t find it, anything that contains a mix of lactic acid (or ammonium lactate), salicylic acid, and moisturizing ingredients should also be effective.