(Closed) Keratosis Brides

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have this urea-based cream prescribed to me by my dermatologist – but even as she was prescribing it she said it may not work! It does help with the redness but the bumps are still there and slightly red. Also, It turns your skin white so you can’t really use it if you are wearing short sleeves.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I also have the urea cream as prescribed by my dermatologist. The kind I have is called Umecta and it’s really inexpensive. I’ve only used it once or twice, but I noticed a difference immediately and I plan to use it for my wedding. I can’t remember if my bumps were totally gone, but it was enough of a change to be worth using. I didn’t notice my skin turning white as ES123 said, but then again I didn’t use it much. I would recommend going to your dermatologist and trying whatever (s)he says…just make sure to try it out before the big day.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Private Garden/The Bungalow Club

I’ve tried several creams… retinol-based creams, which only dry me out and bleach all my clothing and sheets, eucerin and amlactin stuff which I don’t care for, KP Duty which is supposed to help but its just greasy and weird, and more.  I find the best thing is exposure to sunlight, periodic exfoliation and good moisturizer.  But I’m open to suggestions!  Good thread!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am using Amlactin right now.  When I first applied it, I thought I noticed a difference, but the backs of my arms are still covered in purple/reddish bumps.  I don’t know if you have to use the cream for a long time to see results, or maybe I should be applying it twice a day instead of once a day, as the bottle suggests.  I was going to try out KP Duty, but after reading Meatball’s comment, maybe I won’t.  The only thing that seems to help is tanning, but I wish there was a safer solution 🙁

Post # 8
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Newbee

I get that too and will probably go to the dermatologist and ask about the urea cream as well, helpful thread!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

The Umecta doesn’t actually change the color of your skin – it just leaves kind of a chalky residue on me that does not look good if you are wearing short sleeves! It works well, but I found you have to use it very consistently (twice a day, every day) to get results.

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I wanted to chime in and give a couple thoughts. The KP Duty stuff didn’t work for me. Like meatball, I found it to be greasy and actually further plugged up my skin= made it worse!

I haven’t been to a dermatologist re: KP in years. I found everything they gave me to be expensive and ineffective. (But perhaps there have been some advances since I last visited the derm?)

You may want to try meatball’s suggested cocoa butter lotion. I’ve found it does help to exfoliate with a loofa and a mild body wash (no scrubbing or picking!) while in the shower. It seems like depending on your skin type and tolerance, the effectiveness of lotions varies greatly. I use Curel Intensive Ultra Healing lotion from the drug store which has proven to help me but also to be way too thick for some people.  Wish I could be more help re: a lotion. This is a great thread! I’m open to suggestions as well!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Believe it or not, I found a cure for my KP completely by accident, and haven’t had a red bump in 2 years.  I have a lot of redness on my face, and had been using Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion every day on my face (with great results, btw).  One day, I had extra on my hands and for some crazy reason decided to slather the extra on the back of my right arm.  No idea why I did that, other than I was always trying new things to get the redness and bumps going away.  The next morning, I noticed that my right arm was significantly less red than my left and remembered that I had put some of the Eucerin on that side the day before.  I decided to try it on both arms, and each day it looked better and better.  No joke, in less than a week it was totally gone!!  I know it sounds wacky, but totally worked for me (and NOTHING from my derm has ever worked!)  I hope it works for someone else!  No prescription – you can buy it in any local drugstore (usually around $15, and the bottle lasts a few months).  A word of caution – the stuff is green so don’t use much.  Also, it has SPF 15, which is great for my face but once left me with a VERY strange sunburn everywhere except the backs of my arms

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I would really give AmLactin a try. I have used KP Duty (made things worse) and Eucerin Calming Redness Relief (gave me a rash of small bumps in all the places I used it which lasted for several days – and I don’t have sensitive skin), and I have used prescription Lactic Acid products. My KP went away for awhile but is back with a vengence, and I’m a picker. My derm prescribed a lactic acid cream that I had used in the past but my insurance didn’t cover it. I called her office, and she said AmLactin was the same strength – she merely prescribed the other based on my prior success and the fact that it would have been cheaper than AmLactin if covered by insurance.

 If nothing else, AmLactin will make your skin very soft…it can be used on feet, elbows, etc.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

Great post – I’ve had this for a long time but didn’t know the name. My dermatologist prescribed something when I was in high school that didn’t work so I gave up. Thanks for posting this and thanks for everyones feedback 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve tried KP duty, I thought it was working for awhile but it wasn’t, then I tried Eucerin calming and that didn’t work at all and now I’m trying AmLactin cream which doesn’t seem to be making a difference.  I try exfoliating with a scrub but I think I need to get a loofah.  If I don’t see any improvement by January I’m going to try a dermatologist too.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have three different prescriptions for my KP.  The first two, Umecta and Hydro Foam 40 are very similar in that they are both foam and leave a chalky residue.  They help – but they don’t make it go away ENTIRELY.  Third cream is Tazorac (I think some people use this for acne) but basically, it’s a regular cream, you put it on 3 times a week and it takes a layer of skin off.  First few times you won’t see anything but the third or fourth time, you see your skin flaking off.  Then it looks terrible for about a week or two because you have red spots where your skin is peeling and voila comes out the trapped hair follicles thus leaving you with "smooth" skin.  In between Tarzorac, I keep it moisturized with Johnson’s Green Tea lotion which is really good and none sticky.  I’m in the second phase of my KP treatment (I took a break from the flakiness)…and I’m hoping by June I’ll be smooth!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

OH – also I heard that exfoliating just irritates it more and doesn’t work.

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