Post # 1
Tell me your skin secrets, women. I need to know.
My arms are so red from Keratosis Pilaris, I cannot stand it — talk about self concious!
For those of you who suffer from the same thing, do you have any tips/tricks you’d like to share?
I’ll tell you a few of mine.
1. Coconut Oil.. just started using it, haven’t been able to tell a huge difference.
2. KP from Sephora, too thick and didn’t notice very much, it’s been awhile though!
3. Lots of exfoliating with gentle exfoliators.
4. Surprisingly, the sun and tanning REALLY do help. Tell me if you’ve had the same reaction.
Okay, its your turn. Tell me your KP secrets!
Post # 3
Growing up I had the stupid little red bumps on me cheeks, back of my upper arms, and my thighs. Now I’ve figured out a pretty good formula to keep them away. I still get them on my thighs but they are pretty much gone from my face. I find that exfoliating every day and using a good thick body lotion really helps. I have dry skin so I use DDF Moisturizing Dew every day on my face and it’s really helped. I find that getting some sun helps as well, as my bumps usually aren’t as bad in the summertime.
Post # 4
For a short-term cure, apparently you can get a prescription cream called Diprosalic which contains a corticosteroid (to help with the redness) and salicylic acid (to help with the bumps). I used a corticosteroid cream and Lac-Hydrin for the week of my wedding and it did help enough that I could wear a strapless dress! It’s not good to use corticosteroids long term, but I think it’s okay for wedding purposes 🙂
Post # 5
I have it on my arms and thighs.
Believe it or not, I use a rougher exfoliant one time a week (I use this scrub that I buy at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tree-Hut-Coconut-Lime-Shea-Sugar-Butter-Scrub-18-oz/10849796 ) and I make sure that I use a loofah when I use body wash in the shower between exfoliations. It really does wonders for the condition of my skin. After exfoliating I use the St. Ives Naturally smoothing oatmeal and shea butter lotion because it mosturizes without irritating my skin.
I agree that tanning makes it MUCH better and I plan to be a beautiful golden bronze on my wedding day, but it doesn’t make the redness go away completely. I think I may have my arms airbrushed along with my makeup on the day…not sure yet.
Post # 6
I have it, but mine is usually not that red. I just use a moisturizing lotion and that seems to help. I also have hydradenitis supprativa
and there’s nothing that can be done about it. It’s made me afraid of dress shopping.
Post # 7
I don’t know if there is anything scientific to this, but I use an almond oil body wash that I’ve noticed soothes the redness on my arms! It’s from L’Occitane.
Post # 8
@Isabelle663: DDF Moisturizing Dew? I’ll be looking into that for sure!
Post # 9
@SouthernGirl: I went yesterday, and although I tanned, they were red as ever. I bought a dress, and you know what, I paid no attention to my arms then, but I’m looking at them now! I was too in love with my gown to even care.
Post # 10
@awakeanddreaming: so helpful! thank you!
Post # 11
Try Akerat from Avene, it works amazing for keratosis pilaris and for dry skin in general.
Post # 12
@krisashpete: Yes it’s not specifically for KP, it’s just a face lotion but it’s sooo light and won’t make you break out (I have very dry skin along with KP) so I use it every day after exfoliation. I love it much better than other moisturizers I’ve tried. And they have a version with SPF. You can get it at Sephora and probably Ulta as well
Post # 13
I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. I really like Amlactin lotion. You can get it at the drug store. Also, Oil of Olay body lotion works well, as does any type of body oil.
I figured out that it’s not the sun that improves my skin in the summer, it’s the extremely oily sun products I use! Tanning in a tanning bed is AWFUL for your skin. Don’t do it!
Also, using a sugar scrub with sugar and oil works very well!
Post # 14
love all the suggestions, thank you ladies! 🙂
Post # 15
I have KP on my arms and legs. I exfoliate in the shower and then use almond oil afterward and before drying off. I rub it the oil in and then wipe off the extra after a few minutes. I do this everyday.
Thankfully, my wedding is in October so I will be wearing a bolero or shrug to cover my arms. My dress is long and since it will be colder out I plan on wearing panty hose or tights under my dress.
Good luck to all the brides with KP!
Post # 16
I have KP on my upper arms that is noticeable. The KP on my cheeks has subsided as I got older, so it isn’t a concern for me anymore. I like this thread because I would love to try some new methods to make my arms less inflamed.
Right now all i use is Amlactin XL. The XL version of this lotion is extremely thick and doesn’t smell the greatest. But I put it on at night (when I remember) and not during the day. My dermatologist recommended this non-prescription lotion. The best way to make it work is to use it every day and it will take a bit of time before the inflammation goes away.
My biggest problem is that I don’t put it on every day. Oops. But it definitely works!