Post # 1
Ok so I know I have keratosis, but until this point these ugly stupid bumps have remained on my upper arms. I hate them, but apparently science cannot figure out how to get rid of them…
NOW, in the past month or so, I have noticed an insane amount of bumps on my lower arms, so I look like a freaking, I dunno, bumpy armed monster! It’s so gross! I don’t want to be all lumpy and stuff when my wedding rolls around! WTF! I don’t even know if these new invading bastards are keratosis, they’re flesh colored and the keratosis bumps are pink.
Have any of you had any luck with particular cremes, lotions, miracle vitamins to alleviate this? HELP, HELP, HELP! 🙂
Post # 3
Maybe you should see a dermatologist? They would be the expert on this.
Also, can’t lasers remove some of the varieties of this disorder?
Post # 4
I have this too. My friend recently told me about something that worked for her, and it’s actually been working for me. My bumps aren’t completely gone, but my arms are smoother, less red, and definitely less bumpy. I got a body brush from Target for like $4 that looks like this:
I just put some mild, unscented body wash (this is what I use anyway) on it and scrub my arms for about 10 second a day. I also put some lotion on it afterwards. I’ve found that it works! I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and have only a little bit of bumpy arms.
Post # 5
Ugh I suffer from this too. The only thing that I’ve found that helps is lotion called AmLactin. You can get it at pretty much any pharmacy. It won’t take it away but my arms are much smoother when I use it!
Post # 6
I agree that you should see a dermatologist if it’s a big issue for you.
I have mild keratosis, and there are four things that help it tremendously. It’s taken me a long time to figure out, but this is what currently works for me:
1) Dry brushing. (Click to read about what the heck that is.) I bought my dry brush from Amazon for less than $10.
2) Exfolitating in the shower at least every other day, with special emphasis on my arms.
3) Using Dream Cream by Lush. Not cheap, but it lasts for a long time and is awesome.
4) Incorporating Udo’s Choice Oil into my diet – either just swallowing a spoonful plain, or pouring into a smoothie; I use this instead of fish oil to get healthy omega fats. Again, not cheap, but a little goes a long way (I usually ingest about 2 tsp/day, and I do skip some days). I find that when I’m not getting enough healthy fats in my diet, my skin gets drier and bumpier.
My keratosis is always worse when my seasonal allergies are acting up, so I do what I can to keep those at bay, too (using my neti pot twice a day is huge for me).
Of course, this is just what works for me. What works for you might be different! At least it’s a staring place, though.
Post # 7
I have it as well. Mine has gotten a lot worse over the last year. I’m going to see a dermatologist on the 26th.
Post # 8
Agghh I have keratosis on my upper arms. I have never tried anything to get rid of it because I heard nothing really works well. I’m considering asking the make up artist to airbrush my arms.
Post # 9
@greenidlady: Okay, I tried to attach a photo of my ugly keratosis. I’ll try again.
Post # 10
I have the same problem!! I was desperate, and tried dermadoctor. My arms look so much better, but I had to use all 3 steps.
Previously, I was being cheap and only tried the moisturizer, but it didn’t work alone. It is pricy, but worth the results. Let us know what you try.
Post # 11
@greenidlady: That is not so bad. I have eczema and a steroid cream clears it up when I get this. I’d go see your GP asap. I’d also get a strong exfoliation brush and scrub and follow it up with some cream (I used betnovate but you could try hydrocortisone or fucidin H if it looks more like a rash / infected).
Post # 12
Makeup. It sucks but hey, if it bothers you its an option and its just one day. Try to get rid of them though first. 🙂
Post # 13
Also, what about a light spray on tan?
Post # 14
I second the KP Duty scrub- between that and having a bit of a tan, my arms look almost completely normal! It’s expensive, but it really really works.
Post # 15
One of my besties just saw a homeopathic doctor and was told she was allergic to dairy and gluten. After one month of eliminating both, her keratosis was gone! Might be a good idea to get your allergies checked out? Obviously that’s more of a long term fix, but it could totally help!
Post # 16
Hi Ladies – I’m not a doc (yet) so this isn’t medical advice…however, I have learned in school that supplementation with Vitamin A can help with keratosis. Sometimes people are unable to utilize beta carotene in the foods they eat due to an enzyme deficiency so supplementation with a product like Cod Liver Oil can be beneficial. Definitely something to discuss with your physician 🙂
this is not medical advice!