Since my teenage years I have suffered from Keratosis Pilaris, which is often referred to as ‘KP’ or ‘chicken skin.’ It is a genetic skin condition characterized by rough red bumps on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks or cheeks. After years of avoiding wearing clothing that would expose my upper arms, I consulted a dermatologist. What I learned is that there is no way to prevent or even cure KP that the symptoms can only be managed. Not exactly what someone wants to hear. I was only further disappointed when the regime and products did not help. I wanted to share what products I have tried and what worked to clear up my skin.
My dermatologist recommended Amalactin to treat my KP, which I used for over 7 months. The pros are it is inexpensive, is sold at most drugstore retailers and eliminated some redness. However, it did not improve or reduce the bumps or rough texture. Although my skin tone improved the rough skin did not improve.
I then decided to try Gold Bond Rough and Bumpy. The cream is reasonably priced and readily available at most stores. The consistency is thick and creamy and leaves a greasy residue. The smell is less than appealing and it ended up making my KP worse than before use.
At this point I was discouraged and ready to try anything. I read countless articles on KP and came across a blog that recommended Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA. I was weary of spending $25 on a bottle of lotion, but wanted to give it a try. The blog also recommended shaving your arms. While I was not thrilled with the idea of having to shave more limbs I was determined to “cure” my KP. I saw visible results within 2 weeks, my skin tone was even and less bumpy. After 3 months the skin on my arms were silky smooth to the touch. It was a miracle!
Here is what I do: I apply the cream on both arms in the morning and evening from my shoulder to elbow and massage it in. (In the winter I use more of the lotion because my skin is dry). Once a month I shave my arms because that did really improve the softness of my skin.
I hope this helps anyone who has been embarrassed to wear cute sleeveless tops and dresses like I was. There is a cure for KP!