Saturday, 28 May 2011

Coping with Keratosis Pilaris

I mentioned in my Nair Silky Sensations post I suffered from Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I had a few questions about products I'd recommend to deal with it. As an inherited skin condition, frustratingly there is no cure, but there are palliative treatments which can calm the condition.

I've found the best solution to treat KP is to kill it with kindness. With plenty of TLC, I've found the condition can be managed and exfoliation and hydration are key to lessening the appearance of inflamed bumps.






Body Brush
Body Brushing has been a saviour for me when it comes to KP. With daily use, dry body brushing gently exfoliates and improves circulation. If you persevere, body brushing miraculously transforms rough bumps and ingrown hairs into soft, smooth, beautiful skin. I use a body brush from The Body Shop which I bought years ago, they seem to last forever!

Exfoliate
For use in the bath or shower, The Sanctuary Salt Scrub (£10.20) gives a double whammy of love and care to your skin. The salt ever so gently removes dead skin cells and resurfaces the texture of the skin, whilst almond, coconut and jojoba oil leaves a protective moisture barrier. Skin is intensely hydrated whilst dry skin and rough bumps are kept at bay.

Moisturise
For a luxurious treat after your shower, Lush Dream Cream (£10.25) is the ultimate antidote to KP (and apparently amazing for eczema too.) Lavender, chamomile and rose calm skin irritations whilst cocoa butter, olive oil and oat milk soften dry skin. Containing an abundance of essential oils and tea tree (a mild antiseptic), Lush Dream Cream is literally a dream cream for those suffering with KP.

Hair Removal Cream
I've only recently discovered cream is the best way to remove hair for those with KP on their legs. Shaving aggravates the bumps and can be painful, whilst waxing is notorious for causing ingrown hairs - the last thing you want when you have keratosis pilaris! Cream is gentle on the skin and results in the smoothest finish.

For other treatments for KP, keep a lookout for products containing Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Urea and Vitamin A.

33 comments:

  1. Finally someone else who understands!
    Its a complete pain and I hate wearing sleeveless tops :(
    Thanks for the post, really helpful xxx

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  2. Hear,hear.
    It's a pain trying to camouflage it in the summer.Might have to give dream cream a go.

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  3. Wow, very useful tips. I'll definitely give those products a try.
    I'm a bit confused about the shaving part, though. Do you have KP on your legs as well? Or do you shave your arms?

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  4. @Jolien - Yes, I have it on my thighs :( so shaving referred to legs not arms!

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  5. I have that exact body brush and the Dream Cream - most amazing thing in the world! Totally transformed my skin, cannot live without it now! Thanks for sharing! x

    www.jessicabeautician.com

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  6. Wow. 'That weird thing' I have on my arms and legs has a name and I'm not alone?! Seriously never knew any of this. Thanks so much for sharing all this. I need to get myself a body brush. I just thought I'd have to have bumpy thighs and arms forever!

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  7. I have KP in a very mild form and find the Soap & Glory exfoliator in a tube works wonders. Leaves the backs of my arms so smooth.

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  8. I have been using coconut oil after exfoliation and the bumps have miraculously disappeared. I will never stop using it for fear of them returning.

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  9. im definatly going out to buy them things so i can try they are soo annoying hate wearing shorts and sleevles tops cuz of them x

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  10. Dream cream will be bought tomorrow! It gets me down so much!

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  11. I have it on my arms and find it impossible to not pick lol xx

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  12. dream cream is amazing! xx

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  13. I'm so glad I stumbled across this post, I'll be trying out the method you suggested! I'm really eager to give dream cream a try too! x

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  14. I love dream cream!!!

    Following you :) Please, follow back? :)

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  15. Like Lindsay, after doing much research i've been using Coconut oil.. It's a solid, but once you touch it your body heat causes it to melt into a oil..

    I've used it twice, once just applied to my legs and then i've put my pj bottoms on (dry legs) and the other time to damp skin just after getting out of the shower.. It's truly amazing! After just using twice the difference is AMAZING I really can't believe it.. I'd definately recommend you try it Amy, it leaves your skin so soft and hydrated and the bumps massively reduced. xx

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  16. hey there!!
    what a cute,lovely and nice blog!!!!!
    follooooooowyou!! ;)
    http://www.thefourthcornerofstephanie.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  17. Lush's Dream Cream is good for eczema eh? I might have to give it a go then! ~#Waits for payday#~

    Rhiannon xo

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  19. Great tip! I love Sanctuary products!
    Lola x
    http://lola-x.blogspot.com

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  20. that lush lotion seems amazing! i don't have this, but this is still helpful for bumps on my skin! thanks :)

    thelibertybelleblog.blogspot.com

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  21. Love your blog!xx

    http://lashdance.blogspot.com/

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  22. Thanks for the tip, I've never bought anything from Lush (shocking!) but I think I'm going to give Dream Cream a go! It never occurred to me that Immac or whatever it's called now would be better than shaving!

    Great post.

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  23. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I was just named Maid of Honor for my cousin's wedding and am now particularly motivated to rid myself of the KP on my arms. I'll be getting myself a pot of Dream Cream ASAP. I love Lush and hope this answers my prayers!

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  24. Thank you so much for posting this. I suffer from this as well, and it is nice to finally see this pop on a beauty blog. All of the recommendations are great, and am really excited to do this. Thanks again!!!!!! :)

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  25. I didn't know kp was so common. I use to hate wearing shorts in the summertime because people would ask about the bumps on my legs or tell me I need to shave, but now I don't too much care what anyone has to say, I embrace my kp lol.

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  26. I did a post a while ago about how to get rid of 'arm bumps' and mentioned in it that more serious 'bumps' are this condition, good to see another blogger who has talked about it :)

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  27. Anonymous12 July, 2012

    I've been looking for a keratosis pilaris treatment for the longest time now and this post seems like the way to go!

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  28. Anonymous13 July, 2012

    Lush Dream Cream is now discontinued, what would you suggest instead Amy?

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  29. I have been fed up with my skin for years! Just today -- I finally discovered what's wrong with it, KP. I've tried every which way to figure out how to take care of it & nothing ever works. Crossing my fingers that your suggestions do the trick! Best blog I've read since discovering what KP is & how to address it. Thanks!! (and further luck to your skin too)

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  30. You can try using aloe, tea tree and witch hazel to help control your kp

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