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Thursday, November 26

HOW I MANAGE KP/CHICKEN SKIN

 


Hi, Y'all! So I've been wanting to do this post for a long time! As someone who dealt with Keratosis Pilaris from my preteen years and is still dealing with it at 30. Dealing with it has been a learning curve and I never wore skirts or shorts or dresses without leggings because I was so embarrassed about my legs and upper arms. But now I'm cool with it and I am confident enough to even show a recent picture of my upper arms during a flare for yall to see.
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This picture was actually three weeks ago when I had a situation with my luggage and I had stopped using my AmLactin for almost a week so the bumps resumed.


WHAT IS KERATOSIS PILARIS?
Keratosis Pilaris or KP is basically tiny dry bumps or pimples that look like goosebumps on the hair follicles, depending on the skin color, they can be pink or hyperpigmented and dark or the same tone as the skin. As you can see, mine are hyperpigmented which usually occurs in those darker skin tones.

KP is caused by Keratin plugging the hair follicles, leading to rough bumpy skin. And is usually seen on the cheeks, back of arms, buttocks, and legs. 

For me, I have it on the back of my upper arms to my forearms just around my elbow and from my ankles all the way up. It's manageable in the summer and worse during winter. I have dry itchy skin and combined with KP it is like hell. I also noticed during stressful times it's worse, but that is due to my habits (skipping the steps of moisturizing my skin daily and lack of patience). 


I don't want to get too much into the Science of Keratosis Pilaris because I am not a Dermatologist or Esthetician, I am just talking about my personal experience and how I manage it. 


First of all, No shaving or waxingI remember when I first started shaving my legs as a preteen, every bump will bleed. I had so many cuts It just made it so much worse. I resorted to using Depilatories like Nair, but only the sensitive one (Nair Sensitive Formula Shower Power with Coconut oil and vitamin E) as the others just make it worse. I do plan to get laser hair removal in the future.

Exfoliating. This has to be done gently, sugar scrubs and harsh scrubbing can worsen the KP so I only use the same rule as my face. Chemical exfoliants with AHA/BHAs: A keratolytic lotion, body wash is ideal. I use this Solimo Clarifying Pink Grapefruit Body Wash from Amazon, because it's cheap, and it doesn't dry out my skin. It is a dupe of the Neutrogena Grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash, Target has an alternative as well (Up & Up Grapefruit Body Wash).

After showering, it's best to apply lotion within 5 minutes while your body is still damp. However, when I need to reapply during the day I can't go run my skin under the shower again so I use a soothing gel (Farm Stay Tomoato Moisturize and Soothing Gel) to hydrate my skin before reapplying my moisturizer (another great alternative is aloe vera gel). 


Keratolytics. Using body lotions with Glycolic acid, Lactic Acid, Urea, Salicylic Acid, Retinoids are great for diminishing the bumps. AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body lotion has been my ride-or-die since my teen years. It works and I love it. I apply it first, straight out of the shower while my skin is damp then I move on to my other lotions.

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Layering Lotions. So even though my AmLactin contains glycerin and mineral oil, It doesn't moisturize my skin very well so I layer on lotions depending on the weather. the Avena Collagen Regeneration Cream/Avena Collagen Regeneration Lotion is one of my favorites. It feels cooling to my skin and moisturizes it when it's dry and thirsty. It can easily be found at Walmart or Amazon.


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Sealing the moisture, Relieving the itch & Treating the hyperpigmentation. Because my skin is so dry and itchy, sealing the moisture is essential, so I use CurĂ©l Dry Skin Therapy Hydra Silk Itch Defense Moisturizer then I seal with oil or shea butter. I have been loving this moisturizer this winter as it immediately calms my skin down when it itches and it isn't too heavy on the skin. It also has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance: A seal for skincare products that are intended for those that have eczema or really sensitive skin.

I first heard about Deciem The Chemistry Brand Retin-Oil from LABeautyolgist when she talks about KP management and I bought it and I have been in love ever since. It reminds me of Bio-oil, and it a nice sealing oil that benefits in a long way and helps with the hyperpigmentation. Another product I use for hyperpigmentation is Kojic acid soap by Kojie san

And lastly, most keratolytics would make your skin sensitive to the sun so please do not forget to use sunscreen. Read more about the sunscreens I use here.

That's it for my body routine. Except for the AmLactin and Retin-oil, I try to use affordable products because this is a chronic condition and some specialty KP products can run some dollars and can be really expensive. 

Sources: AAD.org, Medscape.org, Mayo Clinic, and Derm.net NZ

Thanks for reading!!
Ore :)


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