Keratosis Pilaris is a common genetic condition of the skin that results in tiny little red or brown bumps covering an area of the body, most commonly the back of the arms, and tops of the legs and buttocks. These bumps occur when Keratin, a natural protien of the skin, builds up to form a hard plug and blocks the pore. There has been no confirmed cause other than genetics, but the main consenses is that the condition has something to do with a deficiency in vitamin A,Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium.
There is no cure for KP, so the only option is to treat the symptoms.
Start from the inside out and be sure to add at a least a mulitviatim to your diet.
Lotions containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids and most importantly Lactic Acid, can help to exfoliate and remove the bumps, while hydrating and moisturizing the dry rough skin.
Costs about $13.99-$16.99 in drug stores, 12% Lactic Acid, and dermatologist recommended.
This lotion is great cause it works. My skin the next day feels very soft and smooth and any inflammed bumps seem calmed. The bottle claims the product to be non greasy, however when I put it on, it rubbed in like an expensive sun screan, leaving white streaks. You really need to work and heat the product to get it all rubbed in, but once it is it's not as sticky as expected. I was able to put it on right before bed and not go crazy sticking to the sheets.
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Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream
This is the most amazing lotion I have ever used, packed with Lactic Acid and natural hydroxy acids from Sugar Cane and Apple. I would reccomend this not just for KP, but as an every day lotion for everyone. The smell is very citrus and fresh, and the texture feels more like a thick serum than a cream. Every time I put this on I notice a difference in my skin that day. I can't tell you how many times people have commented that I have the softest skin they have every felt and it's all from using this lotion!!!
The only down side is that it's expensive, about $29 to $49 online (completely worth it), not as easy to find in stores, and you have to pat it into clean skin only. If you try to rub it on, it will start to "ball up" all the dead skin.
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