Tired of that bumpy and dry skin on the back of your arms?

28 Nov


The truth about Keratosis Pilaris and how you can finally be free from those unsightly bumps on the back of your arms or legs.

If you have from little red bumps, or itchy skin on the backs of your arms, thighs, or backside you may suffer from Keratosis Pilaris. In this condition not only does the skin suffer, but so can your self-esteem. Many people who suffer from this condition try to hide their bumps with makeup, self-tanners, or clothing. But fear not, KP is just a minor skin disorder and relatively manageable and you are not alone. Nearly 70% of all adolescents and 40% of adults have the same thing you do. The key to healing this disorder is to know how to manage it.

Most people affected by KP also have some type of seasonal allergy, or allergies in general. This means that certain times of the year you might notice an increase in the amount of bumps you feel. By taking measures to not use bar soap, or any types of soap that is too drying on the skin will greatly improve the chance that these bumps will stay away. Once the bumps occur, it’s completely normal to try to scrub them off with your washcloth, loofah, or anything that feels like it’s scratching the itch for you. However, treat it like you would a rash, and rubbing it will just make it worse. Treat the itch with creams, cool water, and liquid soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. This is a great, inexpensive product that can calm the bumps without adding to the irritation.

So what about lotions or creams? In my practice as an Esthetician, this is a common ailment that I see involving the skin. So many of my clients are at their wits end when it comes to creams, because there are so many out there that claim to treat this disorder, but fall short in the performance department. The one treatment cream that I recommend to nearly all of my clients, and that I use myself, is Body Therapy by PCA Skin. This lotion can run a little pricey ($30 for a 7 ounce bottle) but it’s highly effective, and in a timely manner. PCA skin is result oriented and they have a great customer service department, not to mention Jennifer Linder is the owner of the company. Her resume alone as a successful dermatologist made me a believer. The reason this product works is the extensive research behind it, plus the combination of ingredients mixed with a silky, luxurious cream. The main ingredient is 12% lactic acid. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid naturally found in milk and apples, and increases the skin’s natural moisturizing factor, reduces buildup from the cells, decreases bacteria on the skin, and has a naturally lightening effect. This means, if you are prone to scarring, you essentially have a gentle skin lightening treatment while moisturizing your skin.

There are other alternatives to PCA skin Body Therapy. AMLAC 12% lotion is another alternative and often recommended by Dermatologists. One brand in particular is Amlactin. The main ingredient in this lotion is alpha hydroxy acid. It can be found over the counter at your local drugstore and for about half the cost of the body treatment from PCA skin. The only concern with this product is that it does contain parabens which have their own controversy surrounding them. The main issue with parabens is they can often mimic the hormone estrogen, which is a known link to breast cancer. Before you invest in any type of skincare line, it is very important to research your products and try to become an informed consumer. Using this knowledge will not only help cure the issues you may be having, but will make you feel better about the products you are putting on your skin. This not only gives you the peace of mind to look beautiful, but the resources and ingredients to assist in perfecting your outward beauty.





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