Paula’s Choice: Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris (or KP) is something I’ve mentioned a few times before in blog posts – it’s an absolute pain in the bum. Whilst is is totally harmless, it looks pretty awful and personally makes me really self conscious about my upper arms – so I’ve been hunting for a treatment or cure for years and I’m happy to have found something that works, so I want to share it with everyone!

Before I launch into talking about the product I thought it would help for me to include a bit of info about KP for those that might not be aware of what it is:

Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a common, autosomal dominantgenetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighshands, and tops of legsflanksbuttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet).[1] Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.[2] Keratosis pilaris is completely harmless; however the condition can contribute to or exacerbate depression and anxiety. (Source: Wikipedia)

Keratosis pilaris is recognised by little red bumps on the upper arm area that looks a bit like the below:

Souce: Wikipedia

 I’m no dermatologist or doctor, but basically KP is where the follicles become blocked and cause inflamed bumps. So the best way to treat is to use products that gently exfoliate, helping to shift dead skin and keep the pores clear. Physical exfoliation isn’t ideal as it can irritate and inflame KP.

So onto the products that have been working for me.

Both are from Paula’s Choice, and they are the ‘Weightless Body Treatment’ and ‘Skin Revealing Body Lotion’. The Weightless Body Treatment contains 2% beta hydroxy acid and the Skin Revealing Lotion contains 10% alpha hydroxy acid.

I always like to pick a favourite when I talk about multiple products but I really can’t pick between the two. The Skin Revealing Lotion is the product that feels a little more ‘extreme’ than the Weightless Body Treatment – you can feel a tingle when you apply this (warning: don’t apply to freshly shaven legs, ouch!) but the tingle really feels like it’s really doing something.
The Weightless Body Treatment on the other hand smells delicious, so is probably my favourite day to day, but overall I love the combination of the two. I basically alternate them so I use both on a regular basis. To maintain my arms being KP-free. It took a couple of weeks to see proper results, but since I’ve been using these both regularly I have noticed my upper arms feel smooth, with pretty much zero bumps.
I do think that some physical exfoliation is helpful for treating/managing KP but don’t go overboard – you will know your skin well enough to know if you’re overdoing it! I highly recommend both of these products but expect that just one of them alone would really help, plus they really last if you’re only using them to treat a specific area.

PR samples.


  1. meaw
    November 2, 2011 / 11:40 am

    Thank you!!! I exfoliate my arms with normal body scrubs but nothing seems to be working. Will definatley be trying these out. Thanks xxx

  2. Victoria
    November 2, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    I like the sound of this as I have been suffering with KP for years and although I use a daily scrub which makes it slightly better, it is still fairly visible on the tops of my arms. And I’ve just had a look on their website and they have 15% off. Off to purchase now!

  3. November 2, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    I used to have this for years! It was such a pain, as you say, no symptoms, but a little unsightly.

    Mine seems to have gone (touch wood)…..may be down to exfoliating….or perhaps I grew out of it…?

  4. Meeta
    November 2, 2011 / 9:54 pm

    Thanks for this review, going to make a note of these!

  5. Anonymous
    November 3, 2011 / 3:07 am

    I have KP as well, and I’ve also had great success with these lotions. I’ve also found that using body wash instead of bar soap helps a lot. The stuff that makes a bar soap solid can contribute to clogged pores. I also found that the KP on my legs improved a lot after my workplace did away with the pantyhose rule (hooray)!

  6. laura neville
    November 3, 2011 / 4:04 am

    I have been using Paula’s Weightless Body Cream and found the same result!! It is a great product-AND I have another unusual result-decrease in seborrheic keratoses!

  7. Krista B.
    November 3, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    does KP itch as well? I’ve been having itchy redness for about a year or so. my dermatologist says it’s dermatographism but I’m not convinced…wondering if it could be this.

  8. Annie
    November 3, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    I can’t believe this post may have identified what I’ve had on my arms my whole life. Thought it was just me! Amazing thank you.

  9. sweetest_potato
    November 4, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    I have KP quite badly on the tops of my arms and I will definitely check these out when I get a bit more money. Or maybe I’ll put them on my christmas list! Thanks so much!

  10. Emma
    November 7, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    Oooh funnily enough I’ve just bought the weightless body treatment. Does it do away with the red dots, as well as the roughness? I tend to exfoiliate mine regularly so they’re smooth, but I still get the dots.

  11. Anonymous
    November 13, 2011 / 12:24 am

    Which of the two products would you say is most effective? I can’t quite justify the expense of both right now but I’ve been trying to get rid of my KP for ages and this line sounds fantastic.

  12. November 23, 2011 / 8:12 am

    Thank you for this Jen! I’ve been looking for a good non-mechanical exfoliant that wouldn’t break the bank, since you need to keep up a routine to prevent the KP coming back. This sounds great. x

  13. March 28, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Nice post, fair play.. I have Kerastosis Pilaris, so I find your post very useful. I really like the layout of your blog too btw.. It looks great.

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