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 dominant, genetic 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 thighs, hands, and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne. 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:
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.