Who even knows what this is?! I know I did know the actual name of this skin condition until I was an adult. For my entire life I always had rough bumpy skin on my upper arms, upper legs and my cheeks. It’s nick named “chicken skin” but it’s actual name is Keratosis Polaris. This is when your body makes an over production of Keratin and it clogs your hair follicles. It occurs mostly in those under 30 and is supposed to subside in your 30’s but for me it got worse.
As a kid I was extremely self conscious of this and always wanted to sit in the back of the class so no one could see the back of my arms. I didn’t want to wear shorts and would constantly pick at the bumps and pour on lotion and sticky vitamin E hoping it would go away. As an adult it has mostly faded from my legs only leaving scattered bumps under the surface that really aren’t visible . They have completely faded from my cheeks. But they are worse than ever on my arms. It’s really hard on my self esteem. It wasn’t until I was 22 that I visited my first Dermatologist in hopes of finding a cure. My dreams of smooth skin would soon be dashed as I came to realize that it is genetic and there is no cure as of yet. My life since has been trial and error of different products that claim to help. I have asked different dermatologists what I should use and almost always get a different response. Some claim they have an in-house product while others refer out. Here are the products I have used and my experience along with a few tips and natural remedies. My search isn’t over so expect to see more blog posts on this subject along the way.
The first is this body wash recommended by my derm. It is $15 but so far I haven’t seen any different results. According to her, you aren’t supposed to exfoliate like normal and are only to use gentle products. I have been using this for 2 months now and probably wont continue if things don’t get better. I will say that it is recommended to use a body wash containing glytone.
The next is this AmLactin lotion that’s priced at $12. I have been using it for 2 months and feel like my skin is dryer than ever! Though Amlactin is helpful in preventing the bumps, this lotion isn’t doing the trick for me.
I found this lotion to be a little more helpful. It is very gentle and moisturizing on the skin and has no scent. The salicylic acid is the main helper in this which has worked for me in the past.
If you’re more of a natural path then here is a great recipe for you. Mix shea butter, a little jojoba oil and this Myrrh essential oil that honestly works wonders for me. Myrrh has been used for centuries and has many skin healing properties. If you believe in Jesus then you would know that it was one of the gifts given to him by the 3 wise men. The smell is something to get used to but it’s a great natural remedy to help reduce the appearance of KP.
Lastly I have yet to try this but I hear Differin Gel great. I haven’t taken the plunge yet because I hear it can be very harsh on the skin. I already have sensitive skin so I’m not sure how to approach this strong product.
I know that being in the sun too much isn’t healthy, but I do notice that my KP disappears with the more sun I get. It also get’s worse in the winter months when the air gets cold and dry. These are just some options for you to try that I have already done the leg work on. Do you experience these bums as well? What do you do? I will be out there continuing to explore options for KP and sharing them on my blog. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
~ Love Felicia