The ultimate solution for Keratosis Pilaris

August 30, 2019

Everyone, dreams of silky smooth legs. Those legs that glisten in the sunlight and make you feel like you’re in a Dior Advert.  You know, the one where Charlize Theron says J’dore…Dior. Have you SEEN those legs though!? I mean c’ mon tell me I’m not the only one who wants those legs? Unfortunately, I’m one of the mere mortals that have been blessed with Keratosis pilaris or Chicken skin. My legs look like a plucked chicken basically. Poor chicken and Poor me…sorry for the visuals vegetarians and vegans.

Keratosis pilaris



Keratosis Pilaris or KP for short is a very common skin condition where the skin is rough and appears to have lots of bumps/pimples. These bumps are dead skin cells plugging the hair follicles and causing inflammation. Also, another cause for it could be the buildup of the protein keratin in the hair follicles.

Now I must admit, my KP is not severe by any means. It’s largely on my legs, thighs and very slightly on my arm. However, for the sake of my vanity, I delved into research to find out how I could get smoother looking skin. Things like exfoliation and laser treatment are the things that keep coming up again and again. Exfoliation, allows you to remove the top layer of dead skin preventing the hairs from being trapped underneath. Laser hair removal, literally zaps the hair follicle itself preventing hair from growing. This is said to be the most effective treatment for Keratosis Pilaris.

I went with exfoliation, the option that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve been using physical exfoliators such as sugar scrubs and exfoliating gloves to help me shift the dead skin cells. This helped with my dry skin and allowed my skin to look healthier. However, unfortunately, it didn’t help much with the ingrown hairs that I increasingly started to notice.

So I did some more research and realised that some prescribed treatments for KP include the use of creams containing Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and other AHAs. Basically Chemical Exfoliators! I did some more digging and found some brands that do body care with Chemical exfoliators. Mainly, Pixi, Mario Badescu, Ren Skincare and Bliss. All sounded good, all sounded like they did the same thing.

The game-changer for me was when I came across a brand called AMELIORATE. It read,

 Ameliorate | For Keratosis Pilaris, Rough Skin, Bumpy Skin

This was the first brand I had come across that opening and boldly targeted KP as well as bumpy skin. This brand was exactly what I was looking for so, I went ahead and placed an order. I picked up:

Ameliorate




AMELIORATE EXFOLIATING BODY MITT £9.50

The Mitt is made from an innovative fabric weave which makes it gentler than a synthetic or natural loofah. It efficiently sweeps away dead skin cells revealing softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. It’s to be used on dry skin.

This was nice, not harsh on the skin and quite easy to use. You can see the skin on the mitt as it’s black which is oddly satisfying. The mitt hasn’t matted or become less effective even after almost 6 weeks of use.

AMELIORATE SMOOTHING BODY EXFOLIANT £17.50

The Smoothing Body Exfoliant exfoliates softens skin and smooths KP bumps.  It has Biodegradable Bamboo Granules and Alpha Hydroxy Therapy which physically and chemically exfoliate above and below the skin’s surface.  Most importantly, it contains a unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex. The addition of Shea and Cocoa Butters and Coconut Oil, moisturise for up to 8 hours.

AMELIORATE TRANSFORMING BODY LOTION £14.50/100ML

The Transforming Body Lotion resurfaces the uppermost layers of your skin. It smooths away KP bumps, exfoliates, softens skin and moisturises for 24 hours. The powerful active ingredients replenish and increase moisture levels around-the-clock. This lightweight, easily-absorbed lotion progressively refines, improving skin texture and condition.

I promptly received my package in the mail and didn’t hesitate to start using the products immediately. The baby was down for a nap, the kiddo was at nursery, it was perfect timing. The routine I used was using the glove first, followed by the exfoliant, leaving it on for about 5 minutes. I jumped into the shower and immediately followed with the transforming lotion.

I started noticing a change in my skin from the first week, to be honest. My skin started to feel smoother, more moisturized and stopped looking like the planes of the Sahara Dessert. Starting from week 2, I noticed that the ingrown hairs around my knees started to come to the surface. By week 3, a lot of the ingrown hairs on my calf had come to the surface. Meaning the skin that was blocking them from surfacing had completely gone.

To reiterate, only 3 weeks of using these products did more for my skin than the years of loofah-ing and sugar scrubbing I did put together. It’s frankly quite amazing. Six weeks after the first use, however, I discovered that the results of the first 3 weeks had been the most dramatic. The products have been effective since but the results haven’t been as dramatic. In conclusion, I feel like I will have to continue to use these products for at least 3 months to see if they will give me the result I want.

Just as a side note, the definitive cause for KP is unknown but, there are a few contributing factors that can make it worse.  Here are some self-help tips that will help with the appearance of the skin.

  • Substitute hot water for warm water when showering or taking a bath.
  • Limit the time of your shower or bath as long exposure to heat strips the skin of moisture. Keep showers/baths to 10 minutes or less.
  • Be gentle with your skin and avoid using harsh, drying or excessively stripping soaps.
  • Gently exfoliate without irritating the skin which could aggravate the condition.
  • Aggressive hair removal can irritate the hair follicle and make the condition worse. Consider getting it done professionally if you have KP.
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!
  • Use a humidifier. Low humidity dries out the skin. A portable home humidifier will add moisture to the air inside your home.
  • Avoid friction from tight clothes. Protect affected skin from the friction caused by wearing tight clothes.

I hope you have found this blog helpful.  I will do an update to let you know if I was able to get rid of the KP completely.

Please leave any questions you might have in the comments section below 🙂

 

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