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Old 07-02-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
 
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About three months ago I started noticing that the skin on the upper part of my legs is looking really agitated. In the shower it turns red and really blotchy in patches, blotchy like the appearence of curdled milk, and it doesn't go away until about a half hour after showering. This morning I noticed my skin was red there for no apparent reason, but atleast not blotchy. Plus I am breaking out there, which is definetely something new. There's a few pimples on each leg (grossss i know )and then some really little red bumps, but they're not pimples. The top of the little bumps are kinda hard, it's weird. My skin is on the sensitive side and apparently also oily, but it feels dry Any suggestions, insight into what the little bumps are about would be really appreciated.
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It could be keratosis pilaris or maybe regular ingrown hairs, from shaving.

KP is an acceleration of skin shedding. It happens so fast that it plugs up the hair follicles and you get red bumps. Usually people get it on the backs of their arms but you can get it on your legs, too. If it turns out to be that, exfoliate and moisturize!
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KP is an acceleration of skin shedding. It happens so fast that it plugs up the hair follicles and you get red bumps. Usually people get it on the backs of their arms but you can get it on your legs, too. If it turns out to be that, exfoliate and moisturize!
Wow, thankyou. That is definetely it because I do have a few on the back of my arms. So just exfoliate and moisturize, that's not so bad!

Would you happen to know why the skin is shed faster in those places, is it because it's more prone to be dry there?
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KP is genetic. Glad to hear you only have a few. Mild cases usually clear up by the time you are 30 and are easier to treat in the meantime. Sadly, my case is not mild and shows no signs of clearing up. I may have to resort to a prescription. I have heard that lotions with glycolic acid or urea are helpful. Brands that have been recommended to me: Epilyt, Carmol 20, Dermadoctor KP Duty (expensive, that one, can be found at Nordstrom). Good luck!
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KP is genetic. Glad to hear you only have a few. Mild cases usually clear up by the time you are 30 and are easier to treat in the meantime. Sadly, my case is not mild and shows no signs of clearing up. I may have to resort to a prescription. I have heard that lotions with glycolic acid or urea are helpful. Brands that have been recommended to me: Epilyt, Carmol 20, Dermadoctor KP Duty (expensive, that one, can be found at Nordstrom). Good luck!
Aww thank you. Sorry to hear yours isn't mild. Hope you find something good that doesn't cost a fortune. I was telling my brother about this and he thinks he has it a little too. Do you know if KP can go hand in hand with breakouts or is that just two seperate thing?
A lady at my Dad's work told him that urine helps clear up breakouts Why that fact was relevant to any conversation my middle aged father could be having with a female coworker is beyond me. But apparently because of the urea in there, it's effective ( but crazy )
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No, KP does not go with breakouts; it is a different thing altogether. And since it is genetic I would not be surprised if your brother has it, too. My cousin and my aunt have it, too. It is actually more common than you would think.

Yeah, I have heard that about urine. Icky! I think the Carmol 20's active ingrediant is urea. I recently heard that salicylic acid is good, too. A multi-step approach is supposed to be a good idea. Like maybe use one type in the morning and another at night. Oh, and consistency is key. If you find something that works don't stop after it clears up because it will probably come back.

Well, I am glad someone can benefit from all the research I have done. There are still a couple of things I have not tried so I have not quite given up.
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I have a rather severe case of kp on both my arms and my legs (worse on my arms I think). My dermatologist recommended AmLactin for it. You can get it over the counter (you may have to ask the pharmacist but you don't need a prescription) or order it online. I know www.dermstore.com carries it. It comes in both a lotion and a cream. For me the cream works better because the coating is a bit stronger. Does make me feel a little oily but better than looking at tons of red bumps. I also exfoliate with a glycolic acid wash and that has been helping too. Depending on how bad it is, it can take just a few days to a few months to respond to the medication. Definitely be consistent like curleyhockeyfan31 said (that's my problem.....I forget to use it) and don't stop using it because you think it's gone. It never really goes away and it can come back quickly once you stop (again one of my downfalls). Good luck!

Oh and ewww about the urine thing! I've never heard that but that's kind of gross.
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I have the Amlactin lotion. Maybe I should try the cream. I had not tried a glycolic acid wash, though the lotion I was using has it. But it was very expensive and I ran out in less than two months.

How many times a day do you apply the Amlactin, Red?
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Usually only once. If I remember, I try to do it twice but usually just once in the morning before I go to work. I have a prescription version of Amlactin creme but the dermatologist said the over the counter is the same. He prefers the lotion because it isn't as thick but I tried that and I don't think it works as well. The cream leaves a coating which also keeps me from popping the bumps too (another one of my bad things to do). I got the glycolic wash through www.dermstore.com It was a kit that came with a loofah and a lotion. Don't care much for the lotion but the wash seems to help. Opens up the pores I guess and then when I follow with the cream it keeps them from clogging back up. I think I will just buythe wash next time.

Did you know that kp is a form of eczema? I just found that out at my last visit to the doctor.
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I happened to come across this thread, and I've got to thank you people who posted to it... I've always, always had this on my upper arms and thighs but never knew there was any treatment for it. I've ordered a couple of things that were mentioned here and will see how they work. Thank you, guys!
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Did you know that kp is a form of eczema? I just found that out at my last visit to the doctor.
yup. before my kp appeared, i had "regular" eczema on my right arm and my left ankle (weird, i know) as a child.

my case is beyond mild, too, but it's improving since i started exfoliating more.
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I have eczema in my hands too. At one point it was so bad it had spread to my neck, my face and my toes. That only happened once though. Now I just get an occassional flare up on one finger of each hand (strange, right?). That is becoming less and less frequent as time goes on. But I never knew kp had any relation to eczema. Interesting.
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Another one thanking you for this thread!

I have the same problem -- kp on my upper arms. Does anyone know if Amlactin is available in Canada or if there is something similar I can look for?

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I'm 35 and I never had this problem before this year. I have red bumps and pimples on the back of my upper-thighs and it is GROSS! I've always had "perfect" skin with the exception of a few mild monthly break outs on my face. I am not amused.

I've ordered the AmLactin lotion referenced above. I decided against the cream because I have pimples as well as the red bumps. If this doesn't work, I'll try the glycolic acid wash.

I also have a few little red bumps on my upper arms. Those don't bother me as much because they are very tiny and no pimples are involved.

What is exzema? I always get in and psoriasis confused. I know one is just a very fancy name for EXTREMELY dry skin.

I'll update once I receive the lotion in the mail. I'm too lazy to see if they carry it in a store near me.
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What is exzema? I always get in and psoriasis confused. I know one is just a very fancy name for EXTREMELY dry skin.
no neither of them are just extremely dry skin. eczema is dry patches of skin only it itches horribly and even just with the lightest scratch the skin just peels and is usually red and dry looking. i have it and use a prescripstion ointment for flare ups. luckily mine is fairly mild IF i have a prescription which is running out unlike most ppl mine flares up in dryer colder weather. most ppl with eczema (my nephew) are opposite and it flares up in hotter humid weather.

psoriasis is tons worse and it usually scars. at least from the few ppl with it that i've met. it even occurs on the scalp. i honestly dont know much about it but its tons worse than eczema
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I think it depends on the type of eczema and where it appears. For me when it appears on my hands it starts out as these tiny little blisters that itch. Usually within 24 hours they pop and leave little sore spots that itch even more and then eventually just go away. However when it appeared on my neck, face and toes it was just itchy red splotch marks. According to the doctor it was because I had touched my face and neck with my hands and it spread that way which is why it appeared as splotch marks. Thankfully now I only get a flare up once in awhile and only on one finger of each hand although I have heard that is not that uncommon. Very wierd. It all relates to have extremely dry skin but there is more to it than that.
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Another thank you for the great information in this thread! I have had eczema like Red described (dyshydrotic my Dr. said) on my knuckles, elbows and occasionally my face. It's worse during humidity - like Sally. And now I know what those little bumps on my legs and upper arms are and that they're eczema related. I'm definitely going to exfoliate more for the KP. Thanks again for the tips!
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I just saw this in my new Glamour magazine and thought I would pass it on. There is a short tidbit about kp on page 66. It says "Whatever you do, don't loofah off those dry, bumpy patches. Your problem, called keratosis pilaris, happens when hair follicles become chronically clogged, says Ellen Gendler, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City: "Nobody knows shy it happens, but we do know that scrubbing makes it worse." Try a nonabrasive exfoliant like glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid found in creams such as Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Body Cream ($8.50, at drugstores). With daily use, you'll be camisole-ready in two weeks."

Personally I have not tried that cream but I thought it might be useful info to others with this problem.
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Yeah, I saw that about not exfoliating. The mixed messages are starting to irritate me. My derm just told me to exfoliate! :x And that camisole ready in two weeks is bull. Maybe for someone with a mild case. But not me.
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Whatever you do, don't loofah off those dry, bumpy patches. Your problem, called keratosis pilaris, happens when hair follicles become chronically clogged,
This makes no sense, right? That's like saying not exfoliating will cure clogged pores. KP does involve clogged pores but that's not the extent. I know personally that exfoliating GENTLY can help tremendously. I usually don't think about exfoliating in the shower unless i have an important event coming up and i spend every day for the next 2 or 3 weeks treating my mild case of KP. OVERExfoliation can certainly cause irritation but proper exfoliation with a loofah or buff-puff can do a lot of good.

On another note, the KP on my legs has gotten just gross so last night i added a little 100% Vitamin E Oil to my lotion (for better distribution) and it made a world of difference. This morning my legs didn't feel as rough as usual and my skin had better clarity. I'm going to try this on my arms tonight and see how it helps.
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