Keratosis pilaris - what works?

I believe it is a 4oz bottle but the info I read said it lasts about a month if you use it twice a day. Unfortunately I don't know how much they used though. I have put it on twice so far and I didn't need a huge amount to cover. Right now I am only focusing on my arms. I have KP on my thighs too but I never wear shorts so that is much easier to camoflague than the arms and it is not as severe.
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Thanks for the info, Rednaturalcurls. That's not much product for $40 and probably is out of my price range. Unless you don't really need to apply it twice a day. I might try it just to see if it works and how long it lasts. If it works, maybe I could just use it during the summer season since that's when the condition on my thighs is worst. Hmmmm.......
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I don't know. Maybe once I have it more under control I could drop to once a day. I can still feel it on my arms when I apply the second coat at night so it might be possible. For now I am doing it twice a day to see what happens. So far all I see is a little less redness. I would need to see much more improvement before deciding to buy again. Of course right now my arms are pretty severe (it's getting hot so the KP gets worse) so it may take a little longer to see improvement. I will keep you posted.
Hair Type: mix of 3's, growing out an angled bob, color-treated red.
Current products: GVP conditioning balm for co-wash and leave in, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Pattern Pusha and Garnier Anti-humidity hairspray
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Hair idol: Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town
It could be wishful thinking but I do look considerably less red today. This morning I used my glycolic acid wash in the shower. I was thinking that if I did that and opened the pores more, then the lotion could get in there better and might work better. That did seem to help.
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Thanks for this thread - I have had these bumps on and off for the last few years and had no idea there was a name for them as I have never bothered to see a dermatologist about it. Strangely mine seem to pop up in the spring time on occassion and go away completely during the winter.

A warning though about salicylic acid. Even though I did not know what these were I suspected they might be due to clogged follicles so I applied some salicylic acid I had used on my scalp (for sebhorrea) to see if this helps. It did get rid of the bumps after a few days but I developed several small scars on my arms due to the solution - they kind of look like 'pock' marks or scars left over from chicken pox. I guess either the solution was too strong or else I have weirdly sensitive skin. Be careful.
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3A with a bit of 3B here and there, shoulder length, dark brown
I am 40 and have had KP for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I picked at it severly and saw lots of dermatologists. Back in the 70s /80s the solution was to use a BufPuf. and Keri lotion. Keri lotion was the only cream that actually did something. With age, I still have it, but I don't pick at it anymore. My 9 yr. old son has it too, andhe just started picking,but I am trying to get him to stop : from 10 - 15 I wore long sleeves ALL THE TIME.
Type 3A, longish, layered, reddish, wavy/curly
I just bought some Keri lotion today and am going to give that a try. How are things going for everyone else?
Yes, any updates anyone? Summer will be here soon (once it decides to stop snowing) and it will be time to get out the dreaded shorts!
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Yes, any updates anyone? Summer will be here soon (once it decides to stop snowing) and it will be time to get out the dreaded shorts!
Originally Posted by starina
And sleeveless tops!
Someone recommended trying Neutrogena Face Wash (2% salicylic acid) and leaving it on for 1 to 2 minutes and then rinsing. I don't recall if I saw that here or somewhere else when I was researching this. Anyway. I have started doing this with a very soft bath poof (I don't want to aggravate further) and it seems to be helping. I try to put lotion on right after I get out of the shower but usually it ends up being later. I am still experimenting with the KP Duty although I did by some Eucerin too as that is supposed to help as well. I tried that for a few days and I don't think it did anything. I was still very red. At least the KP Duty takes some of the redness away so I am back to that. What type of Keri lotion? I may try that next. My ultimate step will be to go back to the dermatologist but I want to try a couple other things first.

ETA - I also recall seeing something that said microdermabrasion could help or also an acid peel? I don't know about the peel because I would think that could aggravate further but thought I would pass along.
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I think Allure magazine just had a snippet about this. About 50% of the population has it. It's chronic, so it can't be cured but it can be controlled somewhat.
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Someone recommended trying Neutrogena Face Wash (2% salicylic acid) and leaving it on for 1 to 2 minutes and then rinsing. I don't recall if I saw that here or somewhere else when I was researching this. Anyway. I have started doing this with a very soft bath poof (I don't want to aggravate further) and it seems to be helping.
Originally Posted by Rednaturalcurls
That was me and I am SOOOO glad that it has help you too. Altho Hobbit warned that her Salicylic Acid for her scalp caused scarring on her arms(may have been a higher concentration of SA in it??). There are SA face washes with .5% and 1% concentrations if 2% is too strong for your arms. I think any mild SA face wash will work, I just happen to have Neutrogena Acne & Pore Cleanser (or something like that). I think the key is the SA, not the wash itself, and leaving it on the skin for a minimum of 1 minute. The SA acts like an antibiotic killing acne causing bacteria. So it makes sense to leave it on for a few moments to further the kill! HTH
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
The active ingredient in KP Duty is glycolic acid. You would do just as well to buy Alpha Hydrox 10% at the drugstore. It's 10 bucks for 6 oz. It's been working for my KP on the back of my thighs. (I didn't realize that I had this issue until I read this thread.)
The active ingredient in KP Duty is glycolic acid. You would do just as well to buy Alpha Hydrox 10% at the drugstore. It's 10 bucks for 6 oz. It's been working for my KP on the back of my thighs. (I didn't realize that I had this issue until I read this thread.)
Originally Posted by Chocolate Curls
LOL me either! It doesn't bother me on my upper thighs (very mild). I just don't need another "problem" to fix and maintain. I don't intend to wear french cut short shorts! My arms are another story!
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
I've been seeing a dermatologist for KP since I was little girl. I used to have it on my face and on the backs of my arms. My doctor told me that I would outgrow it and it did go away on my face. Unfortunately, my arms are still red and bumpy so I doubt I will out grow that. I've been using KP Duty and I haven't seen too much of a difference. My dermatologist says there are no proven ways to get rid of it. But, if you do need to cover it, try Bare Minerals powder foundation! It works great! I use it on my arms when I am wearing sleeveless shirts and no one seems to notice. Hope this helped!
I have a little on my arms. Very, very little on my legs. I have also noticed that when I shave my legs it gets better. I have heard that scrubing on it just irritates it and shouldn't be done. But then others say to scrub gently on it, so who knows. What ever works for the person.

It used to be a little worse when I was a kid. I think I had some on my cheeks then, but it is gone now and my arms are much better. I never used any treatmnet for it. It almost seemed like people didn't know about it back then (70's).

I found this great page with info:
http://www.dermstore.com/features/KP/kpinfo.php

I have started to use Amlactin. Seems to work, but might be a little to strong for me. 12% AHA I think. I have recently heard that over 10% isn't that great to use though. You can get sensitive to the sun using this too I think....?
I have also heard that BHA/salicylic acid is supposed to work better than AHA.

I am hoping to find a milder lotion...

Hey gals,
I tried something different the other day with nice results. I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) on the back of my arms as a moisturizer and I liked it. For those who think that is totally weird.....look into the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) thread. It left my skin smooth and soft WITHOUT the greasy feeling like the Almond oil/Apricot oil mixture or Shea/Coconut butter stuff I use. EVOO has been used for centuries as a moisturizer. Anyone who has tried it on there face to cleanse and moisturize will tell you it's FANTASTIC. So I thought, what the hay.....maybe my arms will benefit too. Notice now that Olive Oil skin products are on the rise??? Just check it out. But straight EVOO found in the grocery store will do very nicely!!!! I'll keep you updated.
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
The Keri lotion is not working for me. Does anyone else have other suggestions?
Keri didn't work for me either. It actually made the bumps stand out more and seems like there are more of them...isn't that wierd. I am back to using either KP Duty or Amlactin. Although I am now experimenting with using ProActiv on my arms to see what type of effect that has. So far I am not sure since it has only been 2 days.
Hair Type: mix of 3's, growing out an angled bob, color-treated red.
Current products: GVP conditioning balm for co-wash and leave in, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Pattern Pusha and Garnier Anti-humidity hairspray
Location:Sunny Florida
Hair idol: Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town
The Amlactin actually made my KP worse. I got much more of it and my arms looked red. I had to stop. It seems to be fading again now.

According to Paula Bregoun, BHA is supposed to be more effective than AHA. She sells a BHA body lotion. I am thinking about trying it.

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