Keratosis pilaris - what works?

I just thought I'd share what I've been doing for my Keratosis Pilaris.
I got it since moving to England about 2 and a half years ago. I get it on my upper right arm, and near my ankles. I don't so much get bumps, but mostly red dots in every hair follicle. My arm bothers me more because it's more likely to be seen.
So a couple days ago, after realising it was looking pretty bad, I decided to try using my routine for my face, on my arm. (I've got mild acne)

So here's what I've been doing so far:
When I shower, I use my salicylic acid face wash on the back of my arm.
After showering, I apply and old salicylic acid face moisturiser, that I didn't like on my face. At night I apply benzoyl peroxide cream. (Only at night because it can bleach clothes). All the stuff I use is cheap, and is leftover stuff that didn't work too well on my face, so I'd have thrown it out anyway.
So far, after just 2 days it really seems to be working. I'm not too sure if this will clear it up completely, but it definitely is more presentable.
What works for the rest of you in controlling your KP?
I don't have KP, but I just read a book by a dermatologist, Dr. Kenet. He suggests that bumps on the back of arms are related to Vit A deficiency in the system. The book was written in 1997 and I don't know if that's before KP was really studied or not. Just a thought.
I have it on my arms too and just above my knees in a small patch. I use a glycolic acid wash in the shower and then I use Amlactin lotion. It helps some but I am always on the lookout for better products (the legs are easier to hide than the arms). I also started shaving my arms and that seems to be helping too. I had wondered about using salicylic acid but had not tried it yet but I think I will now and see what happens since you are having good results. I also use Proactiv for my face and have been tempted to try that on my arms as well to see if that would help.
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Well THIS is up my alley, thanks for posting lalala!

I think I have KP too. Mine has cleared up alot since I tried face products for acne on my upper arms! It was just a fluke. I read a Terry Dubrow (you know the Extreme Makeover derm guy) book and it talked about the use of Salicylic Acid as part of acne treatment. I thought, well, maybe it will work on those ugly bumps on my arm. Up to that point I only put lots of moisturizer on it with only some improvement. My routine in the shower: I use my Dr. Denese face wash for my face and Neutrogena acne face wash on my back and arms and let them both sit on the skin for at least 1-2 minutes before washing off (this is important according to Dubrow). Out of the shower, I put on The Body Shop's Citrus Massage Oil (Almond Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Orange & Lemon E.O.) that I had lying around, let that absorb and followed with various different light moisturizing lotions. That seemed to work far better than applying just a heavy shea butter creme and less greasy feeling. My 9 yr old son even commented how soft my arms felt (he is soooo sweet)! Even the redness is gone. HTH.

Ordinarily I also use a strong Retin-A product called Tazorac for my face, but I think it would be far too stong to use on my arms. So far, don't need to!
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
Thanks razicelli - I'll try leaving the wash on for longer. I usually just wash and rinse.
I forgot to mention - I've also done aspirin masks on the back of my arm Makes it feel so much smoother though.

I don't understand why I get it on my right arm and not my left
Welcome! I tried the aspirin mask on my face and the back of my arms too last week. I didn't see too much difference. A little softer. But I also have used Tazorac (retin-A type) AND a glycolic acid daily to control my acne for a long time. Otherwise nothing else works. So my skin is probably as "peeled" as it can get. I will, however, keep using the aspirin mask 'cause my face was a tad smoother and it brought a pink to my cheeks. I'll see if it helps w/ my arms.
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
This is an interesting thread to me as I've had this condition for years and now my daughter has it (and so does a niece). The only thing that ever worked for me was Keri Lotion (Original formulation). My arms are just as smooth as can be, but I still get those annoying red bumps on my legs, although the Keri controls the condition somewhat. I'm interested to hear more about your experiments.
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I just ordered Dermadoctor KP Duty. It is supposed to be really great for this condition and based on the reviews I read, I thought it might be worth a try although it is a bit pricey. It is supposed to be in on Monday. I will let you know if it works or not.
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I had the same condition on my upper arms. My dermatologist told me to scrub my arms with a very soft sponge (like one you can use for your face) once a day under the shower. I did this and it imroved a little bit. She also recommened to always put moisturizer on (aml actin or something similar). Since it didn't completely go away I decided to use a "loofah" sponge (natural material) which felt quite rough on the skin. But what happened was like a miracle for me: The Keratosis Pilaris completely cleared up!
I would definitely recommend to use a sponge, eather a very soft one, like my dermatologist said (in order not to hurt or upset the skin further). Or if your skin is like mine, a harder sponge might me the solution. In any case, I would not use any acne treatment for the Keratosis Pilaris, it only further dries out the skin which can actually worsen the situation!
I really hope this information can be helpful for someone suffering from Keratosis Pilaris, since I know how bad this can feel....

Good luck!
...My dermatologist told me to scrub my arms with a very soft sponge (like one you can use for your face) once a day under the shower. I did this and it imroved a little bit. She also recommened to always put moisturizer on .....
I would definitely recommend to use a sponge, eather a very soft one, like my dermatologist said .....
I really hope this information can be helpful for someone suffering from Keratosis Pilaris, since I know how bad this can feel....

Good luck!
Originally Posted by eurocurl
Yippee! This is exactly what I intuitively thought! Thanks for that confirmation. I would definitely agree. One day I just figured I'd "exfoliate" my arms daily while in the shower, then follow with moisturizer. For years prior to that I was just moisturizing my arms which only improved the KP about 50-60%. In the last year, the simple act of leaving the salicyclic acid wash on my arms for 1-2 minutes followed by exfoliating, improved my KP by 95-99% It does need to be done reliqiously, or the KP returns, just not as bad.
HTH
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
Thank you for this thread!

I have KP on my upper arms and would love to minimize it.

A question for you folks who use a sponge to exfoilate: How soon did you see results? And, was the redness minimized at all? I wouldn't mind the bumps so much if they weren't all red.

Also, do you think using a more rough type washcloth would have the same effect as a sponge?

Thanks and good luck everyone!
I have tried both the soft sponge and the loofah and neither did anything for me but aggravate it further (it is severe on my arms). I do have a glycolic wash but I just rub it in by hand. Lotion seems to be the best although I am still looking for the most effective one. I just got the KP Duty today so I am going to try that out.
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I use one of those bath puffs (can't think of what they are really called) and rub my skin first and then apply Keri Lotion. As I said above, my arms are completely smooth and bump free. I don't know why I can't totally get rid of the bumps on my thighs. For some reason, they seem to get worse in the summer time (naturally, just when I want to wear shorts). I can't figure out why that is.
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Red, good luck w/ the KP Duty and let us know how it works. Can you tell us what is in it? Like our curls, our skin differs with what works and what doesn't. I just use a "bath poof" (don't know what they are called either) in my shower. Lotion is definitely a huge part of the process. I found the heavier "butter" type (Shea, Cocoa, Nut) lotions to be better, or oils (Jojoba, Olive, Apricot) work better than the lighter lotions. My arms stayed moisturized longer w/ it, albeit a litter greasier at first.

leenie, I wouldn't scrub too hard on your arms, as that may worsen the KP like Red said. I don't remember exactly how long it took mine to clear up, but it wasn't very long, maybe a week at most? Both my sons have mild eczema (don't know where they got it from), especially my 9 yr old, and I have found over the years that diligent application of moisture, moisture, moisture was the only thing to minimize the condition. It appears to be true for KP as well (that is where I got the idea in the first place). The Salicylic Acid wash in addition made it even better. I am not an expert by any means, it is just what worked for me by trial and error.

lalala, how has your treatment plan been working?
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
how long did it go until the bumps went away? Well, it took some time. I saw a big improvement after 3 weeks or so. But you have to keep scrubing every day. After 2 months my arms were totally clear.
Also, I do apply moisture twice a day.

good luck!
Here is the info from the site:

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.
As seen in
Health Magazine
January 2004


Keratosis Pilaris affects almost 50% of the world’s population and is particularly likely to affect anyone prone to eczema, asthma or hayfever.

It’s never a chore to attain flawless, smooth skin. KP Duty™ effectively eliminates crustiness, flaking, and dry, rough chicken skin – no prep work or scrubbing required.

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Contains:
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Sodium Glycolate – Glycolic Acid salt with buffer
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Urea - Humectant
Algae – Soothing botanical
Sodium Hyaluronate –Potent hydrating agent
Dimethicone – Barrier agent – reduces moisture evaporation

• Dermatologist Tested & Approved
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Apply KP Duty™ to hands, body or feet and gently massage into skin. Use twice daily or as often as needed.


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Urea, Sorbitol, Hexyl Laurate, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Biosacharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xantham Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben


There are also reviews of it on there and it made it sound like it might be worth trying out. The site is ww.dermadoctor.com They say it takes about a week to see really good results. I am going to start using it tonight and hope for the best.
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Thanks for the very informative post rednaturalcurls I guess KP and eczema are closely related, and my kids got it from me
Think I may start using my unused Biosilk Silk Therapy for my arms now that I don't use cones in my hair . Is KP Duty perscription? or OTC?
pw: wavehead
3a/3b, 2b underneath M/Ciii, coarse crown
HG: CK
Currently BRHG, SIF
razicelli - it seemed to be working ok, but then I went away for a couple days and didn't have my .. supplies..
Now it looks terrible!! so I'm starting over - hoping it goes ok
KP Duty is over the counter. I was doing a search on the internet about this condition and came across the website that sells it. I believe it is also available in Nordstroms. It is kind of pricey though. I paid $39.95 total with shipping but if it works it is definitely worth the price. I have used it twice so far. I can feel that I put it on but I don't have that oil slick feeling which I can't stand. Crossing my fingers that this works well. The reviews on it sounded really good which is why I took a chance. Here are a couple of them:

WOW!-THAT"S ALL I HAVE TO SAY-WOW.
I´ve had KP on my thighs for the past 4 years (i´m now 1 and have not been able to wear shorts. In fact this whole summer went by and I never wore a single piece of clothing above my knees. My legs were full of little brown bumps. My upper thihgs were dry and discoloured- even painful at times. I couln´t even touch my legs. I ordered KP duty and within a week I noticed an immediate change. My legs became smoother! I am now on my 3rd week of KP duty and I´m wearing shorts with confidence during these last few days of summer. The bumps are almost entirely gone and my skin has become so soft! I can hardly stop touching my legs! I´m Amazed! The tub of KP is still 1/2 full so I have another 3 weeks worth- I can´t wait to see my legs then!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. KUNIN!!!
A reviewer from Toronto,Ontario


It Actually Works!!
I have suffered from severe KP for my whole life. This is the only product I have ever tried that actually works - and works well! No scrubbing, no trips to the pharmacy, no mixing products at home - it´s almost too easy! I have been using it for a month and my skin has never looked better! FYI - Using twice a day on my arms, one tube has lasted me about a month
A reviewer from Denver, CO USA


Overall the rating is 5 out of 5 on 18 reviews. All gave 5's but one, who gave it a 4 because of price.
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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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Rednaturalcurls, how many ounces do you get for that price? How long does it last? That's pretty expensive, but would be worth it if lasts for a while. I agree with razicelli about the heavier, oiler lotions working better than lighter ones. I used to apply baby oil over the Keri lotion and that worked really well, but was just too oily to be practical. I never thought about trying shea butter lotion or one of those kinds of things. I'd love to get rid of these ugly red bumps before summer gets here!
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