Who doesn’t want soft, supple, and touchable skin? For years, I fought Keratosis Pilaris or KP. I knew that the little bumps on the back of my arms weren’t a big deal from an overall health perspective. However, they were embarrassing when I’d wear short sleeves, a tank top, or spend time at the pool or the beach. A few years ago I accidentally stumbled upon a treatment for my Keratosis Pilaris that really works!
When I was in high school, one of the prettiest girls in my school was in the youth group at my church. While we weren’t besties, we ended up sharing a seat on a bus ride somewhere – I can’t remember now because it was a LOOOONG time ago. In a random conversation, we ended up talking about things that bother us. Even though it was YEARS ago, I remember her showing me the red bumps on her arms and saying that those bumps really bothered her. It was telling to see one of the most attractive people I knew share their insecurities about their physical appearance.
At that time I didn’t know what was going on wither her arms. It didn’t look like regular acne to me. I honestly didn’t think much about it until several years ago when I developed Keratosis pilaris or KP. I had those same small bumps on the back of my arms. They were annoying – but what could I do about it? Here’s what I’ve learned is the best way for me to treat my Keratosis pilaris.
Note: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice nor should this information be used to treat or diagnose a medical condition. This is my personal experience and I am sharing it with you to share what I’ve learned. You should seek the professional advice of a physician.
What is Keratosis pilaris or KP?
I learned that Keratosis pilaris is a pretty common skin condition. KP shows up as tiny red or white bumps on the skin. Some people say these bumps look like goosebumps or the skin of a plucked chicken. They kind of look like small pimples but they’re not. The bumps are plugs of dead skin cells. Keratosis pilaris most often appears on the upper arms (like mine did on the back of my arms) and the front of the thighs. However you can get them in other places too.
Keratosis pilaris is not contagious. It will not spread to another person or to other parts of your body from touching areas currently experiencing outbreaks of KP.
Do I Have Keratosis pilaris or KP?
A medical doctor or a dermatologist will be able to diagnose your condition.
You mike be more likely to have KP if you have one of these conditions:
- Close blood relatives who also have keratosis pilaris
- Dry skin
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Excess body weight, which makes you overweight or obese
- Hay fever
Why Do I have Keratosis pilaris or KP?
Keratosis pilaris occurs when dead skin cells clog our pores and make little plugs in our skin.
How Can I Treat Keratosis pilaris Quickly and Easily? How Do I Get Rid of KP?
Well, you’re in luck! After some trial and error, I found a way to treat my Keratosis pilaris successfully.
I take a multi-step approach to treating my KP. I use both physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface.
What is Physical Exfoliation: This is an active process where you scrub the skin and remove the outer layer of skin. A wash cloth, a loofah, a facial or body scrub cream, or a Clarisonic (my favorite!) are examples of physical exfoliation.
What is Chemical Exfoliation: Chemical exfoliators include low-percentages of gentle acids to help those dead skin cells lift off your face and make way for new cells to turn over. This reveals smoother, brighter (red carpet ready) skin. It also unplugs all of those pores where you’re experiencing Keratosis pilaris.
Chemical Exfoliation was the game changer for me and it has a name: AmLactin. If the bumps on your skin from Keratosis pilaris bother you, using AmLactin can help you. It made a big difference for me!
AmLactin is an Ammonium lactate lotion at 12%. That’s the highest concentration you can get without a prescription. Apply it as directed on the label. You can find it on Amazon or at many drug stores.
How to Use AmLactin an Ammonium lactate lotion to treat Keratosis pilaris
AmLactin can sting on open cuts. So, I would suggest NOT using AmLactin right after you shave your legs. It might sting and burn for a few minutes. I generally use AmLactin once a day right after I towel off after my morning shower. While AmLactin is fragrance free, it does have a scent (like chemicals) that goes away after several minutes. If you put AmLactin on right after your shower, by the time you’re dressed the scent will have gone away. AmLactin can also feel heavy when you first put it on. Apply it lightly and a little goes a long way. Give it time to absorb into your skin. If the feeling of the lotion or the smell doesn’t work for your morning routine, putting it on before bed might work for you too. AmLactin is also FANTASTIC for manicures (keeps cuticles in check) and pedicures. It keeps your feet “beach ready” all year long. Seriously, if you want soft smooth heels, lotion up with AmLactin each night.
Here’s a quick video about my experience with AmLactin!
What’s Next or Other Options to Treat Keratosis pilaris
AmLactin on works if you use it. So, even when your skin improves, you’ll want to keep using it. Maybe you don’t use it every day but keep those little bumps at bay!
I’ve been trying CeraVe SA Cream as a potential alternative to AmLactin. As a cream, it’s much thicker that the AmLactin lotion. However, when they say fragrance free, they mean it. It really doesn’t have a fragrance at all. So, if you try AmLactin and the scent is bothersome to you, you might want to try CeraVe SA Cream.
I thought that I’d have to live with those annoying KP bumps the rest of my life. No Ma’am! No sir! With some AmLactin and some patience your Keratosis pilaris can be history!