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Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:06 am      Reply with quote
I have keratosis pilaris on my arms and would love to know what others with this condition have successfully used to treat it.

Thanks in advance!!
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:28 am      Reply with quote
oh wow iv had this on my arms too for like 5-6 years now since i was maybe 14-15 years old it appeared. I never knew what the hell the way until i googled what you typed here. AL this time i been just thinking i need to keep exfoliating the area and that will get rid of this bumpy skin how wrong i was. I am totally interested in what could treat this condition tooo as this stops me from wearing sleeveless tops although i get away with sleepveless now and then i just dont care sometimes but i would prefer to have gotten rid of the problem al together..... Would a peel perhaps fix this?

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Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:42 am      Reply with quote
well KP causes the follicles to exfoliate in the wrong direction. Instead of pushing dead cells out they are pulled in which causes the bump. Many people find that chemical exfoliation lotions (like AmLactin and others) can help reduce the bumps.
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:50 pm      Reply with quote
I haven't tried it, but gardenofwisdom sells a KP kit.
http://www.gardenofwisdom.shoppingcartsplus.com/catalog/item/4019949/5457421.htm

I think dermadoctor sells a kp product as well.
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:43 pm      Reply with quote
My best friend had this and wanted to get rid of it for her wedding so I gave her a Neostrata 10% body lotion to try and it is almost gone now and I gave it to her at Christmas time. She uses it twice a day and I would recommend it to anyone!
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:27 pm      Reply with quote
Haven't used it myself, but dermadoctor.com has a scrub and moisturizer just for this problem...even has the Good Housekeeping Seal!!
(is that as good as the EDS seal of approval??!! Laughing )

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Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:30 am      Reply with quote
Thanks so much guys! I will be looking into all these great suggestions!
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Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:18 am      Reply with quote
Did you end up trying the GOW KP kit?

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Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:48 am      Reply with quote
As far as I know there isnt a UK equivalent to AmLactin... it would be great if EDS sold something for KP.

I've been using my clarisonic with sea buckthorn soap for KP, and my skin is much smoother, but still a bit red and blotchy, which I hate.
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Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:44 pm      Reply with quote
This is weird, but a couple years ago I was prescribed topical Clindamycin lotion to solve KP. I was surprised by how well it worked! However, I don't like some of the scary ingredients in it, so I prefer to go with an exfoliating product.

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Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:31 pm      Reply with quote
Loofah every day in the bath helps me.
The Lactic Acid lotions just smell so sour.

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:24 am      Reply with quote
I just bought the Neostrata 10% glycolid acid body lotion at the drugstore...plus St. Ives apricot scrub. I'll post my results in a few months!

Maybe I'll even take before after pictures although...it's not going to look pretty. Crying or Very sad

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:36 am      Reply with quote
Does anybody have this on their face too? Really want to know.
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Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:42 pm      Reply with quote
I tried Avene Eluage Body Lotion and that helped a bit, along with the usual body exfoliation. It seems though that you have to keep up with whatever regime you're using because nothing 'cures' it as such. I started using the Dermanew Crystal Microdermabrasion Soap and that's helped as well, along with a good AHA/BHA Body lotion.
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Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:39 pm      Reply with quote
Philosophy has something called Chicken Skin just for that. I haven't tried this product personally, but I have tried a lot of Philosophy products that I'm impressed with. Check it out.
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Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:52 pm      Reply with quote
Over the years I have tried many different products for KP. What I have found to work the best for this is:

1) an exfoliant made from salicylic acid (BHA) BIG, big difference w/ BHAs on KP.

Paula's Choice even reported on this and stated the same thing that I found out on my own. A BHA will get INTO the pores to open them up. This will release the plug and help to eliminate the bumps.

I have used Keralyt 6% gel (Rx only). It is also available in 3% online. You may also use a 2% BHA that is found in many different places (love the Paula's Choice one).

2) In Paula's report, she also mentioned a bacteria that is found in KP and said using a benzoyle peroxide will help with that. No more than a 2.5% is needed for that.

Thirdly - add a biological healing oil to this. You need some added moisture and Emu Oil works great.

Finally - CPs (copper peptides) might also help w/ this. I just started using them for my face and have read so much info off of Skin Biology's website. They say their CPs will help KP. (I will believe this as it's helped w/ some other skin issues I have).

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:53 pm      Reply with quote
I suggest you to consult with a dermalogist as everyone's skin may be different.
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Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:31 pm      Reply with quote
I happened to have consulted w/ a derm on this myself.

His suggestion was urea lotion (tried it - didn't work), AmLactin lotion (so-so results) and the Keralyt lotion. Tried the first 2 for a while before I ventured onto the Keralyt.

The Keralyt (or BHA) does a better job then the AHAs like AmLactin or Lactic or Glycolic Acids. The AHA's will work only the top portion of the skin and exfoliate differently then the BHAs which go deeper.

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:45 pm      Reply with quote
Here is a great article on this, along with Dermadoctor's product recommendations.

http://www.dermadoctor.com/pages/newsletter51.asp?WID=%7B94B5F403%2D7A06%2D489F%2DBB4B%2D64F017B933BD%7D

I personally use Retin A once a week to help with exfoliation, and it has eliminated mine.

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:59 pm      Reply with quote
Here's Paula's comment on KP. She believes that BHAs work better then the AHAs.

http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/art.asp?ID=376

From my own experience (and I've treated KP for a LONG time, now), I've found the BHAs to work better then the Lactic acid, Retin A/Tazorac, or Urea Cream. Those all did provide me some relief, but I just found the BHA to work best for me.

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:08 pm      Reply with quote
I think laser treatment can fix it.
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Tue May 06, 2008 4:01 pm      Reply with quote
I was just about to ask about KP and found this thread. I blame the London weather but I had this bumpy skin on my arms last year and now it is all over my thighs! HATE IT!!!!!!!
Did not know what it was so I just kept exfoliating which did not do much good. I thought it was from pollution or dry skin etc So now it has a name, keratosis pilaris. Vile. I hoped I could just take a pill and get rid of it but all research says that nothing helps. Shock But this is EDS!!! There is a cure here for everything. I am going to try dermadoctor KP Duty and see if it improves. I am panicking as it really looks awful on my legs - kind of like razor bumps but the worse thing is the way it feels!!! Horrible like sandpaper. Arrggghhhh Do post if anything works dramatically well for any of you. If the KP duty does not work I will see a dermatologis

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Wed May 07, 2008 2:38 am      Reply with quote
I have just started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA body lotion, and am seeing a big improvement, already.
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Wed May 07, 2008 4:45 am      Reply with quote
I agree with everyone that regular exfoliation will help keep it under control.

I personally use Lac-Hydrin

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Wed May 07, 2008 4:58 am      Reply with quote
Skincare wrote:
I agree with everyone that regular exfoliation will help keep it under control.

I personally use Lac-Hydrin


I also like Lac Hydrin. I have been using it for years for winter itchy legs (recommended by MD). Recently I have started using it after epilating my legs. Excellent over the counter product!!!! Lactic acid to date is my favorite acid which is the ingredient in Lac Hydrin.. Smile

I highly recommend dry brushing prior to your shower. You skin will look lovely plus it feels so good.

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