I have always been plagued by awful red bumpy, inflamed skin at the back of my arms. I googled the condition last year and came up with a lot of conflicting information. I tweeted about it a few months ago and a few ladies let me know that this dreaded skin condition is called Keratosis Pilaris.
When I researched the condition, I discovered that it’s very common (affecting 50% of people apparently). I had the rash on the back of arms pretty much all the time and occasionally on my thighs.
The dead skin cells that are supposed to just flake off, get plugged up in the hair follicles. They look like tiny red or white pimples that have a dry, rough feel.
I was advised to moisturise regularly and exfoliate. These were 2 things I did religiously anyway so I thought this was useless information. In fact, exfoliating and moisturising seemed to cause the rash to flare up more. I then tried a topical retinoid cream which was supposed to help promote cell turn over. It didn’t work on me and I ended up with allergic reaction to the cream.I then tried a cream with salicylic acid and had another flare up.
When I started my natural product experiment I threw out all of my bath and body products that contained chemicals and decided to make my own soap. The first one I made had Lavender, oat and a blend of different moisturising oils. I used it in the bath and loved it. As a happy coincidence it managed to get rid of the rash! I’m no scientist but I assume this bar on my kp because it’s a natural exfoliator, has no chemicals and has pure moisturising oils. Either way, it works for me! I never get into the shower without it now. I then moisturise with my Vitamin E Cream (it’s the only cream I’ve tried other than Silcocks Base that doesn’t flare up the condition) I love when you stumble across something that works.
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