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How I got rid of bumps on back of my arms

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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 cause:

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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If you want to learn more about the soap click here

Amy x

 

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