I’ll never forget being on a date, in High School, in the summer… and sweating my butt off in a cardigan because I was so embarrassed of the bumps on the backs of my arms. Back then I just thought to myself: this is my skin, there is nothing I can do about it. Well, it isn’t curable but there are definitely tricks, products, and treatments that help smooth out those bumps and keep them at bay.
I never LOVED science, but let me quickly explain what the heck Keratosis Pilaris is without boring you. It is a build up of Keratin! Yes Keratin! We all know that Keratin is a hair protein. This build up clogs the pores and blocks the openings where the hair follicles reside. I hope you’re not asleep.
Now, if you’re like me and you are one of the millions of people who have this lovely little skin condition then I have news for you! Life with smooth skin is possible. It might not be easy, and you most definitely will hate the very last suggestion on my list, but I promise you it’s so worth it!
- Exfoliation– Yes you have to exfoliate, but not too often or you will get the exact opposite reaction and actually cause more bumps and irritation. I highly recommend getting a diamond tip microdermabrasion on the area no more than once a month! A diamond tip microdermabrasion uses a suction and diamond encrusted wand to get that first layer of skin off. It takes approximately 27 days for your skin cells to renew, that is why once a month is enough.
- Lactic Acid– lactic acid will add moisture which in turn will cause less irritation. Lactic Acid will also loosen and soften up that dead skin. Try using The Ordinary Lactic Acid from Sephora
- Konjac Loofah – When showering do not use super hot water. Hot water is so bad for your skin and can cause flare ups with your Keratosis Pilaris, I cannot stress this enough! Try out one of my favorites Honest Beauty Gentle Konjac Sponge from Target this loofah is made with the root of the Konjac plant and should be soaked before using.
- Gluten Free – Don’t kill me! So, I read about going gluten free in a Huffpost article, and how so many autoimmune diseases are linked to gluten, including this damn chicken skin! I went off gluten and only indulge occasionally, and that is when the REAL magic happened. Yes the microdermabrasions and products helped, but eliminating gluten was the X factor.
There you have it! I hope that this helps! I no longer dread the summer months. Goodbye cardigans, hello spaghetti straps!