3 Super Effective Products That Helped Improve My Keratosis Pilaris

“Love the skin you’re in” may be a great mindset and mantra for women but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy, especially when you have Keratosis Pilaris.

Keratosis Pilaris (aka Chicken skin or Strawberry Skin) is a chronic, common, and harmless skin condition that causes rough patches of skin with tiny bumps on its recipient. Keratosis Pilaris (KP) can be often found along the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. While there is not a cure to get rid of KP, many people spend a lifetime of money and effort trying to get rid of it to no avail.

After living my entire life with KP on my arms and thighs, I’ve learned to love my skin while giving myself permission to do whatever I can to improve its appearance at the same time. Over the last year I have finally found three skincare products that work together to truly make a difference!

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#1 Earth Therapeutics – Charcoal Exfoliating Gloves {ONLINE EDITION HYPERLINK: https://www.ulta.com/p/charcoal-exfoliating-gloves-xlsImpprod13841013?sku=2299445}

Retails around $9.00

Product Claims: “These purifying exfoliating gloves are textured to gently scrub away the outer layers of dead skin to unclog pores while an embedded infusion of medicinal charcoal enhances the cleansing process by drawing out impurities. Specially designed to massage the skin, they also stimulate circulation, so skin can breathe freely. After regular periodic use, skin will benefit from the deep clean – feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.

A Look at the Numbers:

  • 85% experienced smoother, softer skin
  • 93% would recommend to a friend

No matter what rabbit hole of research I went down, the one constant I always found was that the most important place to start with improvement was exfoliating. Healthline.com defines exfoliating as the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical, granular substance, or exfoliation tool. These gloves helped prep my skin well, getting rid of any excess while feeling really smooth and clean!

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#2 First Aid Beauty – KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub {ONLINE EDITION HYPERLINK: https://www.firstaidbeauty.com/skin-care-products/serums-and-treatments/kp-bump-eraser-body-scrub-with-aha}

Retails around $30.00

Product Claims: “This fast-acting KP body scrub reveals healthier-looking skin with Glycolic and Lactic Acids at a combined level of 10% to help loosen skin’s top layer while also decongesting pores with pumice buffing beads, delivering the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion treatment in one.” – www.firstaidbeauty.com

A Look at the Numbers:

  • 95% reported it got rid of their dry, flaky skin.
  • 92% felt skin was exceptionally smooth and touchable
  • 95% would recommend to a friend

While nothing can cure KP, there are specific ingredients to look for in skincare products that can make a big difference. Specifically, this product contains Glycolic and Lactic Acids which help not only with exfoliation but the skin looking brighter and improving overall texture. Vitamin E contains antioxidants to help condition and soothe. You can almost feel the product working when you rub it in and let it sit for a few minutes on your skin, between the pumice buffing beads and the tingling you’ll feel.

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#3 Gold Bond – Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream {ONLINE EDITION HYPERLINK:https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/gold-bond-ultimate-rough-%26-bumpy-skin-daily-therapy-cream/ID=prod6235159-product}

Retails around $9.99

Product Claims: “Specially formulated for rough and bumpy skin on arms and legs as well as extremely rough, dry skin on elbows, knees and heels. Contains a gentle yet effective combination of AHA, BHA and PHA plus 8 intensive moisturizers to exfoliate and condition even the roughest bumpy dry skin. Immediately improves hydration, moisturization and dryness.”

A Look at the Numbers:

  • 90% experienced smoother, softer skin in 1 week
  • 74% reduction in the appearance of bumps in 4 weeks
  • 89% experienced consistently less bumpy and significantly softer skin in 4 weeks

Moisturizing is your best friend! While many lotions and creams claim to help lock in moisture, Keratosis Pilaris needs a little something extra to have its thirst quenched. This daily therapy cream from Gold Bond blew me away! For such an inexpensive product that you can get at any drugstore, it really yielded results in improving my skin texture in less than two weeks. This is a thicker, slightly oily cream that I applied daily after a bath or shower to help lock in the moisture.

Remember, it’s not always easy to love the skin you’re in but taking time to find products and routines that help improve your skin can make it that much easier.

Disclosure: I am not a medical professional, and this article is for informational purposes only through my personal experiences, and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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