About 40% of the people has keratosis pilaris. Red bumps on your arms that are rough to touch. It’s a innocent but annoying disease. About 40% of the adults has it and about 60-80% of the young adults. The name isn’t very well known, but once you see it you will recognize it. The most common place to have it is on your arms but some people also have it on their legs, back or cheeks.
De bumps are cloggins of hair follicles, causes by keratin. People with keratosis pilaris have an overproduction of keratin. There isn’t really anything you can do to cure it, but it most likely will get better once you get older. I have it on my arms and here are the two thing I do to make is less visible.
Some people say you shouldn’t scrub because is makes the skin even dryer. But for me that’s what works the best. If I don’t I will have dry and dead skin that is very visible. I use a light scrub with almond in it and use it everytime I shower.
Lush Dream Cream
When I get out of the shower I use Lush Dream Cream on my arms. The lavender, rose and tea tree oil calm skin irritations and the olive oil, cocoa butter and oat milk soften dry skin. It smeals very “herby” but I got used to that pretty fast. When I put it on it feels cooling and it really works for me.
Of course the keratosis pilaris doesn’t go away because of this tricks, but this is what works for me to make it less visible, itchy and irritating.
BTW, because of it calming and moisturising effect Lush Dream Cream is great for a lot of things. I also use it for my uberdry elbows, when my legs are dry and when I think I am going to get some irritation from shaving.
Question: Do you have keratosis pilaris? What do you do against it? / Heb jij keratosis pilaris? Wat doe je er tegen?