This week the Daily Mail published a good piece about 'chicken skin' on upper arms - those red bumps that many of us suffer from - called Keratosis Pilaris (aka KP).
The journalist tries to cure it with a salon treatment, which turns out to be very effective and as a fellow sufferer I'm really pleased to see more professional in-salon focus on this unsightly skin problem. But in these bridal-planning times this is one indulgence some of you simply can't afford or don't have time for, so instead, here are some cheaper solutions that really do work if followed regularly. Essentially, the goal is to buff away the excess skin cells to prevent this 'capped off' hair-blockage, and keep the skin hydrated.
- Exfoliate in the shower. With a simple puff or exfoliating gloves, massage the area with some shower cream. Don't go crazy and scrub too hard or you'll damage the skin and cause scarring.
- Twice a week, swipe the area with a gentle acid peel pad, such as Origins Brighter By Nature Peel Pads, Garnier Pure Daily Purifying Pads or Bliss Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads. Don't get scared by 'acid': these products contain only a small amount vital for healthy cell turnover and have secondary benefits such as being anti-inflammatory (salicylic acid is more commonly known as aspirin).
- Moisturise daily. Look for a cream containing lactic acid, such as Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh Body Lotion or Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream. Also try Neutrogena Deep Moisture Comfort Balm: even though it doesn't contain lactic acid I've had fantastic results and use this every day.
- If you're running out of time and getting married very soon, use some gradual self-tan. This will warm up your skintone thus reducing the red dots vs. white skin contrast. Plus, the active 'tanning' ingredient DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is a simple carbohydrate sugar - and sugar applied on the skin inside moisturising products has a conditioning effect.
If you have any brilliant anti-KP tricks up your sleeve (no pun intended!), please share them below or on our Chatroom!
Read the full Daily Mail article here: www.dailymail.co.uk