Rough, Bumpy Skin on the Back of Your Upper Arms? You could have KP (Keratosis Pilaris)

Like millions of Americans, you might have KP. This common skin condition causes small, dry, spiny bumps on the back of the upper arms and in more severe cases, patients have similar bumps on their thighs, buttocks and cheeks. Sometimes these get red or pimply. The condition affects up to 40% of adults, but many don't realize they have a medical condition and that treatment is available. The condition is genetic so there is no long-term cure, but there is relief! The key to treatment is moisturization and exfoliation.

Moisturization can be achieved by:

  1. Getting a water softener for your home.
  2. Applying a moisturizing cream immediately after bathing while the skin is still damp. Exfoliation can be achieved mechanically by the use of exfoliating gloves (which can irritate) or preferably the use of the Clarisonic Pro Skin Brush which has a body brush attachment and a special setting for use on trouble spots.

For more severe cases, patients can use moisturizers that contain chemical exfoliants such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or urea. Some require a prescription so ask your dermatologist what might be appropriate for you. Available without a prescription is the Glytone KP Kit, a retexturizing duo specifically designed for treating Keratosis Pilaris. The Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit smoothes and softens skin and reduces the appearance of red bumps. Its gentle, yet effective formulations hydrate dry, rough skin. The Glytone KP kit is a Dr. Schulz favorite for Keratosis Pilaris patients!

Remember, our skin care therapists can assist you in determining which products are best for your skin type and particular needs.

KP is also a perfect condition for use of the Resurfacing Activator by SkinCeuticals! Apply the resurfacing activator first, then cover with a moisturizing cream. Finally, consider the use of serial chemical peels and microdermabrasion to get even more exfoliation and unplugging of the pores, especially for a special occasion.

Did you know you can use Glytone Daily Wash and Body Lotion as a daily moisturizer to provide your skin with a smooth, exfoliated surface?

Dr. Schulz recommends applying Glytone Body Lotion every day when you step out of the shower or bath when your skin is still moist. It is especially helpful for dry, cracked elbows, knees and heels. Do you have extremely dry, cracked heels or elbows? Try our new Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream. This super emollient product is an innovative cream with Free Glycolic Acid that retexturizes, softens and smoothes dry rough elbows and heels.