What really bothers me is that my 2 year old daughter has them on her arms and face as well and they look pretty bad.:-(
What is it? What can I do about it? I can live with it but I don't want my daughter to have to deal with it her whole like like I have. Hopefully someone can steer me in the right direction. Thanks.
I have been on accutane for acne and I didn't have these at that time. But now I have these and can't stand them. What I have read about them "Keratosis Pilaris" is that pretty much there is nothing to cure them but we can try lotions.
Check out this site: http://www.keratosispilaris.org
Plenty of info and support here, try the message board.
Hope this helps.
Fortunately there is a great product NOW available in the US called BIO OIL that helped me (and I've tried almost everything) This is a great product to try before going through any costly or painful treatments, though it may not work for everyone, I finally have smooth bump free arms.
WHAT IS IT
It is oil that can be used anywhere on the face and body. It was first launched on to the market in 1987 after a 20-year research program. The idea of the product was first thought of while studying water birds and how they managed to keep there feather looking good even though they were constantly in the water. After extensive research into the birds preen glad oil researchers were able to manufacture a copy of this substance which they called purcellin oil™. This oil was quick absorbing into the skin and not stick or heavy and made ideal carrier oil for Bio oil. They added the following to purcellin Oil™ to make Bio oil:
Vitamin A- known for it’s skin renewing priorities.
Vitamin E- Helps the skin heal and helps protect the some from the ageing affects of the sun (the sun is responsible for 80% of the visible signs of ageing and it can cause premature wrinkles and skin dryness). Vitamin E is also good for re-hydrating dry skin and is a good way to protect your skin from toxins in the environment such as car pollution and smoke.
Lavender Oil- is known for it’s antiseptic qualities and is know to kill many types of bacteria it is also conditions and soothes the skin.
Rosemary Oil-Has a mild antiseptic property and is known to condition and soothe the skin.
Calendula Oil- I had never heard of this one before. It comes from the flowers of the marigold plant. This oil had an antiseptic, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. It helps cells regenerate and is extremely usefully when used for sunburn, minor skin infections, dry skin, and eczema and scaring.
Camomile Extract- Has anti-inflammatory properties and is really good at calming the skin.
I know your not supposed to add the list on ingredients but I have only included these above because I think that it’s important to know what they are so you will know exactly what Bio oil does.
Here is a fact about Purecellin Oil™. It has been recommended by the national wildlife foundation to be used on birds that had had there feathers covered with oil from a sea accident.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
It has quite a few uses and here they are:
It can be used all over the body and face as a skin care product. It smoothes and tones the skin.
Is good at putting moisture into dry hands.
It nourishes the skin after it has been exposed to long periods of the sun.
Can be used as bath oil.
It will help reduce the appearances of scares old or new.
It can be used while pregnant as a way of preventing stretch marks or it can be used anytime after as a way of reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Is really useful for people with eczema to re-hydrate the skin and help prevent a break out.
And is generally useful for dry skin anywhere on the body.
Bio oil doesn’t contain any animal products and is not tested on animals. It only contains natural ingredients and is suitable to use on people of any age and any skin type. It is only to be used externally and not to be used on broken skin.
It is made by Union Swiss
Their address is:
PO box 232
It worked pretty fast for me but could take a few weeks. For me this is a miracle in a bottle! You can buy it online at Walgreens.com for very little - around $10 a bottle.
Before my daily shower I gently brush my skin all over with a pure bristle brush, going in the direction towards the heart (ie the opposite direction that the hair grows on arms and legs) for about 5 minutes. I use a natural skin exfoliator in the shower. My favourite is Buffy from Lush. I follow this with either sweet almond oil massaged in whilst my skin is still slightly damp, or a body butter containing shea and cocoa butter. I also drink lots of water and take a multivitamin/mineral every day.
If you haven't tried Vitamin A, it's worth trying it for 4 months. Don't continue to take it after the bumps disappear, though, because the body can also suffer from an abundance of Vitamin A. Good luck!
A note of warning o.O Some people on the site are suggesting Bio oil for stretch marks in pregnancy - Bio oil contains calendula and is known to act on fertility......should not be used by pregnant women...if you're worried about stretch marks and are pregnant talk to your doctor/midwife.
The best way to tell if this is the issue is to gently scrub one arm daily with a loofa or some other kind of abrasive. Follow with a moisturizer to keep the skin soft so that subsequent hairs can break through. If in a week you see a difference, voila! Problem solved. If not, see a dermatologist. PS: I used to have them on the outside of my arms, elbows and on the back of my legs. Not any more!