For years, I’ve had skin on my arms and legs that felt like sandpaper to the touch. It fluctuates from tiny pink dots to dark pink bumps to raging red hills.
This winter, it mounted an intense resurgence. The worst of my life.
If you’ve never seen it, Wikipedia has a great picture under its explanation of the condition: Keratosis Pilaris.
Sounds icky, but it’s just clogged hair follicles caused by your body’s excess production of keratin in the skin.
The good news is it’s very common; the bad news is there is no quick fix. It’s something that requires constant care.
My doctor prescribed steroid cream to bring down the inflammation. And gave me the following advice about it:
- Never scrub your skin in the shower–no loofahs, or washcloths. Just gently wash with your hands.
- Never rub your skin with a towel. Just pat it dry with the towel.
- Use a cream with ceramides on a regular basis.
- Never pick at the clogged hair follicles, it only aggravates the condition.
I tried Curel Itch Defense (it has ceramides but is made for eczema skin), which helped soothe my skin, but I still got some of those angry red bumps.
On my followup visit, my dermatologist suggested CeraVe SA.
It’s been a complete game-changer. My skin is back to normal–pale beige. There are far fewer bumps and it’s the softest to the touch it’s ever been. It’s still a little rough but what a difference from December!
CeraVe SA is the only cream specifically made to deal with Keratosis Pilaris. It contains ceramides and salicylic acid (SA). The SA helps exfoliate the skin and helps the hair follicles not get so clogged up.
It really works. I use it after every shower.
And I’m not worried about wearing short sleeves anymore.