If you read the title of this post and thought it was to do with peanuts, Hula Hoops or some other delicious snack food from the people at KP then you're lucky because that probably means you don't have to deal with it on a daily basis. KP, for those who don't have it and are curious or those who do have it but, never knew what it was called, is short for keratosis pilaris. Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition whereby the skin overproduces the protein keratin and the excess gets trapped in the hair follicles, giving the appearance of rough, raised bumps or, as many of us refer to it, "chicken skin".
KP isn't sore but, it can look unsightly and feel pretty nasty, especially if it gets very severe. I have always suffered with it on my upper arms but, with frequent exfoliation, it has reduced a lot (though not disappeared). My sister has quite a severe case on her upper arms and recently our mam was talking to her beautician who specialises in skin issues about what she would recommend to try and improve my sister's KP.
Anne recommended we try Image Skincare Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser (or any other salicylic cleanser) and use it daily with either a body brush or scrubby gloves on the effected areas. She said we should feel an improvement almost immediately and actually see an improvement in 4-6 weeks.
I have been using it religiously for two weeks now with scrubby gloves and, given that my KP wasn't so bad to begin with, I have already noticed that my arms look and feel a lot smoother. I think because I am so pale, KP looks a lot worse than it is because the redness is more pronounced but, for the first time in ages, it isn't so noticeable and usually I can only say that when I have lashed the fake tan on!
As this is a cleanser, I have also tried it on my face but, found it way too drying for daily use so, once a week I am using it with my Clarisonic to lift off any dead skin cells and my skin always looks SO clean and smooth afterwards. I found the Image Clear Cell Cleanser on this site here but, I'm not sure how reputable it is so I will leave my beautician's contact details below in case any fellow KP sufferers want to get their skin in shape for summer!
Anne Rossi Clinic Clontarf