|Before 7th grade, I was all about the tanks. After 7th grade, it was longer sleeves, all day, every day.|
When I was in the seventh grade, I started getting little red bumps on the backs of my arms. I also got some on the inside of my knees which, together with being 13, made changing for gym class the worst thing ever. My Mom took me to a dermatologist, who I hoped was going to make my skin look as amazing as Tricia's skin. Tricia sat next to me in homeroom and didn't have weird red bumps on her arms and legs. The derm first asked if we had insurance and the began writing script after script. My mom and I stared at the doctor, gobsmacked by his bravado and we walked out with about 6 different scripts. We knew he didn't care about my arms, let alone my shame.
While whatever was happening on my knees soon went back to normal, my Keratosis Pilaris never got better. The Curse of the Irish, keratosis pilaris, KP or whatever you want to call it helped form my love of a 3/4 sleeve in summer and did wonders for teaching me to be ashamed. I was a heavy kid who grew up to be a heavy adult, and hiding my upper arms just became a really normal part of my life. It certainly was a foolproof way to contain my embarrassment.
Flash forward thirty years and I have still been hiding my upper arms. But now I refuse to let silly bumps on my arms stop me from wearing what I want. I refuse to feel like I have to apologize for my KP. Thanks to a new regime from AmLactin, I'm finally starting to love my arms again. Sure, my upper arms still need some toning and I still have some red dotting, but it's so much better. I'm no longer instantly dismissing sleeveless tops and dresses just because.
For those of you that haven't lived with the shame of KP, let's back up. Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common skin issue that plagues 40% of women and men. Sometimes it disappears by age 30 and sometimes it doesn't. It appears on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks or cheeks. Essentially, keratin builds up inside of a follicle. That follicle becomes blocked and swells, leaving a hard, raised red dot on the arm. It's hard to get under control and most over the counter methods of healing the skin don't work very well. There is no cure but alpha-hydroxy therapy, like what is found in AmLactin, can help soften the "plugged follicle", helping to relieve the bumps and redness.
How did I get my KP to recede? I didn't go to dangerous tanning salons, seek out expensive scripts or do unusual treatments. I began an exfoliation protocol, every single day. I manually exfoliate my upper arms using a special kind of mitt, called a hammam, every other day. This rough mitt is amazing at exfoliating everything. If you don't have a hammam in your beauty arsenal, you should try one!
I then apply AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion twice per day (morning and evening) to my upper arms and immediately after showering. I started to see results within a few days! AmLactin contains 12% lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) to relieve clogged pores and help skin return to a smoother, softer state. It contains the patented ULTRAPLEX + ceramide formula that helps skin stay hydrated for up to 24 hours while exfoliating without irritation. It's the number one dermatologist-recommended formula for dry, rough skin! If you want the same benefits but even more hydration, try the AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream (Want help selecting the right formula for you?).
|Here are my arms before AmLactin (last fall) and my arms today (and it's the first time I met my kitten, Zayde Danger!).|
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