A strange thing to write about you may think but this was something that affected Nic's arms growing up and occasionally now too. Nic always felt really embarrassed in school during the Summer months when you have to wear short sleeves. You know how cruel children can sometimes be, taunting you about something which is a little different to everyone else.
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So what is it?
It's medical term in Keratosis Pilaris. It is very common and totally harmless. Anybody can suffer from this but more frequently it arises in young females and people who suffer very dry skin which is often fair.It's something which can appear during puberty and usually disperses in adulthood.
It is usually inherited from one of your parents and is basically a build up of keratin in the skin's hair follicles. The keratin sits in the hair follicles, blocking it and causing a rough patch of spotty skin.
How can I treat it?
Because of the nature of it being inherited you are limited to what you can do however by following these tips you can certainly help the situation and give your skin a helping hand.
As with a lot of skin complaints you need to treat from within. Unless you have medical reasons not to then ensure your diet is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Food which contain this are Flaxseed, walnuts, oily fish such as salmon, sardines and certain vegetables including brussel sprouts and cauliflower. You can take supplements also.
Topically it's good to use a gentle body exfoliator. We like the Clarins tonic body polisher http://goo.gl/2x0rvt or Garnier Body tonic scrub http://goo.gl/fGJwES
You don't need to scrub everyday but at least three times a week. It helps to loosen the plugs of keratin and soften the rough texture.
You can also purchase exfoliating gloves to wear in the shower which are great if you don't have a lot of time http://goo.gl/3wSHJc
Slather on a rich body cream massaging it well into the affected area. We are a huge fan of Eucerin Aquaphor skin balm http://goo.gl/wKsKA8 but generally any rich body cream will work. Apply this every morning and evening.
Follow these tips and it will certainly help. Don't forget to wear your sun cream if you are out in the sunshine, this area of skin is often sensitive so needs extra protection.
Do you suffer with Keratosis Pilaris? If so what are your top tips?