Coping with Keratosis Pilaris

I mentioned in my Nair Silky Sensations post I suffered from Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I had a few questions about products I'd recommend to deal with it. As an inherited skin condition, frustratingly there is no cure, but there are palliative treatments which can calm the condition.

I've found the best solution to treat KP is to kill it with kindness. With plenty of TLC, I've found the condition can be managed and exfoliation and hydration are key to lessening the appearance of inflamed bumps.

Body Brush
Body Brushing has been a saviour for me when it comes to KP. With daily use, dry body brushing gently exfoliates and improves circulation. If you persevere, body brushing miraculously transforms rough bumps and ingrown hairs into soft, smooth, beautiful skin. I use a body brush from The Body Shop which I bought years ago, they seem to last forever!

For use in the bath or shower, The Sanctuary Salt Scrub (£10.20) gives a double whammy of love and care to your skin. The salt ever so gently removes dead skin cells and resurfaces the texture of the skin, whilst almond, coconut and jojoba oil leaves a protective moisture barrier. Skin is intensely hydrated whilst dry skin and rough bumps are kept at bay.

For a luxurious treat after your shower, Lush Dream Cream (£10.25) is the ultimate antidote to KP (and apparently amazing for eczema too.) Lavender, chamomile and rose calm skin irritations whilst cocoa butter, olive oil and oat milk soften dry skin. Containing an abundance of essential oils and tea tree (a mild antiseptic), Lush Dream Cream is literally a dream cream for those suffering with KP.

Hair Removal Cream
I've only recently discovered cream is the best way to remove hair for those with KP on their legs. Shaving aggravates the bumps and can be painful, whilst waxing is notorious for causing ingrown hairs - the last thing you want when you have keratosis pilaris! Cream is gentle on the skin and results in the smoothest finish.

For other treatments for KP, keep a lookout for products containing Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Urea and Vitamin A.