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How To: Treat Red Bumps On The Back of Your Arms
Tue, 25 June 2013 8:20AM
It’s called Keratosis Pilaris and it looks like little red, irritated bumps commonly found on the back of your arms. It also sometimes creeps up on the back of your legs, too. As a cousin to our frenemy, eczema, KP tends to flare up in winter when your skin becomes dry and your layers are doubled, and is caused by an overproduction of keratin – the protein found in your skin, hair and nails – which blocks your hair follicles and causes KP to occur.
So what to do? Well, first off try to wear breathable cotton clothes directly over the affected area rather than woollen ones, as wool tends to increase irritation. You also need to keep the area as well hydrated as possible, so apply a nourishing body oil or cream every night to up the moisture factor to have skin as smooth as Jessica Alba here:
There are two routes you can take to treat KP. One involves the use of salicylic acid, while the other uses more natural, alternative therapies instead. Here are your options:
Option 1: Apply a salicylic-based cleanser to your KP twice a day and follow up with a body lotion that contains lactic or glycolic acid as well. These acids help breakdown the keratin that blocks the hair follicle so that your skin is smooth once again.
Option 2: Alternatively you could take a more holistic approach to your KP and look at your diet as well as your beauty routine to make a difference. Cutting out gluten and sugar are said to make huge changes to this condition, as well as eating an abundance of raw foods (over cooked or processed ones) and upping your water intake. But you need to do more than that, clearly, so treat it with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Simply mix equal parts organic coconut oil and organic apple cider vinegar (around ½ a cup) with 1 tablespoon of soy lecithin and mix together. You might need to put the coconut oil in warm water to encourage it to liquify, but once mixed, use a cotton bud to smear the ointment all over the affected area and repeat daily.
Tell me Primpers…
Have you ever suffered from KP?
How have you treated it?
Any of these options take your eye?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope