Updated 10/11/14. Having rough, bumpy skin on the back of the arms and thighs (and sometimes on the face) is a condition called Keratosis Pilaris, where dead skin cells block up the hair follicles. While it’s very common and completely harmless, it can be frustrating for those who suffer from it.
What can you do?
Here’s an effective way to control Keratosis Pilaris on the arms and legs.
Step 1: In the shower, apply a mild sulfate-free shower gel (bar soaps are too drying) to a loofah. Scrub the area in circular motions for two minutes.
Step 2: After the shower, apply an exfoliating serum on the body (I highly recommend AHA Smoothing Serum 20%) ) which contains a powerful percentage of Glycolic Acid. Follow with a body lotion or reparative skin oil like Pro Remedy Oil. Repeat every other day…
This keep the bumps to a minimum and reveal smoother, softer skin. You can also consider getting a series of chemical peel from an esthetician which will exfoliate deeper within the skin to help smooth the bumps.
Note: You can’t get rid of this condition permanently, but if you’re consistent about exfoliation, it should improve considerably.
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