I Have Rough, Bumpy Skin on the Back of my Arms. Help!

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?

Exfoliate! Combining physical exfoliants (facial scrubs) chemical exfoliants (Glycolic acid) will soften and smooth away even the driest, roughest, bumpiest skin.

Here’s an effective way to control Keratosis Pilaris on the arms and legs. 

Step 1: In the shower, apply a mild shower gel like our Sea Splash Shower Gel (bar soaps are too drying) to a loofah or our Exfoliating Body Cloth. Scrub the area in circular motions for two minutes.

Step 2: After the shower, apply an exfoliating serum on the body (I recommend AHA Smoothing Serum 20%) ) which contains a powerful percentage of Glycolic Acid. Follow with a body lotion. Repeat every other day…

This keep the bumps to a minimum and reveal smoother, softer skin.

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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  1. I have this condition and have been using the exfoliating cloth and smoothing lotion for about a year at the recommendation of Renee. They are a true miracle!! The bumps on my arms and legs are almost nonexistest. Thanks for another great product!

    Posted By: Stefani Walther  | 

  2. Hi Renee,
    Your treatment recommendations for this difficult-to-treat condition sound wonderful and effective. We also have excellent response treating patients with Keratosis Pilaris using Laser Hair removal, thereby removing the inciting hair follicle. This genetically transmitted condition can also benefit from topical Vitamin A derivatives to increase skin turnover. Thank you for making Dallas- and America- beautiful.
    Dr. Bassichis

    Posted By: Dr. Benjamin Bassichis  | 

  3. Thanks for this timely and informative blog post Renee! My 14 year old daughter has this condition and it truly is bothering her a great deal. She has the bumps and they have been identified by her doctor as the above-mentioned Keratosis Pilaris. If she cannot afford the products from your line, can you recommend something a little cheaper that will give her similar results?

    Posted By: michelle  | 

  4. Renée Rouleau

    Her best bet it to get our Exfoliating Body Cloth and use it daily with a gentle sulfate-free shower gel. It’s $14.50 and will last a long time if you keep it clean.


    Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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