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    Old 03-26-2003, 03:15 AM   #1
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    Hey i have keratosis pilaris and it wont go away! i do use a loofah in the shower with dove soap and moisturise with cocoa butter as soon as i get out but i dont think im using the right products to make this skin disorder disapear! And i have no idea what to use, if ne1 could help me it would be very much appreciated! I was wondering should i be using some sort of body scrub in the shower like st ives apricot scrub and a stronger moisturise or something. Neways thanx in advance!

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    Old 03-26-2003, 04:13 AM   #2
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    Keratosis Pilaris

    What do your
    arms and
    chicken have in
    common? Well,
    this is not the
    latest "Why Did
    The Chicken
    Cross the
    Road?" joke for
    millions of people. Rather, it is an annoying condition called
    keratosis pilaris, (aka chicken skin). Keratosis Pilaris,(KP), is a
    hereditary problem of the skin where excess skin is formed
    around the hair follicles. KP manifests itself as a raised, rough,
    bumpy texture and appearance of the affected areas. It is often
    quite noticeable. These papules may be reddish in color and give
    a nutmeg-grater appearance. Areas of involvement include the
    upper arms, outer thighs, buttocks, upper back and on young
    children, the cheeks as well.

    KP is often associated with a history of eczema. As KP is
    genetically predetermined, it is controllable, not curable. Many
    patients, however, do outgrow much of the exaggerated

    Treatment is aimed at smoothing out the papules and giving the
    skin a nice texture and eliminating the plugging that leads to
    acne formation. Use of an AHA, such as M.D. Forte’s M.D. Forte
    Hand & Body Cream that contains 20% glycolic acid compound is
    highly effective. OTC lactic acid products such as AmLactin 12 %
    Moisturizing Cream can also help. Patients may also use
    prescription Lachydrin 12% cream or a vitamin A cream such as
    Retin A / Tazorac/Avita / Differin, as well. Sometimes a combined
    approach utilizing a variety of active agents is used in more
    resistant cases.

    The use of a product such as DermaNew Microdermabrasion Total
    Body Experience can really help smooth out these annoying
    bumps and help allow your products to penetrate the skin better.
    After using DermaNew for about a week or so, once you smooth
    out the skin you can use it periodically on your own individual
    routine that works for you in order to help keep the skin quite
    smooth. I would point out that as you are removing the most
    superficial layers of the epidermis that you probably do not want
    to apply your acidic products immediately after
    microdermabrading. Rather, I would use the DermaNew prior to
    showering and then apply either Epilyt Lotion or a simple bland
    emollient after toweling dry, saving your active agents (like M.D.
    Forte, AmLactin, etc. for later in the day).

    In teenage years, acne prone patients may find that they are
    more likely to develop acne within the affected areas, especially
    the upper arms and back.

    I will often combine prescription Azelex cream or M.D. Forte’s
    M.D. Forte Glycare Perfection Gel which contains salicyclic acid
    in addition to the glycolic acid for acne prone patients.
    Occasionally, I will have to use oral medications such as
    Tetracycline as well. A wonderful medication that I used for
    highly resistant cases, called Aquasol A, is unfortunately no
    longer manufactured.

    Recently, a reader pointed out to me the benefits she received
    from the use of another topical cream, Carmol 40, which contains
    40% Urea as the active agent. This would certainly be an
    acceptable therapy as well. Due to it´s high potency, Carmol 40
    as opposed to the other Carmol products is available via
    prescription only. Carmol does come in less potent (yet highly
    effective) concentrations, including Carmol 10 and Carmol 20.

    And let us not overlook the helpfulness of Epilyt Lotion. I had
    another reader write in that her KP never responded to anything
    until she tried Epilyt and is thrilled with the improvement. I have
    always liked Epilyt, but on a practical basis, it is rather oily, so I
    would suggest you start out with this at bedtime only and after
    you are used to the texture, then consider adding it in during the
    daytime if desired. Remember, when it comes to dry skin issues
    like KP, you can always work with a variety of active agents to
    try to maximize your results.

    Old 03-26-2003, 01:13 PM   #3
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    I know how you feel, i know because i also have keratosis pilaris and it's everywhere. I have been using retin-a for a while, I think it's helping maybe a little. I really don't have any suggestions on what to use to get rid of this ugly skin condition though, i wish i did. GOOD LUCK with whatever you try!!

    Old 03-29-2003, 12:49 PM   #4
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    I have posted this just a moment ago. Try Johnson's Baby oil daily after your shower. It is cheap, and it worked for me. It totally took the KP from my legs away, but my upper arms still have a little bit. I can hardly notice it. Note; don't stop using it, or miss too many days or voila! I comes right back. Good luck.

    Old 03-30-2003, 04:04 AM   #5
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    Hey thanx every1 for their replies! chrina2 i will try the baby oil! I read your other msg that you wrote and i have it in the exact same spots as u had it. Though my arms aren't that bad i just want them gone off my thighs and my buttocks where they are the worse! Ive tried baby oil before but it wasn't johnsons and i didnt use it for more than probably a week which is probably why i didn't get any results. Neways thanx again im very excited to start this new routine!

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