Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Keratosis Pilaris : My Experience

Chicken Skin, Keratosis Pilaris, KP, skincare

As a pre-teen, I started to notice these rough, red bumps on my skin. They were all over the tops of my legs, a little on the backs of my calves and the tops of my arms. 
It wasn't until I started high school that it started bothering me. I remember talking to my Mum and our neighbour about it. 'I've got spots on my arms and legs!' and the neighbour telling me she'd much rather have had spots there than on her face. But these were no teenage spots that came and went, these nasty little bumps didn't go anywhere!

My Mum took me to the doctors who just simply told me, 'It's normal, they'll disappear as you get older.'

That didn't help.

It really affected me as a teenager. I was so self-conscious. While all the other girls in my class were sporting the shortest gym skirts they could find, I was trying to find a way to wear them as long as I could, so nobody would see the tops of my legs. I would hide in the toilets during PE or fake illnesses so that I could go home. :( It affected my wellbeing massively and continued to do so as I got older. I would constantly wear black tights with my school uniform which would get a few comments on the hottest Summer days!

So, What is Keratosis Pilaris?

KP, or Chicken Skin, as it's often affectionately known as, is a harmless, painless dry skin condition giving the appearance of constant goose pimples. 
Apparently, around 40-50% of the population suffer from it. 
Although I haven't found many of them?! Everybody in the world expect me has gorgeous smooth skin, right?
It's genetic, simple as that. Another thing to thank the parents for! And there is no cure. But they do say it usually improves as you get older. But I'm 31 and it's still very much there!

It occurs when the skin produces excess keratin, the natural protein our skin produces.
So that lovely stuff we spend a fortune on and cake our hair in, to make it smooth and beautiful, well I have tons of the natural stuff on my skin, in fact it over-produces it, which along with dead skin cells, block the hair follicles and forms small red bumps all over the skin, making it the complete opposite of smooth and beautiful. Ironic! 

Chicken Skin, Keratosis Pilaris, KP, skincare

KP can look like red goosebumps and often gets worse during cold weather and can look visibly inflamed, almost rash like. The main areas it can affect are the tops of the arms and legs, bottom, sometimes cheeks. As I mentioned before, I get it on the tops of my arms, tops of my legs and sometimes my calves. The tops of my arms are covered in freckles too, so sometimes looks a lot worse.

Unfortunately, I've passed it onto Bradley, my 11 year old. Luckily he hasn't seemed fussed by it as yet.

Goodbye Chicken Skin

Up until a few years ago, I didn't even know it had a name. But when I did come across it, it was such a relief to know that it was an actual skin condition and I wasn't the only person to be suffering with it. It was time to take a stand and find a way to get rid! 
I know there is no cure, it's more about managing it and finding the right products to improve the look of your skin.
Before I fell pregnant with Taylor, I used to use sun beds regularly, which did my skin wonders. Of course, I don't recommend this, sun beds leave you at risk of many health risks and you could be doing your skin more harm than good. 

So I've been doing a little research and I've found some great ideas, tips, DIY remedies and product recommendations. And I intend to follow them up and see what works. And share them with you, of course!
Ameliorate, Chicken Skin, Keratosis Pilaris, KP, skincare

I'm looking forward to trying out these products from Ameliorate, which were specifically developed by a fellow KP sufferer, to provide a solution to KP prone skin. 

Look out for my follow up blog posts for tips, advice and to see how I get on.

Do you suffer from KP?
I'd love to hear your tips and advice?
I'd love to hear how you manage it!

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  1. Oh my brother has this and weirdly when he takes vitamins they go away. I think my daughter has it too on the tops of her arms but thankfully she is not bothered by it yet either like Bradley xx

  2. I'd love to know how you get on with these products. I've had pretty bad KP all over my body my whole life. It used to really get me down but it seems to be getting a bit better with age. I'm still never fully comfortable having my skin on show, but apart from exfoliating and moisturising, there's not a great deal I can do to improve it.

    The Beauty Locker

    1. Good news its starting to get better as you're getting older!!

  3. Ah I have seen this before. I had a friend at school with it. I have psoriasis on my elbows so can relate a bit. It's always worse in winter! Glad you have found something that helps though and be interesting to see your updates! thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon!

  4. I hope this helps you, as it sounds like it has really affected you. I've always had terrible spots on my face, and I know how much something like that can take over your life and suck away you self confidence. Good luck! Becky x #bestandworst

  5. OMG I have this and had no idea what it was called!! Thanks for the post... thats a real interesting read! #AnythingGoes

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience. My son has KP and I would love to know how you do with these products! Visiting from #MMWBH

  7. I feel for you. I too have a skin condition that is sometimes very painful. I hope the research helps. #sharewithme

  8. This is interesting. One of my daughters has red bumps all over the tops of her arms and legs. It has repeatedly been said to be eczema, and may well be, but it does not respond to eczema treatment & I have often wondered if it is really this. Interesting to know if the new products work for you. #PoCoLo

  9. I never knew about this! I'm sure this will help other people who have the same problem. Thanks for sharing on the #FFBH. :)

  10. I suffered from this as a kid and teenager but mine actually did go away when i was about 20. t's still there slightly but has definitely calmed down over the past couple of years. You'll have to keep us posted on how well the products perform as i'd love to hear if you have any success! #wkendblogshare

  11. I have KP and I was never really been too bothered about it. I have eczema so I think that's where all my stress goes into. It wasn't until I noticed that both my children have it that I felt really bad that they had it because of me( like you said it's done to genetics) and that rather than having baby soft skin there arms and legs were a bit rough. I'd love to know if those products calm it down a bit!

  12. Thank you for linking up with #anythinggoes my friend always wears long sleeves as she has this at the tops of her arms and is very paranoid about it. Id love to read your follow up posts to let her know if these products help. x

  13. Really hope this helps you great post thanks for linking to the binkylinky

  14. I hope this works and helps your skin. I'll check back for an update! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  15. I have never heard about this or the product but my son has bumps all over similar I wonder if he has this? I will have to look into it. It's so hard when you have skin troubles growing up and I know I want answers for him before he gets older and it does start affecting his self awareness. Thanks for the information and sharing your experience on Share With Me. #sharewithme

  16. Grace was diagnosed with this condition last year so I am really interested to see that there are products to help. I look forward to reading more about this from you. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    1. It seems to be a lot more popular than I first thought!!

  17. Great post and hope it helps. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  18. I have suffered with KP my whole life, and find that it's really a multiple layer approach. You can treat the skin topically which in part helps, but you also have to treat internally. I found many studies that link dairy and KP. Since going off dairy my skin is almost KP free. With the assistance of a topical cream I'm about 95% clear. Thanks for your info!! I'll keep checking back!!

  19. Try to be gentle to your skin and be nice to yourself. Wait for a while and get yourself diagnosed by a good dermatologist because haste is going to leave you with more skin problems. If your doctor tells you that unfortunately the disorder you’re suffering from is Keratosis Pilaris then come back here and try our product Kerneton which has been specifically designed to kick this disorder away naturally.

  20. I have kp and unfortunately when i was younger i discovered the bumps pop if you squeeze them just like normal spots I began doing this obsessively and now have terrible scars from it i would love to find something to make the bumps go away


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