Hey folks, got a review for you today. Especially those of you who suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (or "chicken skin") on your arms or thighs.
Before we start, let's just get the logistics out of the way. KP is not contagious, it's not a fungus, and not due to bacteria. It's simply clogged hair follicles from too much keratin. Literally, "keratosis" is an overgrowth of keratin which is the main protein in hair and skin, "Pilaris" is Latin for "hair". So together it's an overgrowth within the hair follicle/pore causing raised bumps that look like you have "goosebumps", but even though it's quite common, it's still quite aggravating and noticeable for those who suffer from it. KP can come and go, it often shows up when the air is dry and in colder weather but not all the time. It's currently July and my best friend is having a flare-up so take that for what you will. Thankfully brands are starting to come out with options for it because the simple solution is using "acid exfoliation" to get rid of it, just like the acid exfoliation we do on our face, neck, and chest.
One of my very favorite brands has stepped up to attack this issue head-on and that is, of course, First Aid Beauty. They sent me their "KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub" and "KP Smoothing Body Lotion" both having 10% AHA in the formula. Which is a good percentage of acid exfoliation whether you have KP or you don't. AHA is coming up in more body creams and body products these days because it's proven time and time again that it does work for signs of aging on our face, neck, and chest when we start to lose our elasticity, along with benefits for reducing texture and stimulating the cellular turn over and brings forth new skin faster.
The body scrub is in an 8 oz squeeze tube. It's not intended for facial use so DON'T go there. You're getting exfoliation from the dermabrasion and chemical acid all at once. It's going to improve skin texture, help with smoothing the bumps, and rough and scaly areas. The AHA's in this are Glycolic and Lactic (which are the most common and most effective). The dermabrasion is pumice micro-crystals. So in traditional fashion, the acid combo will loosen it and decongest while the dermabrasion sloughs the skin away. It also contains Bisabolol and Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe the skin as well. You use this 1-2 times a week. Use it once, kinda like a patch test while showering if you're new to acids, to gauge how your skin is going to react. A tingle is ok and normal, straight up burning is not. Quit immediately if you have that reaction. If you handle acid exfoliation well, then I don't think you'll have a problem. Since this is a scrub, remember that you don't have to apply too much pressure and massage this gently onto the skin.
To follow the body scrub is the KP Body Lotion in a 6 oz squeeze tube. It's to be used after the scrub, I think if I could only get one I would choose the lotion. Simply because I've seen body creams/lotions with AHA's before do so well plus you get more skincare benefits from the Lotion. While it has the 10% AHA, it also has Urea, Ceramides, and again Colloidal Oatmeal that work together to deeply hydrate the skin as well as smooth it's texture. This can be used daily, where the scrub should be 1-2 times a week.
Remember to use your sunscreen. Really feel like I shouldn't have to tell you that but you'll want to be especially generous with your sunscreen when using products that have acids in them or retinol of any kind. However, I know you guys are out there being super careful and making sure you use your sunscreen and re-applying as you should be, right? Lookin' at you mom.....and dad.....
KP Body Scrub is $28 for the 8 oz but also comes in a 2 oz travel size for $10 on Sephora and ULTA.
KP Body Lotion is $26 at ULTA.
Of course both are available on the FAB website.
That's all I got for you guys. I hope very much that this helps you find something for yourself if you suffer from KP, etc.
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