The three products that cured my chicken skin
I’ve had chicken skin (also known as Keratosis Pilaris) for as long as I can remember. Part of the reason why I love winter is that I can cover up and not worry about feeling self-conscious about my arms for a few months of the year. However, in a twist of fate I wasn’t expecting, I can now look forward to sleeveless season: My chicken skin is cured!
I have tried so many products over the years on my quest to rid my upper arms of those little red bumps, but nothing ever seemed to work (until now). I had almost accepted my fate when I stumbled across a trifecta of glorious glycolic filled products that have finally banished the bumps...
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Alpha-H Liquid Gold Luxe Resurfacing Body Cloths
My original intention when trying out the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Luxe Resurfacing Body Cloths was to get rid of the remnants of my fake tan, so the effect it’s had on my chicken skin was an unexpected (but very welcome) surprise. The cloths have two sides: One with a rougher texture that buffs away dead skin cells, the other which is smooth and hydrates the skin to give it some luminosity. The double sides are handy, because one of the side-effects of exfoliation can be dry skin, so the hydrating side safeguards against that straight away. Don't just stop at your arms though, I use these all over my body a couple of times a week to keep my skin baby soft.
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%
After a friend recommended the Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% (adorebeauty.com.au, $49) to me, I picked it up thinking it would be great for my face. Unfortunately, after feeling the grainy texture I knew it would be too rough on my semi-sensitive skin. I kept it in my shower to use on my body to stop it going to waste, and boy am I glad I did. As soon as I started using it on my arms I knew I’d found a winner - it felt like I could feel my chicken skin gently buffing away. With biodegradable jojoba beads and 14 per cent glycolic acid, this scrub delivers a one-two punch of exfoliants that’s unlike anything else I've ever tried.
Paula's Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA
With 5 stars from the beautyheaven members, you don’t just have to take my word for it - Paula's Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA works a treat. With an antioxidant-rich formula and 10 per cent glycolic acid, this body lotion isn’t just exfoliating, it’s also deeply hydrating and restorative. In my search for chicken skin cures, I've been guilty of over-exfoliating and making the problem worse, but this fragrance-free, non-irritating lotion mitigates the risk of overdoing it with the chemical exfoliants.
Do you suffer from keratosis pilaris? What treatments have you tried?
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