Keratosis Pilaris & Epilators

4:49 pm - 02/02/2009
So, thanks to this bad ass community, I finally identified the little red bumps I would constantly get only on my thighs -- Keratosis Pilaris! Anybody have any recs for good lotions with AHAs or Retin-A in them? I'm hoping that'll help shed the dead skin since my regular lotion isn't doing much for the KP.

Also, what's the deal with epilators and would it be okay for me to use one? I'm looking to use it only on my legs where I get really fine, light hairs. I was actually plucking them with my tweezers over the weekend (don't ask lol) and it didn't really hurt. Shaving leaves me not so smooth and I hate how quickly the hair grows back (even though you can't really see it, but the fuzz!). Waxing isn't something I want to do since it seems like a whole lot of work for not that much hair in the first place. Sooo, epilators -- yay/nay?

Mucho thanks!
aeryn 3rd-Feb-2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I find that handmade soaps help with my KP. Probably because they don't have such harsh detergents like regular soaps.

Epilators are cool but they HUUUURT. I have tweezed my legs and like you, it didn't hurt. But epilating? Oh holy hell! I only epilate my underarms, which is still a bitch, but I love the week-long smoothness.
mels_automatic 3rd-Feb-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, handmade soaps sound like a good way to go and I've been looking for an excuse to get on Etsy hahah. And goodness, I've plucked my underarms before, but I can't imagine an epilator... ouchie! The things we do for smoothness lol. Thanks dear!
unknown_lj 3rd-Feb-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
I love the DERMAdoctor brand!

http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Dermadoctor

It is kinda pricey but it has really helped my KP.
mels_automatic 3rd-Feb-2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yowza! I've never seen this product at Sephora, but I'm going to be on the hunt for it! It definitely looks promising. Thanks doll!
unknown_lj 4th-Feb-2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Glad I could help a fellow KP sufferer! I hope your results and as good or better than my own. :)
paperdollkisses 3rd-Feb-2009 02:24 am (UTC)
1: The bumps. Make sure they are what you think they are before putting Retin-A or AHA's on them. Have a doc look if you haven't already. You don't want to accidentally making it worse.

2: Epilators hurt. That solved that issue for me. I exfoliate gently and then use nair. Gets rid of the hair, grow in is soft. Do a patch test first to make sure you don't react to it and I wouldn't use it near the bumps on your thighs.
mels_automatic 3rd-Feb-2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
The bumps are definitely KP. And you know, I forgot about Nair! That worked well on my legs and I have no clue why I didn't continue with it. Much thanks hun!
p1ayboyangyl 3rd-Feb-2009 03:11 am (UTC)
As much as I love my epilator, I don't find it good on fine hairs. It tends to actually break the hairs off rather than pulling them out when they're fine. Otherwise it works really well. For reference I have a Braun 5270 Silk-épil X'elle. And yes, they do hurt. :P
mels_automatic 3rd-Feb-2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Good point! As I was tweezing my leg hairs (lol), I noticed that some broke off rather than pulling from the root. Hmm... I think I'm gonna try the Nair route first. I'll keep that epilator in mind though. Thank you!
m0nikka 3rd-Feb-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
I had KP on my upper arms and I whenever I rubbed baby oil on it it went away!
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