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Stylemama here, wondering why some of us have such flawless skin while the rest of us are a little less flawless.  Enter: my Keratosis Pilaris also known as KP.  Always one to look for the silver lining means I’m strangely grateful for my skin issues.  If it weren’t for all the nonsense I never would have found Meg’  I never would have met such amazing women and might not have discovered that writing and sharing with all of you feeds my soul in the most profound and touching way.  I’d say a little skin funk is hardly worth complaining about when you look at it like that.  

I’m nothing if not persistent, yet ironically, strangely lazy at the same time.  I won’t pretend to understand that part of my personality, but that’s okay because Gigi loves me “as is” so I must be doing something right.  I love me some Gigi too!  

Which brings me to my point.  A few months ago Tantejoan penned a review that’s really changed my skin.  In it, she introduced us to a condition known as Blepharitis.  She shared with us a handy little eyewash product (Eye Scrub made be Novartis) that would gently treat this condition and completely remove all traces of make up and any other gunk that sticks to the base of the eyelash.   I love it, it works just like she said it would.  It also steered my toward a different approach for treating my KP.

What does KP have to do with Blepharitis, you ask?  To over simplify, both conditions are a result of areas that end up clogged when they shouldn’t be.  In the case of Blepharitis the tiny oil glands at the base of the lashes end up irritated and inflamed partially due to improper eye makeup removal.  With KP, the hair follicle gets clogged when the skin’s normal shedding process fails to occur, trapping the hair in a tiny, hard shell creating that rough, bumpy texture often seen on the back of the arms.  

Because I have really sensitive eyes, I immediately ordered the Eye Scrub she recommended and also added a similar product to my order: Lid Scrub Plus, Extra Strength Formula by OcuSoft.  I fell in love with her Eye Scrub but my second purchase proved too harsh for my eyes. The pre-moistened pads were too rough.  That’s when the idea for a KP treatment took hold.  I decided to see if those slightly rough pads might de-gunk the arm KP.  One evening before bed, I rubbed one packet per arm, didn’t rinse it off, and went straight to sleep.

The next morning, the results were shocking!  My typical red, rough and angry looking bumps were drastically changed.  In some areas it even looked completely free of KP and felt wonderfully soft and smooth.   I’ve been using this treatment almost every night for two weeks and the results keep going strong.  Of course, I knew immediately I had to share my good fortune with all of my fellow sufferers.  (Gem, this one’s for you, my KP Sistah from anotha Mistah!)

I’m not sure why this system works but it does.  The downside?  A box of 30 pre-moistened pads costs $9.95-22.95 per box!   My next order is going to be OcuSoft’s Foaming Lid Scrub in the original formula, $13.95 for a 7.25 ounce bottle.   Hopefully, the foaming cleanser will work just as well as the pads do, while saving serious coin at the same time.  As always, I will report back with my findings.

Now it’s your turn.  What are some of the more bizarre or unexpected treatments you’ve tried that work despite this tenacious condition?  Clearly, I’ll try just about anything.

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