This post is about a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. If you aren’t familiar with the term or what it is – it’s basically red, bumpy skin, common on upper arms and thighs (but can affect other areas), also known as ‘chicken skin’. I suffered with it and it was literally red and angry looking all of the time. It was dry and bumpy to the touch and I also had what looked like whiteheads – although the white substance is actually thick and hardened, unlike a typical spot.
This is only something that actually affected me since being pregnant with my daughter five years ago. I hoped it was hormonal and would clear up, but it didn’t.
Some Poor Advice
I did visit the doctor after the birth of my daughter and he advised me that it was hormonal. That it was common during pregnancy and that it was the over-production of the substance Keratin (Keratin is a fibrous protein in the outer layer of the skin). He also advised me to literally squeeze and pick at the hardened plugs. That is something I actually considered to be very bad advice.There is risk of subjecting the skin to bacteria and infection, and also the risk of scarring. At the same time this doesn’t address the underlying- cause of the problem.
I just learnt to live with it. Although, I was very self-conscious of my arms and found myself trying to cover up with long sleeves, unless it was really too hot. It definitely affected my confidence for a long time.
A Moment of Clarity
I was taking a shower one morning and it wasn’t my usual rushed shower. There I was washing my arms and it actually occurred to me that they were smooth! This was a major “Oh my goodness” moment for me! Five years of being so conscious, and here I am with SMOOTH arms. I can’t tell you how good that felt to me. I still can’t believe it.
I’d started taking MSM with vitamin C a few months previously. I had taken it on and off for 4 years, but I’d had a long ‘off period’ whilst nursing my son for 9 months. Then I hadn’t got back on track with it properly until more recently. UPDATE – I have written other blogs on this supplement and why it’s so amazing for the skin in general. It is known as ‘The Beauty Mineral’.
Although I can’t completely attest that it’s MSM. I do believe that it helped to clear the Keratosis Pilaris and improved my skin. I think if you give the skin the nutrients that it needs it will find its perfect harmony eventually.
Update – Since writing this blog, Keratosis Pilaris did briefly come back for a while and I wrote another post of something I noticed. We also now stock an amazing range of products that were specifically developed and aimed at treating this skin condition that affects so many people.
Ameliorate has won awards and has helped so many people to improve their skin condition. My skin remains clear on my arms.