By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by SUKILYNN
I’ve had Keratosis Pilaris (a genetic skin condition that causes little red bumps on the back of my arms) since I was about thirteen. Me and about 3 million others, as it turns out. For awhile, I allowed the little buggers to prevent me from wearing sleeveless shirts, attending poolside parties and showing up anywhere long-sleeves weren’t an acceptable form of dress. I was thirteen. Wearing a bikini was traumatic enough, throw in what appears to be a fire ant attack on the back of your arms and you’ve got the recipe for adolescent distress.
It wasn’t until about five years ago that I finally got some advice on how to address my Keratosis Pilaris, by way of the dermatologist. I had gone in for a routine mole check and, on my way out the dermatologist casually noted, “You know I have something that will get rid of those bumps on the backs of your arms. Do you want it?” Excuse me, what? You can get rid of these? The thought had honestly never occurred to me. In fact, by this point I had just about forgotten about them altogether.
I, of course, said yes and left with a Glytone Retexturize Kit – a pack designed to treat KP that contained an exfoliating body scrub and a retexturizing lotion. The 2-step system incorporates intensive glycolic acid levels to rid the skin of unsightly bumps and reveal smooth supple skin. After two weeks of using the products in tandem, my lifelong skin condition had all but disappeared. A super easy solution to what felt like a “grow a pair and deal with it” problem.
If I stop using the Glytone the bumps do eventually come back, but not nearly with the same tenacity. And the good news is, if I pick it back up again, they disappear almost instantly.
While now it seems rather silly that I hadn’t considered getting rid of the little red bumps before, I thought it might be worth sharing in case you had fallen into the same IDGAF attitude about them out of apathy. Bathing suit season is right around the corner, after all.