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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Dry Arms

Some new moms have skin that feels like a cold defeathered chicken. As a mom–to–be, I developed a rash of bumps to the backside of my upper arms. Embarrassed about the condition, I confided in my pregnant buddy who told me she was dealing with the same thing. I consulted a dermatologist who diagnosed the condition as keratosis pilaris. KP is a common skin disorder that is characterized by "chicken skin" or bumpiness on the surface of the skin. He said that many pregnant women develop KP while pregnant and it worsens when nursing due to further dehydration. Unfortunately, there's no sure remedy, but it does help to apply creams like TriCeram ($30) or KP Duty Derma Doctor ($36) right after you get out of the shower while your skin is still wet.

This time I am prepared and ready to handle my poultry–like limbs. So far, I am on a much smoother path to happiness.

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Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i caved and bought kp duty at ulta.... hope it helps!
isabelle315 isabelle315 9 years
Oh my gosh! I just had a baby 4 weeks ago, and I have these little bumps all over the back of my hands and forearms... I've been wondering what on Earth they could be! I thought maybe they were a reaction to some medication that I just started. The Mayo Clinic website says that this condition tends to persist for *years*, regardless of treatment... ugh!!!
bealotus bealotus 9 years
I have Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms and this is what I do that works wonders. Sounds weird but works for me: I shave my arms. Next day I scrub them with a nice sugar scrub from Gap Body and then I apply KP Duty. It made such a difference in my arms!! :) Gotta put sunscreen too.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Could this be what was on my face immediately post-partum? I used baby oil to clear it up.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I got this while pregnant and it has persisted 6 months post partum. I've been putting off going to the derm.
mrsmiller mrsmiller 9 years
yep... this started a couple months ago for me once my belly really popped! i've been doing the lotion thing all through the days but still find little patches of bumps. feels like no matter how much water i drink, or how much lotion i apply - i'm still dry!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I had a different rash type thing, but not this one. Although now I wonder if it was and went undiagnosed.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I have had this since birth, so I've tried every single product on the market. I've heard that Am-Lactin is great, but I've never used it. As far as the KP-duty - DON'T BUY IT!! It does not work at all, and the tube didn't last me long at all. Long story short - there's nothing that's going to truly make this go away, only products that can reduce it somewhat.
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
My sister suffers from this, and she's never had a baby or been pregnant. She used to use scrubs b/c it looked like ingrown hairs, but has come to realize that it is a dryness issue. It gets worse when she wears long sleeves or sleeves that rub in that area.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i'm sorry, i meant "ammonium lactate" rather than urea.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i've got this, and i dont have children! my dermotologist suggested Lac-Hydrin lotion. it's got a higher dose of urea than most skin softening lotions. i would use it 2x daily like i am supposed to, but its got an ammonia kind of smell that i just can't take! i'll check these out...
mother2 mother2 9 years
I too suffer from this, although I have had it all my life, and it has gotten worse since I had my twins. I am going to give these a try...
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