Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost Famous

Today I'm wearing, OPI for Sephora Almost Famous

 
 (my claw hand in need of some sun!)

It's a fun colour, but sort of hard to describe...It's what a rock star would wear.

 Penny Lane

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

KP (chicken skin)

I just did a quick search on my blog, and I'm surprised that I haven't written on this topic before (I briefly alluded to it here). "KP" is a skin condition that effects nearly 50% of the population(!). For such a common skin condition, you would think there would be more awareness around it. Commonly it's called "chicken skin", more accurately it's called Keratosis Pilaris (ie. an overproduction of keratin in skin). 

I only recently diagnosed myself after people continually asking me "what's on your arms", I finally googled 'red bumps on arms'. Before that I attributed the red irritated looking skin on the backs of my arms as a side effect to having pale, sensitive skin. It's not limited to people with sensitive or pale skin, although this skin type is probably the most visible carrier of KP.

This is a skin condition that usually effects people for their entire lives, there is still no cure-all. However, similarly to acne, it can be treated fairly simply. Personally, I have discovered a treatment that works for me, and I hope that if you suffer from KP as well that you'll find relief from these tips!

WHAT is KP?
KP is an overproduction of Keratin in the skin which results in hard, raised bumps and/or a red rash-like irritation. It most commonly occurs on the backs of arms and tops of the thighs (sometimes on the face too). It is NOT contagious or serious - just annoying!

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source: google KP

HOW do I know if I have KP?
If there's any doubt in your mind, you should probably go to a dermatologist to get diagnosed. Personally, I've never been to a dermatologist about it - but I should have gone years ago! Now that I know what it is, I've been able to manage it on my own. 

Does it hurt?
Generally speaking, no it doesn't hurt. It definitely looks like it might hurt due to the redness, but if it wasn't so ugly most people could probably live with it.

Can I prevent KP?
No. If you have KP, you have KP. It usually appears in your teens or 20's. I personally noticed it at a young age, probably 12 or 13 years old. 

Can I treat my KP?
YES!! This is the best part! I have personally found that my KP is treatable - But don't get my wrong, certain elements that are out of my control tend to aggravate it. Like acne, it's treatable but not necessarily curable. Read on for my treatment suggestions!

TIPS for KP:

Temperature: Extreme changes in temperature tend to aggravate KP, so avoid super hot/cold showers or baths. You'll notice when you get out of the shower or after a work out that your KP appears worse - fortunately it tends to settle down once the body is cooled off again.

Dryness: The dryness of the winter months also aggravates KP because of the lack of moisture, you can combat this by using a humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep.

Exfoliating: A HUGE misconception is that exfoliating or scrubbing the affected area will treat the KP. NO. Never scrub or rub skin affected with KP. Although it might be psychologically satisfying, it will just inflame the KP making it worse. It doesn't work.

Self-Tanner: Fake tan or self-tan helps to mask the redness and irritation, so if you're desperate and need immediate results, try a self-tanner!

TREATMENT for KP:

The beauty world has caught on to the sheer number of people that suffer from KP. Unfortunately this means that there are a lot of products on the market that make claims that are totally false and misleading. No product will be able to 'cure' KP. But here is what I have found that WORKS: Salicylic Acid Lotion. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant that clears pores (used for treating acne too). Repeated use dissolves the keratin in the pores, reduces the redness significantly, and leaves you with clear, smooth, normal looking skin. YES! It is that simple!

My process:
  1. Always completely dry off the affected area (after showers, swimming, etc).
  2. Apply a THICK layer of lotion that contains Salicylic Acid (2% or higher) 2 times a day (day and night)*
  3. You should notice a difference in 1 week! 
* You can limit the application to once a day, and then finally once every few days or when needed. 

The specific product that I use and that works:
(I'm not being compensated to recommend this product)


Exfoliating 2% BHA Lotion

Other products that should work, but I haven't necessarily tried them for KP (because they contain 2% or higher salicylic acid, it should work):

Neutrogena Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Treatment
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ProActive Clarifying Night Cream

 http://www.proactiv.com.au/images/resize/Images/Products/ClarifyingNightCream_600x350.jpg


 Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions about the Paula's Choice product or my experience with KP.

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I am ready for spring

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Kay Denim Gilet
$65 - allsaints.com
Vintage denim vest »



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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I've been M.I.A. because...

This happened...

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 source: Tumblr wetbehindtheears

And then this...
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Source: Tumblr: indecisivealways
And then this...
 
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 Source: Tumblr ell1hans1

And finally, 
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My 25th birthday, a ski trip, volunteering at the THS, V-day!

Hope 2011 is treating you all well! 
Check back soon for more posts.
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