Have you ever had that dry bumpy skin on the backs of your arms or on your thighs? Does your face build up more dead skin than you can comfortably exfoliate on a regular basis? Scrubbing vigorously may help, but typically only irritates the skin more and makes the condition worse. Moisturizing may feel good for a little while, but the bumps and dry skin continue to build up. Maybe it’s time to try an acid peel.
Thanks to [re]fresh I received a complimentary sample of their 10% Lactic Acid peel for review. It wasn’t a moment too soon either! I had been researching what we could do about keratosis pilaris (chicken skin, yuck). Keratosis pilaris is a build up of dead skin cells around the hair follicles usually on the backs of the arms and thighs. It was frustrating to learn that this condition is hereditary :(. My girls both have this on the backs of their arms in varying degrees throughout the year. Their skin is very delicate so I try not to scrub their little arms too hard for fear of worsening the condition or causing some other irritation. Looking through books and the internet I learned that glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid are suggested topical chemical treatments for KP. From experience I knew that salicylic acid is stronger and very astringent, so I didn’t really want to use something like that for my little ones. I learned that lactic acid is more gentle so when I received this sample I decided to give it a try on their arms.
After using a sonic brush on the back of Cookie’s arms with a gentle moisturizing cleanser I rinsed her arms with cool water. Next, I applied a thin layer of lactic acid peel gel to the backs of both arms. The suggested protocol is between 1 and 3 minutes or until you feel an uncomfortable burning sensation. On her left arm she was able to withstand a full 3 minutes but her right arm started to feel tingly and burn after about one minute. I rinsed the right arm first then the left arm thoroughly with cool water and applied a thick moisturizing lotion. It was amazing to feel how soft the backs of her arms felt after just one treatment. I help her put on lotion after practically every bath so I know what the back of her arms feel like even after a long soak. This is the first time in a while they actually felt soft. The bumps were still there, but less pronounced. I think I will continue this treatment regimen with her a couple times a week to see if the KP is palliated with continued application.
About the product:
Lactic Acid 10% Gel Peel, Naturally Derived from Soy
Our gentlest exfoliator removes dead and damaged skin cells without irritation. Lactic acid also increases skin cell turnover and improves skin’s ability to retain moisture.
• Formulated to increase skin’s ability to attract moisture
• Penetrates deeply to restore skin’s natural hydration barrier
• Fragrance-free and non-comodegenic
• Helps skin stay hydrated all day
• Skin is left smoother and healthier
• Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
• Brightens skin tone
• Smoothes and softens skin
• Alcohol free Paraben free Phthalate free
• No added artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives
• Made in the USA
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