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August 25, 2019

Do you have bumps on the back of your
arms and the back of your legs? Are those bumps flesh-colored or red bumps? Well
those could be caused by what’s called Keratosis Pilaris, otherwise known as
Follicular Keratitis. Or, they could be caused by ingrown hairs.
So today we’re going to be talking about the three tips on how to get rid of
bumpy skin on the back of your arms and your legs. And like always, links and
sources will be located in the description below, and this video today
is because we did a Community poll, and based on that poll, about 75% of those
who answer the poll wanted this video. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.Hi, my name is Christy and I’m the owner of Go See Christy Beauty Boutique, and I
have been treating clients for over eleven years, especially in the area of
Acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles, but today we’re going to be
talking about something that my waxing clients encounter; and that is the bumpy
skin. Whether it’s due to shaving, or waxing, or they just have Keratosis
Pilaris. And so in this video we’ll talk about what Keratosis Pilaris is, as well
as who is affected or who is more likely to get it, and then the tips on how to
reduce the bumps. So stay tuned towards the end where I share with you a trip…
Trip… Let’s go on a trip! So stay tuned towards the end of the video where we’ll
be talking about a tip about Keratosis Pilaris that not a lot of people know,
but works! So Keratosis Pilaris is a genetic disorder which is an over-keratinization of the skin’s hair follicles, which can get trapped in the
pores causing bumpy skin, or goose bumping, goose bumps, or chicken skin. This
can also lead to hair becoming trapped underneath the keratin plug causing an
ingrown hair and making the bumps appear larger. So the appearance of Keratosis
Pilaris on the skin is basically flesh-colored or red
bumps with dry patches. And they usually are the more, more common areas are going
to be on the back of the arms, back of the legs, your cheeks and even the
buttocks. Generally, the bumps don’t itch or hurt and it can get worse in the
drier months, especially in Winter when the skin typically becomes drier. So who
is more likely to develop this? Well, 50% of the population generally has it. This
is an Autosomal Dominance with Incomplete Penetrance. so THIS means, when
one parent has the gene, then that means there is a 50% chance that each child
carries that gene. So, that doesn’t mean that if you carry the gene, which is the
genotype, that it does is not physically expressed, which is the phenotype. So, who
can get it? So symptoms can appear at 2 years of age
or under, adolescents, about 50 to 80% of adolescents, and even adults
lasting all throughout their life, and that’s 40% of the population. And, both
men and women can get it, but slightly higher with women. So since I have a high
amount of viewers coming from India I’m also going to very briefly name a
condition that’s more common in India and the surrounding countries, and that
condition is described by three things: Hyperpigmentation, follicular plugging,
and erythema of the face and neck. And erythema basically means “redness”. Also
your risk of getting Keratosis Pilaris is if you have one or more of the
following: Asthma, hay fever, dry skin, Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, obese or
overweight, Icthyosis Vulgaris, which is a very dry skin condition, or have Melanoma
and taking Vemurafenib. So here come the tips on smoothing out your skin. So
Keratosis Pilaris, basically you have a slower desquamation rate, so a slower
skin cell turnover rate, which causes the keratin plugging. So it’s REALLY
important to exfoliate, but it’s HOW you exfoliate. So it’s not just about
scrubbing your skin or scrubbing your skin raw, for example: One of the things
that you can use is a cleanser, an exfoliating cleanser, that has Glycolic
Acid, Lactic Acid, and even Salicylic Acid. So the AHA’s, the Glycolic Acid and
Lactic Acid, what they do is they break down the intercellular cement that holds
the dead skin cells together. If it has a Beta-Hydroxy Acid, what that does is that
actually dissolves the larger skin cells. So using a cleanser that has the AHA’s
and BHA’s are much more effective than using sugar scrubs or salt scrubs.
ESPECIALLY salt scrubs, because that can be drying in the skin, which then can
exacerbate Keratosis Pilaris. So one of the cleansers I’d like to introduce is
called the MD Dermaceutical Duo-Action Exfoliating Cleanser. This has worked
really, really well. So this was originally introduced to my clients who
had Acne, because what’s unique about this cleanser, it actually addresses
three types of bumps: Flesh-colored bumps, red bumps, and red bumps with pustules. It
has three different types of acids to address that. So the first one is
Glycolic Acid, and then it has the Salicylic Acid, and then the last thing is it has
Lactic Acid. So Lactic Acid is also an AHA, it’s a lot more gentle than
the Glycolic Acid, but it’s also very hydrating. And I’ve seen some articles
out there — it didn’t have any research to back it up, so I’m not really sure about
it — but I have read some articles saying that Lactic Acid is more effective than
Salicylic, but it has ALL three of the different types of acids. So this is why
it’s very, very effective. So, my clients have actually used this for waxing
when they get the post- waxing bumps or razor bumps, but then a
couple of my clients started using it for their Keratosis Pilaris, including my
assistant! And she was using a TON of this! And I said, “What are you using this
for??” And she said it was GREAT for the back of her legs and the back of her
arms! So, this actually really works with Keratosis Pilaris. It is a non-foaming
cleanser, it’s very unique! I haven’t really come across a cleanser like this.
And so, it’s worked best on DRY skin. So after you’ve cleansed your skin, you can
put this on, leave it on, let it work a little bit, massage it, and then kind of
take it off with an exfoliating towel, that’s what works best. But if you have
sensitive skin, you can actually apply it on WET skin to dilute the acidity of
this cleanser. I do NOT recommend it for Rosacea-prone or extremely sensitive
skin. Next step is, is, is that, when you put this on your body, and you let it sit for
a little bit, massage it in, use an exfoliating towel to wash it off, after,
you can do one of two things: You can apply a exfoliating gel or you can
actually use an exfoliating lotion. So the first one I’m going to talk about,
again, because this has been very effective for a lot of my clients, it’s
called Serious Serum — and NONE of this is being sponsored. All the videos I’ve
done so far, NONE of them have been sponsored. This, I’ve been using for… mmm…
since 2012? I think? And, literally thousands of clients have used this. And
it’s a water-based clear gel. It does have Glycolic Acid, it has Salicylic Acid,
it also has Lactic Acid. BUT, it also has some hydrating properties in here as
well, such as Aloe Vera gel, it has anti-inflammatories such as Chamomile,
Green Tea Extract, and it does have a Coconut Fruit Extract, which can be
hydrating. Now, it does on here have, it’s almost to the bottom of the ingredients
list, it’s Peppermint Oil, so for those of you who have EXTREMELY, extremely
sensitive skin, this may not work for you. But, again, almost all my clients
use this for the bumps, Keratosis Pilaris, as well as the ingrown bumps that people
can get with shaving and waxing. And we do lots of waxing here as well, and this
has been very, very effective and you don’t need a whole lot. So if you want to
use it for Keratosis Pilaris, after you get out of the shower, now your skin is
actually more exfoliated, so when you put THIS on, it actually is more readily
absorbed. Now, the reason why I chose to go with a
water-based gel is because the exfoliating lotions, a lot of them,
especially that I’ve seen at the drugstore, what I didn’t really care for
is, is that they had -, so they would have an exfoliating ingredient, but then they
would have an ingredient that could clog the pores of some people. So for example:
Amlactin, that’s one of them that I looked up. So Amlactin uses Lactic
Acid as an exfoliating agent in their lotion. However, they do have Petroleum
and Mineral Oil in there as well, and some of them had fragrances. So-, and I’ve
heard from people that when they used a lotion, even though it was exfoliating,
they STILL got bumps. So they went back to the Serious Serum. So again, it just
depends on your skin type. And the other thing that I didn’t care for too much is,
it did have Propylparaben and Methylparaben, and it was actually higher
on the list, usually you want to see them like, at the very, very bottom, and they
were, like, higher on there, so for those of you who are paraben-sensitive, you may
not prefer that as well. The second one was called Touch, and that is a
exfoliating lotion as well. It had everything that I was looking for as far
as a low pH, it uses Lactic Acid as an exfoliating ingredient, however it did
have Glycine Soja Oil, which is a-, it’s a soybean oil, and soybean oil has a lot
of emollient properties. Now, if you are one of these people who don’t want to
use anything that has GMO, you want to use non-GMO, a lot of the soybean doesn’t
say non-GMO verified, so then you’re going to have to assume, because most
soybean that are planted here in the United States is genetically modified. If
you don’t care about that, then that may be the product for you.
The other one is it does have fragrance. So, fragrance for most people
is not a big deal, however if you have Keratosis Pilaris, some of you may react
to it or give you MORE bumps. So that’s another concern. Again, it-, these were
highly rated, but again, I just looked at the ingredients list. And last but not
least, here is one that is highly rated, and it’s, the title of it is “D-R-M-T-G-Y”, so
basically “dermatology” with all the vowels taken out, Keratosis Pilaris
Treatment. It’s rated very high. I could not for the life of me find the
ingredients list anywhere. I did look at the reviews and someone said that it
worked but it “smelled awful”. So, I will put the links in the below, the
description, so you can find the product, read it for yourself, and see if you-, see
if you want to go ahead and try it. So, now, there is something new with this
one. This actually has links to my Amazon store, so if you purchase from there, I do
get a small percentage, it’s a affiliate link, where the other
ones not necessarily were. So, that’s the difference. Because we’ve had some
confusion where people thought that I was selling the products actually on
Amazon, and that-, that’s NOT me. So. But this one actually will have affiliate
links, you can click on it, look at the product, if you want it, great, if you
don’t, I’m just telling you what the ingredients are. So, my preference, and
again, this is based on literally thousands of clients with all different
types of skin conditions that worked. So the-, and I’ll put the links of those as
well, and that is the MD Dermaceutical Duo Exfoliating Cleanser. If you get an
exfoliating towel-, oh! The other one is, try not to use a loofah. I know a loofah
is natural, but that contains lots of bacteria when you keep using it over-and-over, so the bacteria on our skin, and the yeast on our skin, the-, this-, the cells
actually that contain that, get onto the loofah. So that’s not the most sanitary
way to cleanse. So you want one that actually is treated with “Microban”.
So, that is what you need for Keratosis Pilaris.
And here is the final tip that I don’t see a lot.
When you have Keratosis Pilaris, especially if you have the ones where
you have the little, tiny, red dots, where it looks like bacteria is actually
living in the pores, if you go out in the Sun, depending on your skin type, anywhere
from three-to-four minutes, or all the way up to five-to-seven minutes, with
unprotected sunscreen — can you believe I said that?! — NO sunscreen on there and then
you, you get direct sunlight, just a FEW minutes, on the back of your arms, or the
back of your legs, or wherever you have Keratosis Pilaris, and just do it one or
two times a week, the Keratosis Pilaris, one, goes away, or two, is greatly reduced,
depending on how much of the Keratosis Pilaris that you have. So, you DON’T want
to do it ’til the-, ’til you’re BURNT. You just want enough UV rays, because UV rays,
again, can penetrate under there. So for whatever reason, UV rays or sunlight, just
a FEW minutes once or twice a week on there, regularly, for some people it
totally goes away. So, this is the caveat though. Because if you’re using products
to exfoliate, to dissolve the keratin plug, and makes your skin more
photosensitive, if you’re typically someone who can be out in the Sun for
five, seven, ten minutes without a sunscreen, you might want to bring it
down to three-to-four minutes or five-to- seven minutes, again, depending on your
skin type, just enough to feel that heat on there, and that Keratosis Pilaris will
go away or greatly be reduced. So, leave in the comments below if you have
Keratosis Pilaris or you have ingrown hairs, and what you do to remove them. And
for those of you who’ve tried my products, go ahead and comment below and
let us know that you love the products. So, thank you for watching!


  • Reply bz2unow May 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Super helpful video for KP suffers!!!

  • Reply Cindy Marks May 10, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Also these bumps can be from a sluggish thyroid.

  • Reply ZoZoy 44 May 10, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    13:11 is Korean/ Japanese loofah a good example for micoban? Thank you for the great information 💓💓

  • Reply Go See Christy May 11, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Please remember that links to products and sources are in the description above as well as time stamps. Who has Keratosis Pilaris? Did you know about that last tip?

  • Reply zuly Saénz May 11, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Very interesting subject, but the volume of the video is so low

  • Reply Poeticdyme May 11, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I had KP that would frequently convert into huge, painful, angry red cysts on my butt. I started using the amlactin and it worked like a charm. My facial skin is typically very acne-prone, but surprisingly, the amlactin did not break me out at all on my butt and helped to cure my horrible cystic butt acne and KP. However, I did not like the ingredients as you stated, so I searched for something better and recently started using the touch lotion, which has also worked well. The GMO factor with the soybean oil did not dawn on me, however. So, thank you! When this bottle runs out, I think I will try your serum!

  • Reply Poeticdyme May 11, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I found the ingredients to the drmtlgy lotion on an eBay listing and unfortunately it also contains soybean oil as the sixth ingredient, pretty high up in a very long ingredient list 😭 I really wish more natural brands would make exfoliating body lotions. But, better for you, I have no choice now but to try your serum, assuming the ingredients are better than the other products you mentioned (fingers crossed!).

  • Reply Sheila Pendley May 11, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Thank You!

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  • Reply Asma Shabbir May 11, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Hi Christy, i heard that when you exfoliate your face, you shouldn't apply vitamin C serum or retinol that day. Is it true?Can we apply face oil mixed with essential oils that day? Plz reply me i m waiting for your reply

  • Reply Asma Shabbir May 11, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Hi Christy, if i use Paula's choice 2% BHA exfoliating liquid on face, when should i apply? I mean what should be the order? Should i remove it after 15 minutes from face or not? Plz reply me

  • Reply Asma Shabbir May 11, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Christy you suggested me image vital C serum and image clear cell medicated acne lotion. My question is that should i apply moisturizer after medicated acne lotion? If yes, plz suggest me any moisturizer available on Amazon for oily skin. Plz reply me i m waiting for your reply

  • Reply maab May 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

    hello can u make a video on getting rid of hyperpigmentation around the mouth and what affordable products u recommend? i am going on a ‘clearing skin’ journey and i have found trouble around that area thank u very much!!

  • Reply Lisa Goldenthal May 11, 2019 at 3:05 am

    So glad I watched this before the shower,I am going to try it!

  • Reply Asma Shabbir May 11, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Christy, i don't have bumps and ingrown hair because i do wax once or twice in a year so can i use exfoliating cleanser and serious serum? If yes, how many times in a week? Can i use any aha/bha exfoliating cleanser? Plz reply me

  • Reply DarkR0ze May 11, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I've KP and half-PCOS. I was looking online about ways to remove KP and they highly recommend using a dry brush.

  • Reply Saad Abdulsalam May 11, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Can you do a video or advice me on what to do about large pores? They're killing me

  • Reply princy rai May 11, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Lots of love from india 😍

  • Reply Forage Forage May 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Christy… your thoughts on Derma Rolling/Needling?  Good? Bad?

  • Reply Sumayia Zaid May 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Hi thank you for the good information and precious advice.. I have a question though it has nothing to do with the case in the video.m but being an expert I thought why not taking your advice .. I decided to use niacinamide in my skin care routine .. but I noticed a bad reaction to it .. my skin starts stinging ., itching and getting red .. is it possible to have sensitive reaction to it

  • Reply Green Soul!! May 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Nice video. Nice tips. But products you showed are in very small bottle/quantity. Thats 1 week use for me. Companies which make body care product should provide it in large bottles with logical pricing.

  • Reply sqlara May 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    My 2 year old has Keratosis Polaris and always itches it. Anything you can recommend for her? I’ve tried lots of eczema creams.

  • Reply Yomi’s Daughter May 11, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    @goseechristy what are your thoughts on microneedling

  • Reply Meg Mog May 12, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Would the cleanser work for black heads too?

  • Reply strawberry_shortcake4life May 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    I have this Keratosis pilaris. Sucks. I can never wear sleeveless and have flawless skins 😭😭😭

  • Reply Angelica G May 14, 2019 at 12:15 am

    my face has pores opening unto holes…not large pores…I'm 60 and over the last 15 -20 years I have a new hole form, up to approx. 1 1/2 mm in diameter.  Ever heard of this before?

  • Reply Lex Ferrante May 15, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Super helpful Christy! My sister has these, I’m sharing this video with her!

  • Reply balq naura May 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    You are love and your videos are always very beneficial for us. Please I wanna know best moisturizer for oily skin and also for oily and sensitive skin. And once you told me not to use Hyaluranic acid and vitamin c together may I know why? And can we use Niacinamide and Hyaluranic after one another in night time skin care routine??

  • Reply Priyanka Das May 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Hello cristy!!! I have oily acne prone skin. Can you suggest me oil free face powder or compact for me which will be non comedogenic.

  • Reply Sable 711 May 18, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Hopefully you can advise. I have one flesh-colored bump on my nose that used to go completely down in the mornings and then rise back up throughout the day. Now it doesn't go down at all do I have the keratosis pilaris as you mentioned or is this something else?

  • Reply Ann May 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    I use a loofah once or twice and throw it in the wash. Thank you for the tips. My son (8 years old) has little flesh colored bumps on his upper arms. During winter time he also has dry skin and eczema (Shea butter works wonders!). Your tip explains why his doesn't have keratosis pilaris in the summer.

  • Reply Iael BornToSing May 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Great video. ¿Christy could you make a video talking about what causes sagging skin and if you believe in massages and face aerobics?

  • Reply Lila Zeep Natuurlijk May 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Afterbyour videos I really understamd that cosmetics and skincare business😀

  • Reply reetscoolgal May 28, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Hi Christy, can you suggest if “The Ordinary” products are good?

  • Reply Cosmic Wanderer May 29, 2019 at 3:35 am

    You're a genuine life saver… For my arms and elbows! I suffer from KP coupled with eczema /dermatitis on my arms, and elbows and they can really make you feel self conscious!
    I also have extremely sensitive skin, so nothing I've tried thus far has actually been soothing :/

    Sometimes they'd itch so bad, I had to try very hard not to scratch and pick at it, or it would burst and spread… And look angry. I asked my derm of it was definitely KP and Dermatitis/eczema. They confirmed it was.

    Nothing I did, going out in the sun, moisturizing often, taking frequent showers or any of the most expensive creams / doctor prescribed lotions have worked! I began to resign myself to the idea it was something I'd just have to live with.

    I have also watched your Hyaluronic acid video, and you're so knowledgeable and very well spoken, easy to understand and above all super helpful! Sage advice Christy. Humbled by your wisdom. I can't wait to try your pro tips to make an actual difference to my life living with severe KP. Knowledge Is Power and I intend to utilize it! Thank you so much Christy! 🙂

  • Reply Chris Rodriguez June 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I am so happy I found you!! This was better than going to MY dermatologist. I just told my husband, "take me to Christy!" He kindly said, babe, you do know she is in California? Oh well~a girl can dream. XOXO from Texas!!

  • Reply stephanie paul August 4, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Okay, so I know this may sound absurd but I have a sister who absolutely loved using saint Ives scrub on her face and me being a die hard skin lover (future aesthetic nurse here) could not stand that she used that crap on her face, it literally drove me insane. One day while showering (we live together) Ineeded something to exfoliate my back and decided to use the target apricot scrub with the SA in it I kid you not, it has helped so much that I literally went to target bought 6 bottles and emptied the contents in a jar! I gently exfoliate my whole body with it 1x a week it’s amazing and I have been bacne and chicken skin free if you do try this moisturize really well afterwards 🙂 I use a body cream with ceramides. Thank you for the tips Christy I really enjoyed them❤️.

    PS. I finally got my sister to stop using St Ives Scrub as a face exfoliant!👏🏾😁🎉

  • Reply Parul Mahajan August 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Christy . I really love watching ur skin care .

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