I've Had Bumpy Upper Arms Since I was a Kid—Meet the One Product That's Helped

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I've Had Bumpy Upper Arms Since I was a Kid—Meet the One Product That's Helped

One thing that’s been with me since childhood (aside from a love of John Stamos and horror movies and is decidedly less fun than the two) is bumpy upper arms, known by its government name, keratosis pilaris. According to the, keratosis pilaris, or KP for short, is a skin condition where tiny bumps that resemble goosebumps appear on the skin. Oftentimes these rough little bumps are on the upper arms, like in my case, but can also appear on the thighs, butt, or cheeks. The “chicken skin” condition is harmless but fairly common, affecting  of adolescents and approximately 40% of adults.

Though it was never something that bothered me too much as a kid (any skin-related agony I suffered during adolescence was reserved for facial acne and the dreaded cold sores I somehow always got on school Picture Day), if there was a way for me to finally get smooth upper arms, I wasn’t going to turn it down. Therefore, Peach & Lily’s new  ($28) had me intrigued from the get-go. The body scrub is the first body product from the K-beauty brand (whose Glass Skin Refining Serum ($39) is a beloved product for those in the skincare community) and specifically targets keratosis pilaris if you couldn’t tell from its moniker.

After 300 (!) formula iterations cooked up and tested for over two years, the KP Bump Boss finally came to be. Since exfoliation is the key element to tackling the bumps, they included both chemical and physical exfoliants: 10% AHA and PHA, and eco-friendly mineral microcrystals. There are also fruit extracts like Asian plum, apple, papaya, and grape that have different antioxidant, skin soothing, and collagen-boosting benefits. To round out the spa experience, Korean star ingredients like mugwort, barley, and cica are included, which reduces redness and inflammation while soothing the skin and offering protection through antioxidants. (Some KP, like mine, has redness, which the mugwort specifically helps calm.) “Probiotics are included for more resilient skin, and taking advantage of the in-shower humidity and water, there’s hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to skin, and squalane and cucumbers to refresh and hydrate,” adds Yoon.

To test how the KP Bump Boss scrub would affect my keratosis pilaris, I decided to use it on only my right arm for about a month. As per Yoon’s suggestion, I used it a couple of times a week when I’d shower, squeezing a dollop into my hand and massaging it directly into my arm for about a minute or so. (My left arm would be cleansed and scrubbed with my usual body wash and loofah.) I felt the difference immediately. My right arm felt much softer and smooth compared to the left. Sometimes I’d be sitting at my desk and touching my arm, impressed by its silkiness. Sorry to you, left arm.

It continued to be soft until one lazy week where I didn’t use the scrub and felt the bumps coming back. This wasn’t really a surprise to me because there’s no actual “cure” for KP, you just have to treat it by exfoliation. I liked the results of it so much I’ve made sure not to be lazy about it anymore! Next, I’m going to use it regularly on my forearms where I get bumps from shaving. If you have KP, get this scrub ASAP! It’s my saving grace until I can go to the Korean spa again.

This fan-favorite scrub utilizes a strategic mix of chemical and physical exfoliators to help iron out bumps and clogged pores.

Use this as a skin-smoothing pre-game before you lather on your fave lotion or oil.

This body scrub has more going for it than its eye-catching packaging: Clarifying salicylic acid, natural exfoliating powders, plus a potent dose of activated charcoal and manuka for the ultimate skin detox.

This concoction of glycolic acid, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid is the ultimate foe for acne and unwanted bumps.

This is one of the most famous KP antidotes on the market and for good reason: It's effective. It's the next best thing to a fancy in-office treatment as it combines the skin-softening perks of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion in one, easy-to-use formula.

If you’re someone who likes instant gratification sans mess, you’ll love these convenient hand-held treatment towelettes from Dr. Dennis Gross. 

KP treatments don’t have to cost a fortune, and this targeted formula from Olay is proof.

Yep, lotions can help smooth out stubborn KP, too! This one smells a little like marzipan (so dreamy), delivers a surge of moisture to thirsty skin, and also contains a hearty helping of exfoliating acids—glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric—to help pave the way to a baby-soft finish.

Lots of bump- and acne-targeting formulas for the face and body can strip and deplete your skin. (Which ultimately makes the situation even worse!) Not this gentle formula. 

Boosted with both glycolic and lactic acid, this body scrub enhances the look and feel of the skin so it’s brighter, smoother, and polished. It will also help curb the look of aging or crepey skin. 

Most exfoliating bars leave us looking like we’ve been attacked by a stray, rabid cat. That said, this bestseller from Glossier is the one and only exception. Use it to polish your skin in soft, circular motions in the shower, and you’ll be wowed by the silky results.Make sure you top it off with some oil or lotion. Next: Those Small Bumps on the Backs of Your Upper Arms? This Is What to Do About Them

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My Hair and Scalp Feel Reborn Whenever I Use This Unappreciated Type of Shampoo

It's a game changer.

My Hair and Scalp Feel Reborn Whenever I Use This Unappreciated Type of Shampoo

Your hair probably goes through a lot. From styling to products to salon appointments, it can get dried out, exposed to heat damage, and get some split ends or breakage. Buildup is another thing you might experience, too, especially if you use a lot of products, have an oily scalp, or even work out a lot. Basically, if your hair looks and feels limp, dull, or heavy, it might be due to excess buildup of leftover hair products or dirt. You might also notice some residue on your scalp when you're dealing with buildup.

So what can you do to get your hair back on track and start with a fresh slate, so to speak? Use a clarifying shampoo. These hard-working shampoos work to deeply cleanse the hair and scalp, making both feel super fresh and "brand new," pretty much.

It's important to note, though, that clarifying shampoos can be drying because they do such a good job with removing all the product grime and dirt. So, it's not something you'll want to use every day. Usage depends on your hair type and needs, but some stylists recommend using it once or twice a month. You can also use a leave-in treatment, conditioner, or mask to keep your strands hydrated.

Take a look at some of the best formulas we love below.

The cool thing about this shampoo is it's a mousse consistency and lathers up when you mix it with water. It contains volcanic ash to gently exfoliate the hair and scalp, plus sea kelp extract to purify. The formula also features the Oribe Signature Complex (watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts), which protects against drying and damage.

The activated charcoal in this formula removes impurities and product buildup, but it's not super harsh on your hair. It also contains a vegetable protein to strengthen chemically treated or damaged hair.

Good for all hair types, this refreshing shampoo removes dirt, impurities, and chlorine. It's safe to use on color-treated and natural hair. One reviewer wrote, "This shampoo not only has a fantastic fragrance, it effectively removed hard water buildup in our family's hair. Our hair is soft and squeaky clean. The shampoo can be drying, so we use it once a week. I highly recommend."

The apple cider vinegar in this shampoo exfoliates and removes flakes and buildup, while hydrolyzed keratin softens and smooths the hair. It also leaves your hair looking shinier.

This clarifying shampoo is specially formulated for curly hair. Not only does it gently remove buildup, but it also helps the hair receive moisture and enhances curls. Ingredients include rosemary leaf, safflower seed, and aloe vera extracts.

Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo has over 20,000 ratings on Amazon with 4.5 out of 5 stars. It's non-irritating and it actually can help boost your hair's volume, too. One reviewer wrote, "Great product! This shampoo removed months/years of product buildup in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results."

This sulfate-free, deep cleansing shampoo works to clear the hair and scalp of residue and dirt, while also balancing sebum. Avocado and jojoba oils leave the hair shiny and wheat germ oil and vitamins A and E protect against environmental damage.

You don't have to worry about this shampoo stripping your hair dry—it contains glycerin to seal moisture in and coconut oil to promote thickness. Other ingredients include rosemary leaf extract, witch hazel, and tea tree oil to purify and remove buildup.

If you have color-treated hair, you can use Moroccanoil's shampoo without worry. It's color-safe and nourishing. One reviewer wrote, "I find that this particular clarifying shampoo is not as stripping on my hair as others are. I color my hair on a regular basis, and usually, these shampoos will make my color bleed, and run like crazy. But not this one! I didn’t notice much of any color, if any, wash away. Very pleased with this! Left my scalp feeling clean, and refreshed."

You can use this clarifying shampoo on all curl types—it's formulated to maintain moisture and smooth your curls. In addition to buildup removal, it also works to detangle the hair and make it more manageable.

Living Proof's detox shampoo removes buildup caused by product, pollution, and hard water. It contains activated charcoal to absorb oil, plus a scalp moisturizing and soothing complex with witch hazel to condition.

This sulfate-free shampoo is formulated with charcoal and bergamot to cleanse the hair and scalp of excess dirt and oil. It's also infused with coconut oil to moisturize and nourish the hair.

This deep-cleaning shampoo is color-safe and works to remove styling product buildup. The formula is gentle enough so it retains moisture and pumps up the shine factor.

The key ingredient in this shampoo is blue-tansy flower oil, which nourishes the hair follicles to promote growth. It also contains jojoba oil to protect against dryness, breakage, and split ends, plus bamboo extract for shine and strength.

You can use this shampoo weekly to clear the hair and scalp of excess oil, product residue, and environmental irritants. In addition to charcoal powder, hops extract, and a coconut fatty acid blend, the formula also contains a healing protein that is similar to keratin, which works to refill keratin and repair damaged hair.

SheaMoisture's clarifying shampoo is safe to use on both natural and synthetic hair. It can get rid of buildup from bonding glue and it won't strip the hair of its natural moisture. One reviewer wrote, "My wig was in need of some serious TLC. This shampoo left my wig nice and clean!"

Sunday Riley's rinse-off serum is a multitasker—it exfoliates the scalp, dissolves oil buildup, and rehydrates the scalp. Ingredients include glycolic and salicylic acids, niacinamide, rose clay, and jasmine essential oil.

Infused with oats and apple cider vinegar, this clarifying rinse rebalances the pH, adds shine, and promotes a healthy scalp.

If your scalp is in need of some TLC, this treatment works to nourish, balance, and stimulate the scalp. It removes buildup while also delivering nutrients. Ingredients include baobab, amaranth, and moringa oils, plus basil leaf.

Christophe Robin's scalp scrub is both purifying and moisturizing, and is specially formulated to rebalance sensitive or oily scalps.

Use this scrub to soothe a dry and itchy scalp—it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and rebalances pH levels. It's also color-safe. Next, Psst, for Thin Hair Types: This Trick Gets You Big Hair Fast

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