Skin Care

By Allison Beck

Summer has finally arrived! Whether you spend your days chasing after kids, log long hours working inside (um, and enjoying the AC), or are simply looking for an excuse to show off how all that work at the gym has finally paid off, most of us will don a sleeveless top this season. Your biceps may be buff, your triceps toned, and your shoulders svelte, but is your skin smooth?

Enter my world. I’ve always looked forward to summer, even adding a few more reps at the gym just to banish the extra flesh that has accumulated on my upper arms over the winter months. Each year, when mid-May rolls around, I prepare my arms to go bare, from the inside out; this year, I decided to go for appendage perfection and address the skin covering my freshly re-toned “guns”. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been plagued with bumps on the back of my arms. Some said it was because I ate too much sugar (well, that might have been true). Others said it was because I didn’t use a body scrub regularly. I didn’t even know WHAT it was, let alone if there was a name for my issue? Regardless, I grew up feeling ashamed of my arms.

Then, flipping through my favorite fashion magazine one day, I came across an ad for DermaDoctor, and their product for Keratosis Pilaris, KP Duty Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin. I stopped reading and read the ad again, paying careful attention to their description of this “common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, crater-like bumps.” Wait! That’s what I’ve got! My puzzle was solved and it was a relief to know that I wasn’t alone – Keratosis Pilaris affects almost 50 percent of the world’s population and is likely to affect those who are prone to eczema, asthma, or hay fever.

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Dr. Audrey Kunin founded DermaDoctor to help those plagued with one of many common skin disorders out there that have few (non-prescription) solutions. These fixable issues have often been overlooked by mainstream skincare – and Dr. Kunin wanted to be the “dermatologist who makes house calls” with her products.

DERMADoctor’s KP Duty is the first product available that is specifically designed to treat Keratosis Pilaris. It rapidly improves skin texture by chemically exfoliating without causing irritation, and hydrating dryness with a powerful dermatologist preferred humectant (a product that helps maintain/increase moisture levels). With continued use, it also helps reduce the inflammation at the base of each hair follicle (the characteristic “chicken bump” polka dot appearance of this condition). KP Duty contains a series of powerful ingredients: Glycolic Acid, a powerful skin smoothing Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA); Sodium Glycolate, a Glycolic Acid Salt; Green Tea, an antioxidant powerhouse to reduce redness and inflammation; Urea, a dermatologist recommended humectant; Sodium Hyaluronic, another powerful hydrating agent; and Dimethicone, a barrier-like substance that helps reduce moisture loss. You can apply KP Duty to hands, body, or feet. For best results, apply twice daily. As this is a chemical exfoliator, it is recommended that you follow with a full spectrum SPF 30 during the day. For added help, scrub your problem area with DermaDoctor’s NEW KP Duty Body Scrub with Chemical and Physical Medi-Exfoliation – it’s like combining the best aspects of a mini-peel and microdermabrasion in one jar.

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Now, back to my poor arms…well, they’re poor arms no more! I was shocked at how even after one scrub and lotion application, my arms felt SO much smoother and looked less spotty. After one week, there is no doubt in my mind that this stuff works. Then I went on vacation…and left my scrub at home. Now, my arms didn’t look as bad as they did before I started using KP Duty, but they did not remain in their improved state. Once your condition improves, you can lessen the frequency of applications, but you should still perform maintenance to retain your smooth appearance. I’m willing to keep up with the regimen to maintain my new smooth status. I’m just happy that I, for once, could bear my arms with pride.

KP Duty Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin, 4 oz. for $36, KP Duty Body Scrub with Chemical and Physical Medi-Exfoliation, 16 oz. for $44. KP Duty products are available online at www.DERMAdoctor.com and at select Sephora locations.

Originally published July 2006
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