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Fab or flub? Gold Bond cream promises help for bumpy skin

Even if you don’t know what keratosis pilaris is (hint: it’s a skin condition), chances are you either have it or know someone who does.

It’s described as rough, bumpy patches of skin. I’ve had the pesky KP on my arms for as long as I can remember. I’ve also been on a search for a product to finally rid me of those bumps for a long time, and unfortunately I’ve compiled a pretty extensive list of duds along the way — including products from popular, expensive brands like AmLactin and DERMAdoctor.

Enter Gold Bond Ultimate’s Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream. Designed specifically to combat rough and bumpy skin, it claims to condition and soften with the help of eight intensive moisturizers.

Sounds like pretty much every other skin-softening agent, right? Not true says Gold Bond. You see, what really sets the cream apart from other products is that it does not have to be used with an exfoliant. (Most creams that target keratosis pilaris come paired with a separate exfoliant or recommend buying one to use with the cream.)

Instead, Gold Bond Ultimate’s Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream is made with a combination of AHA, BHA and PHA, agents attributed with softening and gently exfoliating your epidermis.

I have to admit, the idea of a combined exfoliant and moisturizer did arouse my interest. Besides sounding super convenient and less time consuming, at $11 (available at Walgreens and Target), the Gold Bond cream’s price tag was far less than other brands I’ve bought. That left me, of course, with just one big question left. Does the cream actually work?

First impression

Before I even opened up the product, I wanted to figure out the appropriate way to go about applying the cream.

Per the directions, users are encouraged to use the lotion as often as needed. From previous experience, I’d learned that it is usually best to use these creams at night, since they can cause sun sensitivity and usually require you to wear sunscreen on top of the cream if used during the day. Given my nightly beauty routine, I decided to go the daily route and use it as a daily lotion with an accompanying sunscreen.

Over time, I’ve come to recognize several common features of keratosis pilaris-fighting lotions.

Most have at least one of three things in common. They are usually thick, greasy or smell a bit weird. Based on its claim of being fragrance-free and nongreasy, I hoped I wouldn’t have much problems with the Gold Bond lotion. As I do with all skin-care products, my first impulse was to smell it, and — straight from the tub — it clearly had a medicated odor.

Fortunately, it wasn’t super strong, and once I had rubbed it in and it had absorbed into my skin, the smell was completely gone. Other good news: The cream was nongreasy and even had a normal consistency, neither super-thick nor watery.

Fab or flub?

Flab! While it did not cure my keratosis pilaris completely, Gold Bond Ultimate’s Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream is by far the best product I’ve used to combat the skin condition.

Applying the lotion every morning, I began to see results around the third day. Not only were my bumps significantly smaller, my skin felt smoother. Since then, I’ve been using the lotion for about a month and I can say that I’ve seen patches of bumps either completely disappear or reduce further in size.

I still have a few patches around my elbows and on parts of my arm, but overall I’d say those areas are smoother. It’s not the perfect solution but, all in all, I have been satisfied with the cream and plan on continuing to use it.