By Kristin Coverly and Mark Lees, PhD
[Ask the Experts]

“My therapist offers 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages. Which one would be appropriate for me?”

Honest answer? All of the above! Each of these session lengths might be appropriate for you at different times. If you’re looking for focused work on one area, or you have an incredibly tight schedule, try a 30-minute session. A 60-minute session is a great length for a full-body massage with extra attention to one area. Book a 90-minute session when you have two or more areas of your body that need extra work and/or you want to increase the amount of time you have to relax, de-stress, and take a break from the outside world. The important thing is to get a massage on your schedule, no matter which session length you choose!

Kristin Coverly, LMT, is a massage therapist and educator for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

“My dermatologist diagnosed the bumps on my arms as keratosis pilaris. What can I do to manage this condition?”

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is the scientific name for the bumpy skin condition that many people have on their upper arms. This genetic disorder is caused by a buildup of keratin protein that blocks tiny hair follicles. It feels like sandpaper and can also have redness associated with it, but it does not hurt. Children often have it on their lower face cheeks, but this usually clears as the child ages.

KP on the body can be treated and controlled, but not cured. Daily application of a glycolic or lactic acid lotion that contains a good hydrator (applied after bathing) can significantly improve this condition. It is important that skin is still wet when the treatment lotion is applied. Be careful not to use products that dry the skin’s surface, as they can irritate the condition and worsen inflammation and redness.

Mark Lees, PhD, MS, CIDESCO, is a skin care educator, product developer, therapist, and author.