Chicken skin or Keratosis Pilaris (KP for short) is a common skin condition characterized by bumpy skin. It is a benign though ugly skin condition which could prevent one from wearing short sleeves or sleeveless dresses. The white bumps are typically present on the arms, legs, face and buttocks. Though not harmful, keratosis is unsightly and often an embarrassing condition. Today, we will enlist a few home remedies to help you overcome this issue.
1. Daily buffing
This is the simplest, all natural cure for Keratosis. Before you shower, apply some coconut oil on the bumps. This will moisturize the dry skin. During shower, use a puff, a loofah or boar bristle brush on the bumps. After showering, apply a moisturizer immediately to soften the skin and seal in the moisture. Do this daily to reduce the bumpy appearance.
2. Apple cider vinegar
There is a reason why you should always keep a bottle of Apple cider vinegar in your home. This superfood is useful for hundreds of health and beauty issues including Keratosis Pilaris. You can also use apple cider vinegar on the bumpy skin daily before showering. Wait for 20 minutes, and then bathe as usual. You can also use a buff on the skin as mentioned above. Wash your skin with a mild moisturizing soap. Repeat this natural cure for chicken skin daily until the skin softens.
3. Sugar and Lemon juice
Blend 2 tablespoons of sugar with a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil. Use the mixture as a scrub all over the tiny white bumps. The sugar exfoliates clogged pores and the oil moisturizes dry skin. Lemon juice acts as a toner, cleanser and astringent to cleanse and detoxify the skin thoroughly. Use this remedy at least once a week.
4. Sea salt and oil for Keratosis Pilaris
For a really effective at home exfoliation, use a soaked flannel cloth in hot water all over the tiny bumps. Briskly rub your arms with the cloth everywhere you have the chicken skin. Next, massage your skin with a mixture of sea salt and olive oil. Let the mixture remain on the skin for half an hour. Wipe off with a dry flannel briskly until the skin is dry.
5. Witch Hazel
Natural salicytate compounds in witch hazel help remove the tiny white bumps of chicken skin. Use witch hazel all over the arms or face daily to get rid of chicken skin naturally.
6. Bentonite clay mask
Many people have effectively used bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris in less than 2 weeks. Continue using this remedy once a week to maintain skin smoothness.
7. Glycolic acid and lactic acid peels
Use a slightly chemical approach to get rid of chicken skin which is characterized by tiny white bumps. Apply exfoliating AHAs (Alpha hydroxyl acids) to peel away the skin. You can also go for at home microdermabrasion to permanently get rid of Keratosis.
8. Use coconut oil or coconut milk
Apply organic coconut oil mixed with soy lecithin and apple cider vinegar every day after showering on the Keratosis Pilaris bumps. This helps moisturize dry skin and prevents new bumps from forming. Coconut oil mixed with apple cider vinegar can also heal chicken skin completely. You can even apply Coconut milk daily post bathing to see results.
9. Apply oatmeal
Oatmeal is naturally soothing and also hydrates the skin. Colloidal oatmeal can be used to exfoliate dry and dead skin. This remedy moisturizes dry and dull skin and heals Keratosis Pilaris.
10. Get rid of stress and anxiety
Many skin problems have an origin in mental issues like stress, anxiety and depression. To get rid of these, practice mind body techniques like Yoga or meditation. Do some deep breathing exercises and practice mindfulness. Exercise daily so that your skin throws out toxins through the sweat which keeps the skin clear.
11. Check underlying deficiencies
Many times, Keratosis pilaris can be attributed to underlying deficiency like Vitamin A or Vitamin K. Talk to your doctor about supplementing for these. Topical application of vitamin A creams (Retinol) can also help reduce appearance of KP.
12. Omega 3 supplements
A deficiency in Omega 3 essential fatty acids can also cause Keratosis. Take a spoonful of cod liver oil or fish oil supplement daily having a good ratio of EPA and DHA. Also eat walnuts and flaxseeds.
13. Supplement with probiotic foods
Probiotic foods strengthen the body’s defenses against bacteria and viruses. Eat plenty of probiotic foods like kefir, miso and sauerkraut. Take probiotic supplements to increase the good bacteria and fight yeasts and harmful bacteria.
14. Turmeric and ginger
15. Borage oil Grapeseed oil and Evening primrose oil
All of these oils are rich in GLA or gamma linoleic acid as well as omega 3 essential fatty acids. Apply any one or all these oils topically to your KP bumps. You can also take Evening primrose oil supplements under the guidance of your health care provider. Make an exfoliating scrub of Grapeseed oil and coffee grounds to apply to the bumps before shower. Wash off with Castile soap.
16. Apply Vitamin E oil
Open a couple of capsules of Vitamin E and mix the contents with Coconut or Jojoba oil. Apply the mixture to the keratosis bumps. Used daily.
17. Bathe with Goat milk soap or Castile soap
These soaps are mild and moisturize the skin. They do not strip your skin of natural oils. Used regularly, you can see great results as far as Keratosis pilaris is concerned.
18. Dietary changes
Reduce your intake of dairy. As a part of your keratosis pilaris diet, eat more alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables. Also reduce your intake of red meat. Drink raw green juices and smoothies each morning. Limit your caffeine and alcohol. Many people have seen great results by limiting refined grains. Eat plenty of fatty fish rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
19. Get some sun
Too much of sun exposure may be bad for the skin, but a little bit can actually be good for KP sufferers. Many dermatologists also recommend this natural cure for KP. Use this remedy cautiously.
Try these natural cures for Keratosis Pilaris and let us know how the results are!