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Remedies for keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a harmless condition of the skin that results to dry, coarse patches and small-sized lumps frequently on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks and cheeks. This condition does not cause pain or itchiness and disappears at age 30.

Keratosis pilaris is also called “chicken skin”. It develops when there is excess keratin protein found in the skin that causes the clogging up of the follicles of hair, thus resulting to the formation of bumps on the skin that can be felt like sandpaper and appears as goose flesh. Keratosis pilaris is hereditary and can be caused by eczema and other dry skin conditions and becomes worse during winter.

Symptoms of keratosis pilaris

  • Dry and rough skin in the area with bumps
  • Painless small bumps, usually on the upper arms, cheeks, thighs or buttocks
  • Becomes worse with seasonal changes such as low humidity
  • Sandpaper-like bumps that looks similar to goose flesh
    Keratosis pilaris

    Painless small bumps, usually on the upper arms, cheeks, thighs or buttocks

Causes

Keratosis pilaris is caused by the accumulation of keratin which is a hard protein that protects the skin from infections and harmful substances.

The keratin develops a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the follicles of hair and usually several plugs can develop and cause patches of rough and bumpy skin.

Treatment

  • In a bathtub filled with warm water, mix one cup of Epsom salt until completely dissolved. Soak in the solution for at least 20 minutes and pat dry and apply coconut oil or a moisturizer. Repeat this process several times every week. Another alternative is mixing a handful of epsom salt and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well and gently scrub on the affected area at least 1-2 times a week. Epsom salt is rich in minerals and softens dry, hard skin, eliminates toxins and relieves itchiness.
  • Exfoliate the skin using sea salt to unclog the pores and softens rough skin. Sea salt also eliminates toxins from the skin. Mix ½ cup of grapeseed oil or almond oil and one tablespoon grapefruit essential oil with a cup of sea salt. Mix well and place the mixture on the affected area and scrub on the affected areas. Rinse off and apply moisturizer on the skin. Repeat this process at least 1-2 times a week.
  • Take a warm bath at least 10 minutes only to prevent dryness of the skin.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air inside the house.
  • Stick with a diet containing Vitamin A and E because the condition is usually caused by a deficiency in Vitamin A.
  • Oatmeal relieves dry and itchy skin. It also eliminates accumulation of dead skin cells. Grind 1/3 cup of oatmeal in a food processor to a fine powder. Mix the grounded oatmeal in a bathtub filled with warm water and soak in the solution for at least 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process at least once a week. Another option is to make a paste by mixing oatmeal with a few drops of warm water and gently rub on the affected skin and leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and apply a moisturizer on the area.

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