Don’t Pick the Bumps
If you notice the first signs of keratosis pilaris, don’t be tempted to pick them. This may cause an infection that will spread easily on the skin and you might develop acne or other skin condition that you won’t be able to get rid of with home treatments. Instead of picking the spots, follow one of the treatments we describe below from the first moment you see the symptoms of chicken skin. This will guarantee you quick and permanent results.
Home Remedies For Keratosis Pilaris
Chicken skin normally doesn’t develop into any more serious conditions, unless you do something that worsens the symptoms. Instead of running to the doctor, try one of the simple home remedies and your red bumps will disappear in no time.
Baking soda has strong cleansing and exfoliating properties. It is often recommended even for acne treatment. You can make your own exfoliator by mixing two to three tablespoons of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. The amount of each ingredient will depend on the size of the skin area you want to exfoliate. If you want to prepare enough mixture to exfoliate the thighs, you might want to double or triple the quantity.
Mix the ingredients well and apply the paste on the skin affected by keratosis pilaris. Perform a gentle massage with circular movements and leave the mixture on the skin for 15 minutes. Baking soda will dissolve the dead skin cells and after you rinse it off with warm water, you will notice a significant difference in the way your skin feels.
You can also mix baking soda with coconut oil or olive oil to achieve an extra benefit of hydration. In hat case, you can leave the mixture on for up to 20 minutes, to make sure the oils get enough time to penetrate the skin.
Milk and Yogurt
You’ve probably heard about the legendary milk baths that Cleopatra used to take in order to maintain her skin extremely smooth. There is always a bit of truth in every legend and nowadays we know that what had the beneficial effect in her skin treatment were the lactic acids present in milk and yoghurt. If you choose to apply yoghurt on your skin to treat keratosis pilaris, go for natural, unsweetened product without chemical colourants. Soak a cotton ball in yoghurt and apply it on the whole skin area affected by KP. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Milk is a bit more tricky to apply on the skin unless you want to add a few cups of it to every bath you take. Try to soak a clean, cotton cloth in milk and put it over the affected area of skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse the skin with lukewarm water. It’s best to do both of these treatments before you take a bath as you don’t want the smell of milk or yoghurt to stay on your skin.
Sugar and Sour Cream
Another way to make use of the benefits of lactic acid is through the application of sour cream on the skin. You can prepare a scrub of sour cream and brown sugar or kitchen salt. Take ¼ cup of sour cream and add two to three tablespoons of sugar or salt. Mix the ingredients well and apply on the skin, then perform a gentle massage and rinse the scrub off with warm water. Repeat the process every two to three days until your skin becomes smooth again. It’s also recommended to use this scrub once a week after you finish the treatment in order to prevent keratosis pilaris from reoccurring.
This vitamin can be used both externally and internally in the treatment of keratosis pilaris. Vitamin A contains retinol – a substance used in the treatment of acne and wrinkles – which promotes skin rejuvenation and help remove dead skin cells that block the openings of hair follicles. To use it topically, take four to five vitamin A capsules and break them to get the oil from the inside. Apply the liquid over the whole area where your skin is covered with red bumps and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and finish the treatment off by moisturising the skin.
For best results, take vitamin A as a supplement or add some products rich in vitamin A to your diet. Some of the foods that contain a high level of this vitamin are tomatoes, carrots, strawberries and papaya.
To reduce the redness of the bumps on your skin and to hydrate the problematic area well, you can use coconut oil. It has become a popular ingredient of moisturising and antibacterial cosmetics due to its versatile properties. Thanks to the fact that coconut oil reduces the inflammation, the symptoms of keratosis pilaris will become less visible after just three or four sessions of coconut oil treatment. Heat ¼ cup of coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot so that you don’t burn your skin. Use a cotton ball to apply coconut oil on the chicken skin. Leave it on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water. Coconut oil is very safe for the skin so if you wish, you can also leave it on the skin overnight, but make sure you put on clothes that will protect the sheets from getting in contact with the product as the stains might be very difficult to remove.