Honey and Brown Sugar
Honey nourishes the skin, helps remove dead cells, kills the bacteria and reduces the inflammation and leaves the skin smooth. When you mix it with brown sugar, you get a home-made, organic scrub that will make your skin soft and bump-free. You just need to use it regularly, three to four times a week, until you achieve satisfying results. Take four tablespoons of organic honey and mix it with two tablespoons of brown sugar. Apply the scrub on the affected skin and perform a gentle massage with circular motions. Remember not to press too hard as both ingredients of the scrub have exfoliating properties and you might actually aggravate the symptoms by massaging the skin too vigorously. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile products used in home skin treatments. It has antibacterial, antifungal and exfoliating properties. Apple cider vinegar also boosts the blood circulation, which in turn accelerates the regeneration of skin cells and helps get rid of keratosis pilaris in a shorter time. Apple cider vinegar might be a bit harsh on the skin if you apply it undiluted so it’s best to mix equal parts of vinegar and water, then soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it on the skin covered with red bumps. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat the process every two days to get satisfying results. You can boost the treatment by daily drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in half a cup of warm water. It has beneficial effects not only on your skin but the overall health.
Oat Bath and Oat Scrub
Oats have exfoliating and moisturising properties. You can use them in two different ways in the treatment of keratosis pilaris. The first one is mixing it with honey to create a scrub that will help remove dead skin cells. Fill a ¼ cup with organic honey and add two tablespoons of finely ground oatmeals. Mix the ingredients well and apply the fresh scrub on the skin. Perform a gentle massage and leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes. Honey and oats will leave the skin soft, smooth and nourished if you repeat the treatment regularly for at least three weeks.
Alternatively, you can add a cup of ground oats to the bath and soak your body in it for 20 to 30 minutes. For extra exfoliating and skin softening results, add two cups of whole milk to the water. Don’t forget to rinse the entire skin well afterwards and try not to let the oats get into your hair as they might be difficult to remove. You can use a shower cap to avoid the problem.
Olive oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, therefore, can often be found in various hydrating lotions and creams. It works best, however, if you apply it directly on the skin. You can apply it directly on the skin with a cotton ball, leave it on for half an hour and rinse it off with warm water. Make sure the liquid doesn’t come in contact with clothes as it’s virtually impossible to remove the stains. Alternatively, you can add half a cup of olive oil to the bath or mix some olive oil with brown sugar and use it as a scrub.
Aspirin has antibacterial and exfoliating properties. When used on the areas affected by keratosis pilaris, it reduces the inflammation and redness and accelerates the skin cells regeneration process by helping to exfoliate and dissolve the dead cells. Depending on the size of the area you want to treat, you will need between two and six aspirin tablets. Crush them with a mortar and pestle and add some water, but only enough to turn the aspirin into a paste. Apply the mixture on the affected skin and massage this area gently. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes and massage the skin once again with wet hands before you rinse the scrub off. For best result, repeat the process three to four times a week and finish every treatment with a moisturising body lotion.
Certain vitamins and minerals are very important for healthy and smooth skin. If you have problems with keratosis pilaris, you should increase the intake of:
• Vitamin E – present in spinach, nuts, sunflower seeds, avocado, fish, olive oil, broccoli, squash, pumpkin and kiwi;
• Vitamin A – plentiful in carrots, sweet potato, carrots, strawberries, papaya, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, dried apricots, melon, sweet red peppers, tuna and mango;
• Omega 3 acids – foods that provide its high level are: flaxseed oil, salmon, mackerel, chia seeds, nuts, basil and oregano;
• Omega 6 acids – you can find plenty of them in chicken, turkey, sunflower oil, dairy, eggs and beef.