What is Keratosis Pilaris? A common skin condition, Keratosis Pilaris treatment doesn't have to be harsh to get rid of bumps on skin. Try these natural treatments to help reduce that Keratosis Pilaris chicken skin feeling.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is completely harmless but can be difficult to keep under control. Sometimes referred to as 'chicken skin', it presents itself as dry, rough patches of bumps on skin, which can appear on your upper thighs, back of your arms and even on your face. If you struggle with this chicken skin on arms, legs or your face, you're not alone. Approximately 40% of adults and 80% of adolescents have these Keratosis Pilaris bumps somewhere on their bodies.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris?
Although this condition can appear at any age, it can begin to show signs in young children. This condition can appear all year round, however, it is prone to flare-ups in cold climates. Often the cause of Keratosis Pilaris is due to a buildup of Keratin in the hair follicle in the skin. Keratin is a protein naturally produced in the body, and can form a plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. These plugs are what create the rough, bumpy patches of skin, which can also be flaky and dry.2
How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris
While there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris, there a number of different remedies to help get it under control. Read on to figure out how to treat chicken skin at home!
The Keratosis Pilaris diet
Many people with Keratosis Pilaris find that a specific Keratosis Pilaris diet can ease their symptoms. Some simple dietary changes combined with regular topical treatments can help improve the appearance of these bumps. You can try cutting out dairy or gluten products from your diet for two weeks and see if you can notice an improvement. Some naturopaths claim it is caused by your body's inability to process casein or dairy protein. If signs improve, try swapping dairy products like milk to soy or nut milk and avoid gluten if you think this may also be an issue for you. In this case it is recommended to visit a naturopath or your healthcare professional to ensure your body is receiving all the vitamins it needs. Keratosis Pilaris may also be a sign of vitamin, zinc, magnesium or vitamin B deficiency, and a naturopath or your healthcare professional can address these issues.
Topically treating Keratosis Pilaris at home
Our in-house Nourished Life Naturopath Mel also recommends these easy, day-to-day topical steps for a Keratosis Pilaris home remedy program to keep Keratosis Pilaris under control.
1. The first step is exfoliation! Regular exfoliation can help to smooth the skin and buff away any bumps - don't try to scratch them off! However, this step alone will not address the inflammation at the base of the hair follicle.
2. Use a hard-working moisturiser. Regularly moisturising softens dry skin and can promote cell turnover, preventing blocked pores.
3. Avoid synthetic ingredients commonly found in mainstream scrubs and lotions as these can make the skin dry.2
4. Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris is all about consistency, so once you find a routine that works, stick to it.
The best Keratosis Pilaris treatment products
Whether you're treating Keratosis Pilaris on your face or on your body, we've rounded up our favourite natural Keratosis Polaris products and remedies to keep chicken skin at bay! From exfoliators like scrubs and body brushes to moisturisers like creams, lotions and coconut oil, treat your KP with ease using these treatments at-home:
Natural body scrubs to smooth Keratosis Pilaris
Body scrubs and exfoliators are so helpful for buffing away dead skin, unclogging pores, and encouraging skin cell turnover. Gentle exfoliation helps smooth your chicken skin and bumps, however, avoid harsh scrubbing which can irritate and worsen your KP.
We have so many amazing natural scrubs here on Nourished Life, but I am particularly partial to the benefits of coffee scrubs.
Ethique Lime & Ginger Body Polish
Packed with deeply exfoliating Pumice and Coffee Beans, the Ethique Lime & Ginger Body Polish is a solid body scrub that thoroughly buffs away dead skin cells to help unclog blocked pores. The active ingredients in this scrub include Pumice and Bamboo to scrub you clean, with Coconut Oil and Cacao Butter to hydrate. This scrub is naturally scented with Lime and Ginger oils giving it a delicious, zesty, warming fragrance.
Mineral Fusion Body Scrub - Kona Coffee
Another natural treatment for bumps on arms is the Mineral Fusion Kona Coffee Body Scrub, a creamy whipped Coffee body scrub that contains exfoliating Ground Kona Coffee and Pumice to loosen build-up and remove dry skin, while hydrating Hyaluronic Acid plumps and helps to even skin tone and nourishing Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil and Avocado restore skin with soothing moisture. Apply to damp skin and gently massage in circular motions to stimulate blood flow. Pair with the Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliant Glove for a more intense scrub.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub
If you have Keratosis Pilaris on the face, try the bestselling Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub. It is ideal for Keratosis Pilaris as it contains exfoliating Walnut Shell Flour, French Green Clay and Lemon Peel Granules as well as natural fruit acids from Acai, Blackberry and Pomegranate to help dissolve and scrub away bumps and polish the complexion. Use three times per week for best results, following with moisturiser after each use.
Dry body brushing for Keratosis Pilaris
Hydrea Vegan Dry Body Brush
One of the best tips for getting rid of Keratosis Pilaris is to dry body brush! Used daily, the Hydrea Vegan Dry Body Brush works as a Keratosis Pilaris treatment, helping to smooth bumps by stimulating circulation and the lymphatic system and working to brush away dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin. Cut on a smooth angle, the bristles on this brush are specially designed not to scratch skin. Brush affected areas each morning before showering, moving upward towards the heart.
Body creams & lotions for Keratosis Pilaris
Moisturising your face and body is super important when treating Keratosis Pilaris, which can help in preventing block pores and developing bumps in the first place.
Elektra Magnesium Cream
Topical use of a Magnesium cream can help soothe and hydrate dry, flaky skin. My all-time favourite Magnesium cream is the Elektra Magnesium Cream - Island Spice. Used on the affected area it can help to keep that chicken skin feeling under control, rich in replenishing Magnesium Chloride as well as natural butters and oils such as Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter and Hemp Oil. This deeply nourishing daily Magnesium moisturiser can be applied all over the body, including the face.
SKIN by ecostore Rejuvenating Body Moisturiser
Designed to condition dehydrated skin, the SKIN by ecostore Rejuvenating Body Moisturiser is a wonderful, dermatologically tested daily moisturiser for dry skin which can be used on Keratosis Pilaris, it can help to smooth bumps on skin and deliver a burst of moisture. Rich in essential fatty acids from Blackcurrant and Grape Seed extracts, this gentle yet powerful body lotion also contains creamy Shea Butter which may help soften existing bumps and reduce new bumps from forming.
Coconut oil as a Keratosis Pilaris home remedy
Coconut oil is also a fantastic treatment for Keratosis Pilaris at home! As it contains Lauric Acid which can help to break up Keratin, and avoid build-up, reducing the appearance of bumps on the back of the arms and body. It is also rich in both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness.
Coconut Magic Organic Coconut Oil
I love the Coconut Magic Organic Coconut Oil, which contains nothing but cold-pressed, 100% Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, rich in skin-loving saturated fats and essential fatty acids. For on the go, I definitely recommend the Coconut Magic Organic Oil Trio Pack so you will never be without your Coconut Oil. Keep one in your bathroom, one on your desk and one in your handbag! Simply target application to any area of dryness or bumps on the skin.
Shower filter for Keratosis Pilaris
Waters Co Therapy Shower Filter
My last recommendation for Keratosis Pilaris treatment is the Waters Co Therapy Shower Filter. Once attached to your shower, this shower filter is designed to remove chlorine, dirt, rusts and other nasties from your water flow, which can contribute to skin irritation and build-up in pores. This detoxifying shower filter uses Vitamin C and natural Sea Collagen designed to plump and hydrate the skin. It's ideal for anyone with dry, flaky or sensitive skin prone which can be prone to Keratosis Pilaris.
Sources: 1 Body and Soul, 2 Health Direct.