Keratosis pilaris (KP), also called ‘chicken skin’ or ‘goose bumps’, is a genetic disorder. This skin condition usually affects the upper arms, thighs and buttocks. It’s characterized by tiny, red or pink colored skin bumps that are hard to the touch.
Even though it is a benign condition, people affected by Keratosis Pilaris try to get rid of it. Though there’s not many effective solutions for this condition, there’s some natural remedies you can use.
Medically speaking, keratosis pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin. Keratin is a hard protein that protects our skin from harmful substances and infections. The keratin in your skin starts forming a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. This process is also known as hyperkeratinization.
They can make the skin have a sand-paper like texture which is the reason many want to treat this condition.
How To Treat KP
There are unfortunately no cures for keratosis pilaris, only treatments. Next are some really good tips to treat KP at home:
Exfoliating might be one of the most effective ways to improve texture and feel of your skin. Make use of a loofah or rough cloth to gently exfoliate your skin while showering. Scrub gently and not too hard as that could make your condition worse. To make this remedy more effective, purchase a gentle scrub or a microdermabrasion cream that contains natural ingredients.
The combination of physical sloughing and natural ingredients will smooth roughness and unplug the affected follicles. Use warm water when treating keratosis pilaris. While hot water irritates your skin, cold water won’t allow your pores to unplug.
Using a moisturizing cream daily is another really effective way to prevent keratosis pilaris, especially if you use products that contain willow bark extract and snail secretion. The willow bark extract is able to unclog keratin plugs while the snail serum is able to deeply moisturize and regenerate the skin.