Not everyone is familiar with the term Keratosis Pilaris (KP) but when people hear “Chicken Skin” they instantly know what you are talking about. Although this condition is neither contagious nor harmful, the rough, dry and bumpy acne-like spots that mostly appear on the skin of your arms and tights (sometimes on your back, buttocks or even your face) can have a negative impact on your self esteem. After all, who wants to walk around in long sleeves all summer long?
KP is caused by excessive protein called “keratin”. Keratin makes up our hair, nails and skin. When it piles up in the hair follicles KP appears. KP can be difficult to treat and is quite stubborn.
Unfortunately there is no treatment for KP. Although moisturizing the skin can help, it usually does not resolve the problem.
Most Effektive Keratosis Pilaris Home Remedies
Here are some home remedies that are known to help with KP.
1. Clean yourself from the inside out
Very often skin problems such as Keratosis Pilaris are directly related to
- bad eating habits or
- or digestive problems
- ditch junk food
- make sure you are not allergic to gluten as that can also be a source of skin problems
- take probiotic supplements, for example, to restore your gut flora. This is usually not a fast process but the end result is going to be a healthier you overall.
2. Take Vitamin C Supplements
Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin as it
- is responsible for collagen production
- helps to fight free radicals
- can help to reduce inflammation and/or redness
- eat food that is rich in Vitamin C (ideal)
- take a Vitamin C supplement
3. Exfoliation with Baking Soda
KP is caused by clogged hair follicles. Although KP is caused by an overproduction of keratin regular and gentle exfoliation with a mix of baking soda and water (or baking soda and coconut oil if you have sensitive skin) can help to get rid of dead skin cells.
4. Coconut Oil (I recommend Nature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil).
- Apply topically to affected area. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer and does not contain any harmful or irritating ingredients like a lot of kp lotions do. Other than that a lot of people have reported that they have successfully treated their KP with coconut oil. Read my full post about Keratosis Pilaris & Coconut Oil!
- Take coconut oil internally. Coconut oil is healthy and packed with healthy nutrients. Try to integrate 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per day in your diet.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar and/or Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is another remedy that you should have at home because of numerous reasons. One use for ACV is the treatment of KP.
- External treatment: Wash the affected area with ACV and moisturize with Coconut Oil afterwards. A lot of people have had success with this method (including myself).
- Drink ACV on a daily basis (1 teaspoon mixed in 1 large glass of water).
6. Vitamin A
Keratosis Pilaris has been linked to a slight Vitamin A deficiency.
- take Vitamin A supplements
- eat sources rich in Vitamin A (such as carrots)
- break Vitamin A capsules and apply the oil topically to the affected areas
7. Yoghurt Mask
Yoghurt contains lactic acid. Applied as a mask yoghurt acts as a very gentle chemical exfoliant. Spread a thin layer of yoghurt (make sure it’s natural yoghurt without any sugar added!) and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Wash with luke warm water. Apply this mask twice a week for best results.
Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the key essentials when treating KP. However, not all moisturizers are created equal. I always recommend organic skin care as perfumes and chemicals in regular moisturizers can further irritate the skin and make things worse. Avoid ingredients such as alcohol, perfume (even essential oils!) and parabens. My all time favorite body moisturizers are coconut oil and shea butter. Both wont irritate your skin and are highly moisturizing. Don’t forget to make a small patch test before trying anything new to test if you are allergic to any of the ingredients! If you prefer over-the-counter creams or lotions, I recommend reading my article about Keratosis Pilaris Treatment, where I show you the best available options on the market.
What has worked for you? What have you tried so far to treat keratosis pilaris? Let me know in the comments below!