Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that shows itself as numerous small, or red bumps usually on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. It is similar to “goose bumps,” or “chicken skin” appearance on the skin. Keratosis pilaris is somehow displeasing in appearance but it is not contagious and it is not painful. Apparently it affects 50% of the population.
What causes keratosis pilaris?
There seems to be a problem with the overproduction of the keratin part of the skin called hyperkeratinization. The bumps in keratosis pilaris seem to appear from an accumulation of keratin in the pores which will clog them and also trap some hair follicles inside. It is said that Keratosis pilaris is inherited in origin. About 50%-70% of patients with keratosis pilaris have a known genetic predisposition. However, just because you have a gene for something everything you do and your lifestyle will affect whether or not that gene expresses. What I mean is that food, hydration, exercise, the toxins level, stress etc will all affect your overall body balance and this will be a big factor in whether your predispositions to an affection will happen or not. So, in order to keep your skin health under balance you will have to work from inside out and provide your body the necessary nutrients or/ and take out the junk food that makes you toxic.
I used to have a mild form of keratosis pilaris. In my case genes do not play a role since I have never seen it run in my family, in fact I did not even know it was a skin condition before researching more on the internet and seeing pictures. After I cleaned my diet and lifestyle in general it completely went away and never got it again.
External reliefs and treatments
1. Cleaning well your skin
One important factor is cleaning well your skin on the inside which means taking care of the nutrition part and on the outside as well. Our body always functions better when it is properly hydrated so drink enough water and keep the skin hydrated because it is essential to body healing.
- Avoid using soaps that contain toxins and chemicals such as urea, propylene glycol, and lactic acid, and other harsh chemicals or additives.
- Use a soft skin cleanser together with a lofa which will gently exfoliate your skin
When you are done with cleaning the affected area, it is time for exfoliation of your skin. You can get rid of some of the keratin plugs caused by keratosis pilaris by gently scrubbing the area with a soft exfoliant:
- Use a homemade scrub as simple as sugar with honey and massage the skin well before washing it. This will help you get rid of most of the bumps and will soften the skin.
- In my opinion the best exfoliants are sugar, salt and coffee. Mixing them with olive oil and a bit of water will result in a powerful exfoliating mix.
Another important factor is moisturizing the affected area. There are different creams and lotions that are available on the market but I especially recommend natural remedies or oils.
In my case, the best oils that I used were:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Sweet almond oil
4. Use a dry brush
If used regularly, a dry skin brush can help a lot this condition. Dry brushing can help prevent the hair follicles from becoming clogged and will increase circulation and drainage which will improve skin health and appearance.
Internal reliefs and treatments
The most effective natural cures for Keratosis pilaris
Like all chronic skin conditions, the root cause of Keratosis Pilaris is the result of an internal imbalance. All chronic skin conditions indicate that the internal organs are not properly processing nutrients and/or toxins. The steps mentioned above will help you reduce the bumps on the skin and diminish their appearance and redness however it will not eliminate them. Any toxins that you have in your body will be pushed outward to the skin as a detoxification process.
Here are 4 steps to help you move towards healing Keratosis Pilaris:
1) Eat a whole-food diet and try to avoid gluten and sugars
For treating Keratosis Pilaris it is also important to eliminate: sugar, processed foods, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients. As it was my case, an allergy to gluten can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. If you suspect a particular food to be the cause of this single out each individual food and remove it for at least 6 weeks to see if the Keratosis Pilaris improves.
2) Stock on Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The best sources of of Omega-3s are
- Hemp, Pumpkin, Evening Primrose, Borage, Black Cumin Seeds and Oils
- Pomegranate Seeds & Oils
- Fish oils
3) Balance your Intestinal Flora
When you have Keratosis Pilaris, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your intestinal flora is healthy. If you took antibiotics or had a high glycemic diet full of sugars and processed foods your flora might be damaged and supplementation with probiotics will help tremendously.
4) Eat foods rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin C
One deficiency you might have that is causing Keratosis Pilaris might be Vitamin A. Without enough Vitamin A, the skin cells manufacture excess keratin which is responsible for the builds up. Secondly, another important vitamin is Vitamin C which reduces inflammation and is required for collagen formation.
Keratosis Pilaris is not a permanent condition you have to live with and genetics only plays a small role. By removing allergenic foods, eating a nutrient rich healthy diet together with proper exfoliation and moisturizing, you can be free of the chicken skin forever.
Did you have Keratosis Pilaris and cured it? What worked for you and what aggravated this condition in your case? Comment down below and let us know what is your opinion on that. If you liked this post remember to share it so others can benefit as well.