6 Simple Ways To Treat Chicken Skin At Home Naturally

Date May 8, 2018

Have you noticed small bumps on your arms, buttocks, or back of the thighs? They may look like goosebumps, but they actually aren't. These bumps are commonly called "chicken skin" (their medical name is keratosis pilaris), and they are simply keratin build-up plugging the hair follicles. Keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin condition which may affect as many as 4 in 10 people. The condition doesn't require treatment, but there are a few ways to make the affected areas of your skin smoother and bump-free.

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6 ways to treat keratosis pilaris

Try these tips to reduce the appearance of chicken skin:

1. Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliating the skin on the affected areas can help get rid of keratosis pilaris bumps and prevent keratin from accumulating around the hair follicles again. For this, use a washcloth, loofah, or an exfoliating mitt every once in a while when taking a shower or bath. Although taking hot showers or baths regularly is not recommended, as it can dry out your skin; taking an occasional hot bath and exfoliating your skin in the process may help with your chicken skin problem.

Also, a dermatologist may recommend (or prescribe) a product for exfoliation. These types of products usually contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, urea, or retinoids.

2. Shave with a gel or foam

If your thighs are affected by keratosis pilaris, shaving can make it worse if not done right. So here are a few tips on how to shave right:

  • shave after showering;
  • leave the gel or foam on your skin for several minutes before shaving;
  • apply an aftershave or other moisturizing product after shaving;
  • never dry-shave your thighs or any other area.

3. Try an oatmeal scrub

An oatmeal scrub can help remove dead skin cells, and it also nourishes your skin. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of crushed oatmeal and 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (or water) to make a paste, apply the paste on the affected areas, massage them gently for a few minutes, rinse the paste off, and moisturize afterwards.

In addition to that, taking a warm bath with a cup or two of colloidal oatmeal may help.

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4. Use sandalwood paste

Sandalwood paste is a gentle scrub which can be applied daily. Simply mix sandalwood powder and rose water (1/2 cup each), apply the paste on the areas affected by keratosis pilaris, rub these areas gently for a few minutes, and rinse the paste off. Use the remedy twice daily for a few weeks to get a noticeable effect.

5. Moisturize a few times daily

Dry skin is more prone to keratosis pilaris. Applying a high-quality, creamy moisturizer on your skin several times a day, especially after taking a shower or bath, prevents skin dryness.

Also, use mild soaps and shower gels to prevent your skin from getting dry and irritated.

    6. Use a humidifier

    Dry air can make your skin dry too. If the air in your home is dry, use a humidifier to keep humidity levels normal. Also, as the air outside is dry in cold months, apply a moisturizer before going out in the cold.

    If home remedies aren't enough to get rid of keratosis pilaris, consider consulting a dermatologist for professional treatment.

    Source: American Academy of Dermatology, Everyday Health, Mayo Clinic

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    This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.