Keratosis pilaris (‘chicken skin’): 15 natural remedies

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Keratosis pilaris (‘chicken skin’): 15 natural remedies
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Keratosis pilaris is a benign problem that gives the appearance permanent goosebumps or “chicken skin”. As well as not being terribly nice to look at, this skin problem can become red and unpleasant to touch, especially in visible areas such as the arms or even the cheeks. Also, when the skin dries out, like in winter, the problem becomes more pronounced. However, there are many natural and easy ways to get rid of it. 

1) Bicarbonate of soda

Prepare a paste made from bicarbonate of soda and water, and rub it on to your skin for a few minutes before rinsing. This excellent natural exfoliant is good for the skin and will solve the problem if applied regularly.

2) A hydrating oat bath

Add a handful of ground oats to a lukewarm bath (hot water will only dry your skin further) and bathe in it for at least a quarter of an hour. Rinse off in the shower and gently dry your skin by dabbing with a towel. Repeat 3 times a week to notice the effects on your skin.

3) Fresh cream and sugar

Mix a teaspoon of sugar with two dessertspoons of fresh cream and apply like a mask. Massage it into the area in circular movements to lightly scrub the skin and to allow the lactic acid to eliminate the keratin built up in the skin.

4) Vitamin A capsules

Excellent for your skin, this vitamin promotes cell regeneration. You can find it in your food, and remember to stock up on seasonal fruit and veg. Be aware that a vitamin supplement added to your drinks can solve many skin problems. You can also break up some Vitamin A capsules and apply the liquid directly to your skin, rubbing in gently and allowing to work for 20 minutes, for some serious skin relief.

5) Organic natural yoghurt

This can help combat drying out of the skin, if you apply a few dessertspoons to the affected areas and leave to work for a quarter of an hour. A lukewarm or cold bath can rinse off the yoghurt, drying gently afterwards.

6) Whole milk baths

A few cups of whole milk in your bath can relieve and soften the skin.

7) Aspirin

Crush some aspirin and add an equal quantity of water to make a paste and apply to the area, rubbing it in gently. You can leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. The aspirin will relieve irritation and redness.