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Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin)

We all strive for smooth, soft, hydrated supple skin, but what if you are someone who suffers from  bumps no matter what, you may be suffering from keratosis pilaris.

Keratosis pilaris or chicken skin is a common skin condition that causes patches of rough feeling bumps to appear on the skin. These tiny bumps or pimples are actually dead skin cells plugging hair follicles. These bumps sometimes appear red or brown in color.

Chicken skin is commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. Chicken skin isn’t contagious and these bumps don’t usually cause any discomfort or itching. This condition is known to worsen in the winter months when the skin tends to dry out, and may also worsen during pregnancy.

But do not fear, this is a very common skin condition that poses no health threats. 

If you have itchy bumpy chicken skin, you’re probably trying to figure out how the heck to get rid of it. While there is no cure in western medicine, there are ways to manage it and reduce the appearance.

Here are a few ways to deal with the condition naturally: 

Warm baths. Taking short, warm baths can help to unclog and loosen pores. Rub your skin with a stiff brush to potentially remove bumps. It’s important to limit your time in the bath, however, because longer wash times can remove the body’s natural oils.

Exfoliation. Daily exfoliation can help to improve the appearance of the skin. Gently removing dead skin with a loofah or pumice stone. 

Coconut oil. Coconut oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a base to a sugar scrub to help exfoliate and soothe itchy, dry skin.

Avoid tight clothes. Wearing tight clothes can cause friction that can irritate the skin.

Humidifiers. Humidifiers add moisture to the air in a room, which can maintain the moisture in your skin and prevent itchy flare ups.

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