Bumpy skin or sometimes referred to as “chicken skin” is often experienced more in women. This bumpy skin condition is most prevalent on the back of arms and inside and back of thighs. There is no actual pain or itch associated with it just a rough textured, reddish, rash appearance that causes more of a confidence issue than anything else! I know this because I too am part chicken 🙂
Even though there is actually no cure, there are ways to treat bumpy skin naturally. But first let’s dive into what this actually is and how it occurs.
The real name of this fun condition is Keratosis Pilaris. Sometimes we see it clearing up in your late thirties, however due to hormonal fluctuations it may re-appear later in life but in general it something that occurs in teenager and young adult women who have fair skin. It is harmless and definitely not contagious, your arms and thighs only feel like sandpaper!
This genetic condition occurs when there is a build up of keratin, which is a hair protein, in the pores. So instead of a hair follicle popping out when it has grown, the blocked pores instead produce a pretty little bump clogged with keratin.
If you have any of these other conditions then you are prone to develop chicken skin:
- dry skin
- hay fever
we all tend to overlook the importance of this step in basic skin care, for bumpy skin this is even more importance to get rid of dead skin cells. Home made remedies work wonders with sugar and argon / coconut or olive oil. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a brilliant natural exfoliant and if you combine it with equal part water apply to areas with a cotton pad in a dabbing motion. It has so many healing properties and will stop fungus and bacteria in its tracks. Baking soda also goes a long way to remove dead skin and worked onto skin as a paste and then soaked off your body will be renewed and glowing.
Luke Warm Bath
its necessary to take a soak in not too hot tub of water and try using a stiff brush to remove the bumps. Don’t spend too much time in here as you will dry out your skin by removing the much-needed natural oils. Oatmeal is a great natural way to soak in a bath to restore skin’s moisture and sooth of any irritation.
Omega – 3
This fatty acid is a SUPER hero for all kinds of diseases and conditions.
The main reason it is so effective for Keratosis Pilaris is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. You can find the best sources of omega-3 in the following super foods:
- flaxseed oil
You can also include omega-3 as a supplement daily to get in higher amounts. These are readily available at retail stores and on-line.
I think by now you would have seen I recommend water without fail on my site for vital skin health. That is because I truly believe in its health benefits and especially with dry, rough skin needing extra nourishment its a remedy not to be ignored.
Drink as much as possible, try to get 2L in daily and flavor with lemon or make herbal teas.
I have mentioned it earlier for an exfoliant but its truly a natural all over moisturizer. Try to replace your normal moisturizer with coconut oil every evening for a month and your skin will be renewed and repaired while you sleep.
Yet another natural super oil and you probably have it in your kitchen right no! So don’t delay and use it as I mentioned earlier in this article as an exfoliant with sugar or just as replacement to your normal moisturizer. Its packed with vitamin E and will nourish all the dry bumpy problems.
The Best Vitamin to reduce bumps
Of all the vitamins for healthy skin care vitamin A is the best for treating Keratosis Pilaris.
- It promotes natural moisturizing
- strengthens the outer layer of the skin in firmness
- stimulates the production of natural protein
- helps prevent breakouts as it is an immune booster for the skin
Found in a variety of food it is really easy to consume a diet high in vitamin A :
- cod liver oil
- sweet potatoes
- leafy green veggies
If you feel your diet does not give you enough A then taking a daily supplement or multivitamin is the next option.
Don’t consume too much of this vitamin as it has serious side effects that could leave your skin drier than before and other health conditions as the its stored in the liver and too much is toxic.
Always seek advice from a health care professional when you introduce a new vitamin or increase dosage to your diet.
To sum it all up
This skin condition is harmless and its genetic, it is basically a keratin build up in our pores and found mostly where new hair follicles are meant to sprout. There is no cure but various “home lab” treatments are available.
Try to stay in warm water for shorter periods but drink lots and lots of it . Stick to a good healthy diet high in vitamin A & E.
Ensure that you are well lubricated with natural healers like olive and coconut oil and they can also be used to exfoliate just add sugar!
The tighter your clothing is the more discomfort you will experience so don’t irritate your bumps and dress less stressed. Make sure you get the maximum hours of sleep for your skin to heal and sparkle. Always seek a health care professionals help when increasing vitamins to your diet or if you feel the condition is becoming worse.
Love your skin , naturally!