How To Kick Keratosis Pilaris To The Proverbial Curb

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Get Rid of Keratosis PilarisHave you ever noticed little red bumps on the backs of your upper arms?

I have.

These annoying marks stand out like sore thumb and drive me bananas. It’s not like they itch or anything, but they look terrible and when the rest of my skin is so clear, I can’t for the life of myself understand why my arms wouldn’t be too.

That being said, I decided to do something about it.

At first, I thought I might be having an allergic reaction to my body wash, but it seems to be more than that. And let’s be real for a moment, I’ve had these red bumps for years, and no new body wash has made them disappear.

So what are these red marks? Let’s discuss…

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is the fancy name given to those red upper arm bumps. A more common name would be “chicken skin.” Gross, I know.

This skin ailment is not just found on the upper arms, but also commonly the thighs and tushy areas. Basically, it is caused by a build up of keratin in hair follicle which causes it to look like mild acne. This issue – affecting 40% of adults, I might add – flares up even more when your skin is dry…which is why we always tell you to moisturize. Don’t make me tell you “I told you so.”

The root of this issue seems to lie in the keratin buildup, but how exactly does this happen? First of all, keratin is a hard protein that protects your skin from infectious and harmful substances that may come in contact with it.

The buildup of keratin is often times a result of keratin being trapped under dead skin cells and not being able to go anywhere. As more keratin is product, the more it backs up et voila, chicken skin.

How To Fix It

I wouldn’t be much help if I didn’t offer you a solution, so here goes; 3 quick cures for KP.

Use The Right Soap

We know all about parabens and how they are toxic, harsh ingredients and how they dry us out, but we rarely put our knowledge to use. Well today that stops.

If you are dealing with a case of KP, then it’s time to flip that bottle of soap over and read the ingredients list. You are going to want to avoid any and all sulfates. Sulfates exacerbate the issue and lead to more bumps and blunders.

Scrub Your Trouble Spots

Yea, yea, you know the power of exfoliation, well start using it! Using a DIY body scrub is key to dealing with this issue.

Try mixing together this simple scrub and using it thrice (that’s 3 x’s!) weekly.

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 10 drops Tea Tree Oil

Blend all the ingredients together and gently scrub over your KP areas. If you are consistent with this scrub, you should begin to see results in a a week or two.

Lock In Moisture

Your body needs hydration to stave off those ugly bumps, so give it what it needs. Use a nourishing lotion daily to keep your skin from drying out and fueling this problem.

If you aren’t keen on store bought products, natural moisturizers like Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter are all great alternatives.

If you’ve got a case of the KP, what have you done to help get rid of it? Share below in the comment section!



10 comments… add one

  • Thank you very much for this scrub recipe!
    If been struggling with KP for over 20 years now (since puberty started…) and tried very much different “solutions”.
    Here in Germany KP is also called “Reibeisenhaut”, which means “grater skin” – and that’s what it looks and feels like.
    I have KP not only on the back of my upper arms, it’s also on the topside of my forearms. And that’s really ugly and awkward!
    The dermatologist told me to use balms with urea, lactic acid or salicylic acid – but these are really expensive if you have to use them every day (and you have to).
    At the moment I’m giving coconut oil a try. I use it every day like a body lotion. Feels like it helps, but with your scrub it will be much more effective!

  • I really hope it works for you. I’ve noticed such a huge difference in my upper arm area since using this myself!

  • Fantastic! both my daughter and myself suffer from this, thanks for the info.

  • Awesome! Hope you both like it :)

  • Have you ever tried using any of the KP Duty products? They are very pricey but the reviews are great. Im skeptical about purchasing the products, however this cold dry winter isnt helping and coconut oil isnt seeming to help that much..Normally it does but KP has flared up and worse than ever…
    wondering if I should buy the KP Duty product line…

  • No, sorry. I’ve never tried those. I’d be interested to hear how they work though! Keep us posted ;)

  • I got rid of KP a couple years back.

    It took me a couple months to get rid of it. All I did was to make sure to use a moisturizer (no special ingredients – Avalon Organics Aloe Unscented) everyday and humidifier.

    Any scrubs wreak havoc on my skin so I avoid them. I also do not use soap on that area.

    My husband has it but it does not bother him. To each their own.

  • I’ve been using these methods for the past few weeks and I’m stoked to see it disappear too!

  • Hello I’m a 22 year old guy and
    I’m not sure if 100% kp is what I have I got prescribed medication for acne it didn’t do anything but my skin is like red little bumps that don’t hurt but I see the bumps coming they are white enlarged hair follies then turn red it’s not bumps that I can’t pop or anything like acne it’s just red bumps

  • Sounds like you probably do have KP. Try gently exfoliating the area daily and be sure to follow it up with a good moisturizer. You really want to slough away the poor skin cells and nourish the baby ones below! Hope that helps!


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