Have you ever noticed little red bumps on the backs of your upper arms?
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!