It’s shorts and sleeveless season! And that means about 40% of us will notice hard little bumps scattered on our arms, shoulders, backs, butts or thighs that typically don’t come with other symptoms aside from occasional itchiness. If you’ve tried to treat these stubborn growths in the past, you know that traditional cleansers and scrubs have no clearing effect.
Chicken skin bumps – such a simple yet instantly identifiable description of the skin problem named keratosis pilaris (commonly dubbed “KP”)
Chicken skin treatments can help alleviate the occurrence of the skin bumps but if we take a look at this closely, we can learn why and how it happens. Chicken skin occurs in our skin, the biggest organ in the body. This suggests the very first line of defense is eliminating any sort of contaminants that could have an impact to our skin.
How does this occur in our skin? As the body sheds excess skin cells, they can build up on the surface. Sweat and the body’s natural processes can help them build up around the hair follicles causing reddish bumps to appear. Now, skin has many millions of cells and if we aggravate our skin, it responds to that aggravation. As the irritation and inflammation grows our skin obtains painful red patches that can be mistaken for acne or a rash. This is how skin cells react to inflammations.
KP is somewhat more common in children and adolescents; 50 to 80% of children have KP. Adults needn’t feel neglected. Keratosis pilaris affects 4 out of every 10 adults, too. Women are slightly more prone to developing keratosis pilaris. Most people with KP are unaware that not only is there a designated medical term for the condition, but that treatment exists.
Keratosis pilaris is hereditary, inherited as an autosomal dominant gene. This is similar to the brown versus blue eye color phenomenon. All it takes is a single gene from either parent to find oneself with less than perfectly smooth skin. But not everyone can point a finger at who’s to blame since only 30 to 50% of KP patients have a positive family history.
In general, keratosis pilaris is aesthetically displeasing, but medically harmless. It’s always possible that it might become more noticeable at puberty. It’s caused because excess skin cells build up around individual hair follicles. Sometimes, a hair is unable to reach the surface and becomes trapped beneath the debris. During puberty, this is an ideal set-up for triggering follicular acne. But more often than not, KP improves with age.
Keratosis pilaris creates havoc with the skin’s surface as a raised, rough, bumpy texture and uneven nutmeg-grater appearance forms. It is often quite noticeable. Inflammation within each hair follicle can cause embarrassing pinpoint red or brown polka dots to form beneath each miniature mound of keratin. Seasonal fluctuations can be seen with improvement more likely during the summer.
While keratosis pilaris is painless and doesn’t itch or burn, it can still be a bother to those who have it. Let’s look at a few home remedies that will help you treat bumps on your skin.
An article from Top 10 Home Remedies states that apple cider vinegar works wonders for keratosis pilaris. The astringent properties work to unclog pores and cleanse the skin.
To use: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply directly to the bumps. Allow the mixture to sit on the skin for a few moments before thoroughly rinsing with fresh water. Test a small section of the skin before applying it to a larger part of your body as some people’s skin proves to be too sensitive for this remedy.
According to an article published on Find Home Remedy, even yogurt can come to your skins rescue. Put a bit of yogurt directly on the dry patch 15 minutes before bathing. It will help reduce dryness and temporarily remove the bumps. Wash off with cold or lukewarm water.
An article in Home Remedies for Life describes the benefits of using milk to treat symptoms of keratosis pilaris. Lactic found in milk works to soften and moisturize dry skin.
Oatmeal is a great option for soothing dry skin. It can also work as a gentle exfoliate to remove dirt and dead skin cells. Natural Living Ideas discusses how oatmeal actually works to gently remove the bumps.
Similar to yogurt, sour cream is a great alternative to yogurt and also contains lactic acid. A skin scrub made from sour cream and sugar can remove buildup on the skin without over drying.
WebMD stresses the importance of keeping the skin moist to help reduce the excessive dry skin associated with keratosis pilaris. Coconut oil is an excellent option for a natural moisturizer. It safely soothes dry skin while also promoting healing.
Aloe vera is known for its soothing properties Many people opt to use the plant for a number of skin conditions including keratosis pilaris. Rapid Home Remedies suggests using the actual plant rather than over-the-counter aloe gels.