Oh hello there! If you are reading this post, it’s either you’re curious about Keratosis Pilaris or like me, you are also suffering from this type of skin condition. But either way, I thank you for dropping by, this post is for you.
What is Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) or commonly called Chicken Skin) is a skin condition in which too much Keratin builds up within hair follicles causing numerous tiny acne-like bumps forms on the skin. Although it is known to be harmful and painless genetic skin disorder, some experience redness, overly dryness and itchiness on their skin.
To know more about the causes, symptoms, etc. You may see this helpful article from: https://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm#keratosis_pilaris_kp_facts
I remember having KP back in High school. I was never bothered about it because I was too young and I didn’t know anything back then and it wasn’t painful or itchy at all. I guess it later disappeared after couple of years without me doing anything to cure it coz I can’t remember having KP during college years. Never had KP again until this year which I mistakenly thought as an allergy. For the record, I’m not allergic to anything so I know it was something else so I researched online and I concluded that I have KP just by looking at it physically. I had numerous bumps on my arms, all over my legs, my face and neck and it feels like hell. I couldn’t sleep because they’re so itchy. I couldn’t stop myself from scratching my skin and that made everything look even worse. Unfortunately, KP is known to have no cure but only improves or disappears overtime as we age. I was like, WHAT? I can’t be stuck in this itchy bumps forever! I did almost everything, I bought over the counter medicine for allergies, anti itch ointments and creams, you name it. Nothing worked. The ointments and creams kind off ease the itchiness just a little bit but ugh they feel heavy and sticky on the skin. It feels very uncomfortable sleeping with those heavy creams on. Not my thing!
I decided to treat my Keratosis Pilaris my way. Please note that I don’t claim myself as a skin or KP expert. Again, it’s always best to seek professional advise from your trusted Doctor or Dermatologist.
Ways to remove Keratosis Pilaris
Exfoliation is a process of removing dead skin cells from the outer surface of your skin. By doing so, it can definitely make a huge difference on your skin and it’s also beneficial to all skin types. So whether you are reviving a dull, lifeless skin, getting rid of skin blemishes and other skin impurities, unclogging clogged pores or minimizing large pores, one key is proper exfoliation. Do not over-exfoliate though! Over exfoliating can damage your skin so instead of helping your skin becomes healthy looking, you are just making it worse by making your skin extra sensitive and more prone to irritation. 1-2 times a week is just enough but usually depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Make sure to find exfoliant suited for your skin types for best results.
Exfoliating isn’t just for face. Our body needs that too, you know. So when I had my KP, I bought scrubs both for my face and body. I also bought pumice stone which I only use on my body but it was a little painful when I scrub it on my bumps so I just stick to my body scrub. I have tried many scrubs but I always go back to homemade body scrubs which I find affordable but effective. I just mix sugar, honey, milk and lemon and It’s good to go. I have a lot of bumps on my face and neck so with that I used my Awesome Poresome Face Scrub during shower. I do it twice a week and I saw huge difference after a few weeks.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, or even sensitive skin, you need a moisturizer. KP becomes itchy when you skin is dry that’s why moisturizing is very important. I have more than 5 lotions that I alternately use at home but guess what, none of those worked. All of them really kept my skin moisturized but not enough to keep my stubborn itchy bumps away. My fave lotion among all the I have though, is the Aveeno Skin Relief lotion because it somehow relieves the itch for a while but I don’t use it quite often because I find it sticky and heavy when applied on my body. I looked for alternatives online but most of them are very expensive and some aren’t available here in the Philippines. Then I have learned online that Virgin Coconut Oil is very effective in combating Keratosis Pilaris. I was quite skeptical to try it out at first because I don’t like the feeling of putting oil on my face and body especially on a hot weather. But so many bloggers swore to this product and it has so many skin benefits, so I thought, why not? Plus, I was already desperate so whatever it takes to get this bumps away, I’ll do it.
Coconut Oil is known to be a very effective natural remedy in treating Keratosis Pilaris, thanks to the Lauric Acid found in the oil. Lauric Acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that is able to fight bacterial infections and/or viruses. It also effectively combat many types of skin problems such as Acne, Dryness and Keratosis Pilaris. This is also a very effective moisturizer as it deeply penetrate into the skin leaving your skin smoother, silky soft and moisturized.
What I use is Virgin Coconut Oil from Prosource. I bought mine from Watsons for I think 200 Php. I haven’t tried any other brands and I don’t have any plans of doing so because I am so satisfied with Prosource VCO. The scent is like coconut or latik. You’ll know it’s a real VCO if it smells like that. What I do was after shower, I apply a small amount of VCO to a damp skin and gently rub it in. I prefer putting the oil all over my body, neck and face and I don’t use any lotions on top of it. There’s no need to put a lot of coconut oil because it will work just the same so make sure to use just the right amount. Unlike other oils, VCO is not too greasy and oily when applied on skin probably because it penetrates into the skin so well.
- Stay away from dairy products as it somehow worsen KP. When I had KP, I avoid eating milk and cheese, some desserts and ice cream even though those were my favorites.
- Do not use harsh soaps with ingredients like dimethicone, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, parabens, and other harsh chemicals.
- Eat Healthy. Incorporate vegetables and fruits on your diet.
My apologies as I don’t have a before and after photos to show because our back up drive got corrupted. But today, I am officially KP free. I have no bumps on my neck and arms anymore and I can wear t-shirts now without being embarrassed. I had lots of bumps on my neck before but now they’re already gone. I still sometimes use VCO after shower or whenever I feel like my skin is super dry. My hands are very dry too so I use VCO as my hand cream. Overall, It doesn’t have to be expensive in treating Keratosis Pilaris. You can keep your skin KP free without spending too much. These steps worked for me and it might help you too. Let me know your thoughts. 🙂
This is not a sponsored post. I bought the products using my own money. I am also no skin expert and it’s best if you will seek professional advise.