5 Herbal Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis-Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that appears in the form of small bumps on the surface of the skin, which are usually located on the thighs, legs, torso, and upper arms. The basic cause of this skin condition is an overproduction of keratin in the body so that layers of dead skin cells build up to clog the hair follicle. Most importantly, Keratosis Pilaris should not be confused with acne. It is an incurable skin condition, but the good news for any sufferers is that it is completely treatable and manageable.

Keratosis pilaris generally obvious as red, brown or flesh-colored goose flesh bumps generally on the upper arms but it can also come out on the back, face or legs. Here’s what it looks like on someone’s arm with lighter skin, and on the thigh of a darker skinned individual.

Keratosis Pilaris Herbal Treatment

Treating keratosis pilaris naturally is the first step that is by and large recommended. Other treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels could show to be expensive as various treatments would usually be needed without any assurance that these small bumpy skin patches will actually disappear. In most cases, these treatments are only essential when other effects such as scarring and hyperpigmentation are caused by the keratosis pilaris.

keratosis-pilaris

These treatments, along with the natural treatments, do not actually remove the small bumpy skin patches. Both natural and chemical treatments for keratosis pilaris only serve to reduce the skin’s dryness and to diminish the size of the bumps in the affected area. Over time, generally after age 30, the manifestations of keratosis pilaris often disappears. Luckily you can generally use Keratosis Pilaris Herbal Treatment with a few simple changes and a small of patience.

Olive Oil for Keratosis Pilaris

Olive oil has been known to solve numerous skin problems, mostly keratosis pilaris. It is great for moisturizing the skin and is rich in vitamin E; it reduces the bumpiness and dryness of the skin. Apply sufficient amount of olive oil on the affected parts of the body frequently.

Steps to be followed:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of extra virgin olive oil and sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of warm water (or honey) in a bowl.
  • Mix well and apply it on the affected areas.
  • Scrub it smoothly for few minutes and leave for another few minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and dry the skin.
  • Repeat the process on a regular basis for 2 – 3 times a week.

Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar for Keratosis Pilaris

Apple cider vinegar has severe that unclogs and shrinks the skin pores which in turn limit keratin buildup in the hair follicles. It soothes the inflammation by balancing your skin’s pH levels. It exfoliates quietly to remove the excess dead cells to unclog the skin pores.

Steps to be followed:

  • Mix the same amount of raw apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Mix well and apply it on the keratosis pilaris affected areas.
  • Let it sit for few minutes and rinse off.
  • Repeat the process a few times daily till you get relief from KP.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Tea Tree Oil for Keratosis Pilaris

Tea tree oil is helpful in clearing all the bumps that are caused as an effect of the skin diseases. Tea tree oil is known for curing some skin problems, including keratosis pilaris. Due to its effective properties, it is very helpful, particularly for bumps caused due to hair removal or dry skin.

Steps to be followed:

  • Dilute few drops of tea tree oil in 2 tablespoons of any carrier oil.
  • Massage the mixture on the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat the method on a regular basis until you achieve the results.

Tea Tree Oil

Witch Hazel for Keratosis Pilaris

Witch hazel treat the tiny bumps, soothes the irritation and redness caused due to keratosis pilaris. Due to its cooling properties, it is very useful, particularly for bumps caused due to hair removal or dry skin. Apply it on the affected skin.

Steps to be followed:

  • Blend few witch hazel leaves with some water to make a thick paste.
  • Apply on the affected area.
  • Rinse it off with water after 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Repeat the process on a daily basis.

Witch Hazel

Coconut Oil for Keratosis Pilaris

Coconut oil is high in fatty acids and acts as a moisturizer. Moreover, it also contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that pacify the inflammation, which in turn, decrease the redness. Rub coconut oil on the affected area before taking bathing. Or also try any method mentioned below.

Steps to be followed:

  • Mix 2 parts of extra virgin coconut oil and 1 part of each white granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Apply the mixture to the affected area and quietly scrub for 2 – 4 minutes
  • Wash with water.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

Coconut Oil

Diet Plan

Diet plays a main part in getting rid of any health or beauty problem. Here is the diet for the people having keratosis pilaris.

  • Herbs  for Keratosis Pilaris like burdock, chickweed, marshmallow, calendula and slippery elm.
  • Include foods that are rich in omega – 3 and 6 fatty acids like cold water fish salmon, tuna or mackerel and consume 2 – 3 times a week. It stops dryness and promotes healthy skin. Or take fish oil supplements as per your doctor’s recommendation.
  • Include foods rich in vitamin A and E like nuts, papaya, strawberries, leafy green vegetables, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes, mangoes etc.
  • Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins from your body and have at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Avoid eating junk food, smoking and drinking alcohol.
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