An article from Earth Clinic explains what causes keratosis pilaris. Keratin is a form of protein that develops to protect the skin. However, when there is a buildup of keratin it causes the pores to become clogged. When this happens, small bumps appear on the skin. Scientists are uncertain why keratin buildup occurs. Some research indicates that it may be linked to a genetic disorder, other skin conditions, or simply dry skin.
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.