Chicken skin, also known as keratosis pilaris or lichen pilaris, is characterized by tiny white, red or grayish bumps on the skin of the arms, cheeks, buttocks and thighs. The condition is often related to acne so sufferers may experience both skin conditions. While the bumps are rarely larger than a pinhead, they are visible and can be quite embarrassing. Additionally, the bumps often have a hair (broken or intact) piercing through it. The skin in the affected regions appears dry, harsh and rough and its texture can best be described as that of a nutmeg grater. The good thing is that keratosis pilaris is treatable and sometimes, it even goes away by itself. Below are some of the most effective ways to get rid of chicken skin:
Chicken skin is usually a result of inflammation in the body. To fight inflammation, you can do many things and primary among them includes eating more alkaline foods and avoiding acidic foods. Examples of acidic foods are yeast, fungi, sugar, refined flours, red meat, processed foods, etc. By eating a diet comprised of 80% alkaline foods, you can eliminate excess acids in the body. Body alkalinity can also be increased by consuming alkaline ionic water, supplementing your diet with alkalizing supplements, and cleansing the body from time to time.
Organic apple cider vinegar is a proven remedy to get rid of chicken skin. You can use it in 2 ways: topically and internally. Internal consumption will help you make your body alkaline by balancing pH. On the other hand, when you apply the vinegar on the bumps, the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties eliminate them and make the skin soft, smooth and healthy. To use: apply the vinegar on the bumps using a sterile cotton ball. Let it dry. Repeat two times a day.
Dry skin characterized by bumps and redness often indicates a deficiency in essential fats. If you do not consume fatty fish once a week, you may want to supplement your diet with Omega 3 essential fatty acid supplements/fish oil. Also eat walnuts, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, etc. for glowing, healthy skin.
Many skin friendly foods can be your best defense against chicken skin. They are:
Salicylic acid is one of the best remedies for keratosis. Willow bark contains natural salicylate compounds (called salicin). Even the ancient Egyptians were known to use this herb as an anti-inflammatory medicine. Look for creams with willow bark extracts or infuse the herb in form of tea and apply to affected areas.
This is an ancient Ayurvedic bath time ritual that involves brushing the entire skin to remove dead and dry layers and stimulate lymph nodes to remove toxic elements. To perform this ritual, use a boar bristle brush or a gentle loofah. Start brushing the entire body with strokes towards the heart. Do not use any cream or oil prior to brushing. You need to brush for at least 20 minutes and follow this up with a warm water bath.
Not everyone can afford microdermabrasion treatment at the cosmetician’s clinic. However, it is easy to exfoliate the bumpy skin at home using natural scrubs made with baking soda, salt, sugar or coffee grounds combined with coconut oil or olive oil. Apply the scrub all over the affected region and massage gently in a circular motion. Wash off with mild soap and warm water.
Keratosis pilaris usually flares up in winters when the weather is dry and there is no humidity. Central heating also worsens the problem pulling out all of the moisture from the skin. Running a humidifier throughout the day or at least through the night can help keep your skin supple and moisturized.
In most cases, keratosis pilaris is more pronounced at puberty and tends to get better with age. Try the home remedies above to get smoother, healthier skin.
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