Keratosis pilaris can be hard to treat. I struggled for years and finally figured out how to heal keratosis pilaris naturally. In this post I share the topical treatments, moisturizers, lotions and scrubs that worked to help heal my keratosis pilaris naturally.
How to heal keratosis pilaris naturally
Keratosis pilaris (also known as KP or chicken skin) can be so frustrating. I struggled with mine for years and only made it look worse by picking at it regularly. I had tried so many treatments that just didn’t work that I finally did my own research and learned how to treat my keratosis pilaris naturally. You can see from my before and after photos just how much my keratosis pilaris healed in only 3 months. In this post I am sharing the topical remedies I used to heal my keratosis pilaris including the scrubs, lotions and creams. You will see that there are a few things that are key to healing keratosis pilaris: exfoliation, and natural creams and lotions.
3 months after (you can still see the residual scarring):
The keys to healing keratosis pilaris
Exfoliation. I cannot say enough about this. Exfoliation can do wonders for your skin! How I didn’t realize this earlier I do not know. But I am a total believer now.
Exfoliation is the process used to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. There are both mechanical and topical ways to exfoliate. I have been using both to help heal my KP.
There are a number of benefits to exfoliating your skin including:
- Increasing cell turnover
- Detoxifying the skin
- Getting rid of dead, dull skin cells
- Improving skin tone
- Killing bacteria and helping prevents breakouts/rashes
- Improving topical product penetration and treatment results
So how have I been exfoliating? First, I have been using dry brushing everyday, and second I have been using a scrub on my arms twice a week. I use this Lemongrass Sugar Scrub. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. But a little more about dry brushing since I know this is a new concept for many of you. Dry brushing is the process of rubbing your dry skin with a hard bristled brush. Sounds a bit crazy doesn’t it? But there are so many benefits of doing this to your skin! So many in fact that I will have to do an entire post dedicated solely to dry brushing in the future. But in terms of healing keratosis pilaris there are a few ways it is beneficial:
- It sloughs off dead, dry skin to improve skin’s appearance and allows moisturizer to penetrate more effectively
- It improves the movement of lymph fluid into the local lymph nodes to help remove waste products
In order to dry brush you first need to have the proper brush. One with a long handle, and firm bristles. I use this one made by Bernard Jensen. You can also find body brushes at most health food stores or spas (just be willing to pay a pretty penny at some of these places). I dry brush first thing in the morning before I shower, but you can do it any time of day. Simply start at your feet, and move the brush in vertical/upward movements over your skin. Slowly work your way up and over your whole body. Simple as that. It only takes a few minutes and your skin should feel smoother immediately. The first time you do this you may not like the sensation of those hard bristles on your skin (I sure didn’t) but once you do it a few times you actually start to enjoy feeling.
Proper skin moisturization is key to healing your KP. But you need to make sure you are moisturizing with the right products. Think natural, chemical and toxin-free products. Because remember, your skin has the largest surface organ in your body and most of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream within seconds. So if you are putting toxins on your skin, they are getting into your body. And instead of helping heal your skin, your body will have to fight off those toxins, ultimately doing more harm than good.
There are a few key products I have been using to moisturize naturally. The first is jojoba oil, and the second is this Cleansing Balm. Both of these products are extremely moisturizing, without being greasy!
Jojoba oil is a great choice for natural skin care because it is the only oil that resembles human sebum (an oily substance that is naturally produced by your skin), which means it doesn’t clog your pores. It not only moisturizes, but also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are helpful in healing KP (and many other skin conditions). I add lavender essential oil (which also promotes skin healing) to my jojoba oil and apply this to my arms after I shower. If I’m at home I will also apply it throughout the day. I notice a difference in my skin if I miss just one or two days of this. It’s that powerful.
The other product I cannot say enough about is this Cleansing Balm. It has also been key in helping heal my KP. I apply it every night before I go to sleep for some deeply nourishing and healing hydration.
That’s it! Those are the external steps I have been using to heal my KP. It really hasn’t been that hard, and I wish that I had started this mission sooner. Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it?
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