Do you ever find little red bumps on your arms? And do you start feeling uncomfortable when summer arrives? Well, you may be suffering from keratosis pilaris, a condition more commonly known as “chicken skin.” There’s no need to worry though as we have several solutions for this unsightly and annoying problem.
Taking the form of slightly raised spots that are closely bunched together, chicken skin is harmless and affects a large proportion of the population. Even so, this condition remains a nuisance for many people, especially if they’re experiencing self-esteem issues.
But why does this rash appear in the first place? When there’s an excess buildup of sebum in the hair follicle, your pores become blocked. This causes your skin to dry out and become rough, leaving you with these little red goosebumps. Teenagers and women are most affected by this condition due to hormonal changes.
So what can be done about these disagreeable little spots? First, you need to find a soap that doesn’t damage your skin. If you have sensitive skin, use less aggressive, non-cleansing products such Marseille soap or Aleppo soap. This is the best way to naturally moisturize your skin.
In fact, moisturizing is the key to success. Moisturize twice a day using a cream recommended by your pharmacist. For particularly dry areas of skin, there’s no harm in moisturizing throughout the day.
To clean out your pores and avoid an excess buildup of sebum, it’s recommended you exfoliate once a week. A mixture of coconut oil and brown sugar should do the trick. Be careful not to rub too hard though, as this could cause damage to your skin. After exfoliating, don’t forget to moisturize again.
If the rash is still there after taking all of these measures, we advise you to see a dermatologist. Though completely harmless, it’s important to know that keratosis pilaris can be difficult to treat and has no known cure.
So you now have all of the information you need to tackle this unpleasant little problem. Let the summer begin!