Keratin is a type of protein which is present in abundance in our nails, hair and to some extent in our skin. Keratin in normal amounts protects our skin from infections and damage. However, when there is an increase in the amount of keratin in our skin leading to a build-up of keratin protein in our skin, it results in scaly and dry skin. This skin condition of excessive keratin levels in our skin is known as keratosis pilaris. This causes the skin to become very dry and scaly with presence of hard bumps. Your skin might feel as rough as a sand paper. The most commonly affected body areas are your hands, legs, buttocks, back and at times thighs; it is often mistaken for acne which it is not. Now this condition is harmless; it won’t affect your health but it sure does affect your skin’s appearance.
8 Simple Home Remedies To Keep Keratosis Pilaris At Bay
1. Manage Your Bathing Habits
This is the simplest yet most effective remedy for treating the signs of keratosis pilaris – modifying your bathing routine habits. It is very important to manage your bathing habits; since excessively hot water or frequent bathing causes extra dryness of the skin. This would eventually worsen the condition. Therefore, care must be taken to use lukewarm water or cold water for bathing; also in dry weather you can take a bath after few days or maybe on alternate days so as to avoid skin dryness. Other bath routine to avoid is using a rough towel and rubbing the skin strongly. The key here is to use a soft cotton towel and wipe the skin very gently.
2. The Mantra Is to Moisturize
The most common symptom of keratosis pilaris is dryness of skin; and thus the best treatment is moisturizing. It is recommended to use oil based moisturisers which will impart the necessary moisture to the affected skin. You must apply the moisturiser for about 3-4 times every day so that the skin is thoroughly moisturized. You can also try using soaps which have added oil or fat for added benefit. You must avoid perfumed moisturizers as they contain chemicals which might irritate the affected portions of your skin.
3. Use Natural Soaps
Our normal bathing soaps have lot of chemicals in them; it is advisable to use natural soaps e.g. honey butter soap; with the least chemical ingredient and majority of natural products. This reduces skin irritation and dryness. Natural soaps also help in retaining the skin’ s natural moisture and hence reduces symptoms of keratosis pilaris.
4. Use Gentle Exfoliation Don’t Go Harsh
Although exfoliation is essential for those suffering from keratosis pilaris; as it helps in removing dead cells while encouraging new cell growth. This process of cell regrowth keeps the skin soft and subtle and also reduces dryness. The natural exfoliating agents like walnut, gram flour, rice flour are gentle in nature and give great results. You can also use dried powder of orange peel as an exfoliating agent.
5. Invest In A Good Humidifier
Dry weather can often worsen the symptoms of keratosis pilaris; once effective solution is to use a humidifier during dry weather. This helps maintaining the moisture levels in air thus indirectly averting skin dryness.
6. Unsalted Butter
Ghee is one of the best natural moisturisers; in addition, it helps fight microbes keeping skin healthy. For those suffering from keratosis pilaris it is recommended applying ghee/ unsalted butter on the affected part 30 minutes prior to showering. You may also use other substitutes like coconut oil or olive oil or mustard oil as these oils are rich in fat and moisturise the skin in an excellent manner.
7. Aloe-Vera Gel
Aloe-vera gel is the holy grail product when it comes to skin. It nourishes and moisturises the skin; best part about it is that it isn’t oily and therefore it moisturises the skin well without making it oily and messy. It is very easy to grow the aloe-vera plant in small pots in your house; for application you can simply cut off a stem, extract fresh gel and apply it all over the affected part.
8. Use Lime And Bath Salts
We discussed modifying bath routine for reducing symptoms of keratosis pilaris; one additional hack is to add lime juice to your bathing water. You can also add bathing salts in moderate quantities. Doing this gently exfoliates the skin, maintains its pH levels thereby keeping the skin healthy and soft and ultimately promoting new cell growth.