Hey guys! I inadvertently stumbled across an amazingly quick and simple way to treat Keratosis Pilaris and naturally my first thought was “I MUST share these with my readers!” Obviously this one particular treatment won’t work for everyone but it has absolutely helped me and many others.
Keratosis Pilaris affects roughly 40-50% of the population so I bet many of you already know exactly what I’m talking about but for those who don’t, here’s a very quick run down!
Keratosis Pilaris (sometimes referred to as “chicken skin” due to its bumpy texture) is characterized by rough, red bumps that appear on the skin. It’s most commonly found on arms, thighs and backs but can show up nearly anywhere on the body. It’s caused by the body producing an excess of keratin which builds up around hair follicles and becomes trapped, forming these pesky little bumps. The condition is even more common in children and while it may improve during adulthood, Keratosis Pilaris becomes a lifelong condition for many people.
I’ve had this condition on my upper arms for practically my entire life. I remember being a tiny little Ashley with bumpy arms, kicking and screaming while my older cousins so lovingly tried to hold me down and pop my bumps.
Most peoples bumps are purely cosmetic with no other side effects so many just choose to ignore the problem and carry on with their business, which is precisely what I’ve been doing my whole life. I accepted my arms bumps as a permanent part of me long, long ago and while having smoother skin was always something that would have been nice, I never dwelled on it much. But if someone told me treating it would be THIS easy, I would have been on it ages ago!
Several days ago, I noticed that my arm bumps seemed to be getting much better and I was loving the way my newly smooth skin felt. Since I was never trying to treat this condition, at that time I just assumed I was having a lucky couple of days and didn’t think much about it and carried on with my normal routine. Today I woke up and when I felt my arms, I was flat out shocked by how smooth my skin was! It was incredible. This skin on my arms have literally never been so smooth! Many of my bumps and redness were quickly disappearing and while I was beyond thrilled, I had no idea what was clearing them up so rapidly. There were no changes to my diet, medication, environment or any other factors that I could think of. I was stumped. Then I got to doing some research and that’s when it struck me.
Yes, coconut oil! I know it sounds way too simple and maybe a little crazy but just hear me out for a minute.
I’ve been a big fan of coconut oil for a long time. I cook with it, remove my makeup & wash my face with it, put it in my hair and use it daily as a moisturizer after showering. I usually only put coconut oil on my legs and torso because I felt like those were the driest areas of my body but I decided to start putting it on my arms daily about 2 weeks ago, just because I like being all soft and coconutty. And that’s when the magic started.
I’m always willing to try home remedies and natural treatments but I’m definitely not one of those people who think you can cure any ailment with a variety of oils and herbs. If something works, that’s great and if not, I’m moving on. Well, this works. Big time. At least in my case.
After trying to figure out why my bumps were suddenly clearing up so quickly after having them my whole life, I ran into loads of articles and personal accounts of people talking about how coconut oil not only dramatically improved their Keratosis Pilaris but also how it did it fast.
As it turns out, coconut oil is not only full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties but it’s also high in lauric acid which helps to break down the excess build up of keratin.
And it’s pretty much as simple as that. After showering, gently massage about a dime sized amount of virgin coconut oil on to the affected areas and wait for the results! Do this daily and with a little luck, your Keratosis Pilaris should start to clear up!
For anyone who is wondering, this is the specific coconut oil that I use. Costco’s Kirkland Signature Organic Virgin Coconut Oil! This one tub is over 2 1/2 pounds (I buy over 5lbs at a time in a 2-pack at Costco) so you’ll have coconut oil around for quite a while! This coconut oil has a shelf life of about two years as long as you keep it stored in a dark, temperate place. I store the large container in my kitchen cabinet and put some in a smaller plastic tupperware container that I keep in my bathroom and just wash the container and refill it when it runs out. Coconut oil can spoil when exposed to water but obviously if you’re using it in a bathroom, you’re bound to get at least a little water in it. This is why I transfer it to the smaller container. I’ve also found that this coconut oil is far less likely to spoil than other coconut oils that I’ve used.
So yeah, that sums up my new found miracle treatment for my Keratosis Pilaris! This may not help everyone but it’s truly worked wonders for myself as well as many others and if it doesn’t help you, well, you don’t really have much to lose! Worst case scenario is that you end up with a tub of ultra versatile oil!
Does anyone else have any experience treating Keratosis Pilaris with coconut oil or any other products? I’d love to hear about it!! 😀