1. Sea Salt
Gently exfoliating the affected area with sea salt can help remove dead skin and unclog hair follicles without the irritation. Using sea salt is a great way to exfoliate because it is natural, gentle, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from these benefits, it also helps your skin stay moisturized, smooth, and healthy. [R]
There are a lot of products out there that incorporate sea salt. However, if you want a healthier and cheaper option, you can make your own sea salt scrub by mixing sea salt and raw honey. Just apply the mixture directly to the affected area and rub it gently. Then, let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
2. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is another great way to exfoliate your skin if sea salt doesn’t work for you. It helps get rid of dead skin cells and unclog the plugged pores and hair follicles in your skin that are causing it to be rough and bumpy [R]. Basically, what you do is you use a natural brush on the affected area before wetting it. Brushing your skin dry can actually increase the friction, making the exfoliation much more effective. If you have sensitive skin, it is advised that you brush your skin very gently so as not to cause inflammation or irritation.
3. Mild Soaps
You should avoid harsh soaps altogether because it can irritate your skin and cause more redness and hair follicle clogging. It would be best to use non-irritating and natural soap instead [R]. For example, you can use Castile soap, which is made from vegetable oils instead of animal fats [R].
4. Moisturize Daily
Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis reduces the chance of skin problems and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes. Moisturizers can be a great add-on to exfoliating or dry brushing since it really helps your skin stay nourished and hydrated. It also helps prevent the skin from looking flaky. We recommend using a natural moisturizer, such as avocado. Avocado helps reduce inflammation that is a common occurrence with keratosis pilaris. Just let it sit on the affected area for about 20-30 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water [R].
Low humidity in the air can cause skin dryness [R]. This is especially true during the winter. For people with keratosis pilaris, this could lead to their skin becoming more red and patchy than usual. As a remedy, you can use a humidifier in the areas where you spend most of your time in, such as your bedroom or living room, to add moisture in the air. You can even drop some essential oils in there to make the room smell great!
Anti-inflammatory foods are good for alleviating the symptoms of keratosis pilaris [R]. Examples of such foods include tomatoes, fruits, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fatty fish, like salmon or tuna. These foods are packed with essential vitamins and minerals for skin regeneration, healing, and hydration. It is also worth noting that these foods are high in antioxidants that help fight cancer cells. Foods that are rich in omega-3, such as salmon, are also highly recommended for their potent anti-inflammatory properties [R]. And, last but definitely not the least, it is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.