Chicken skin bumps – such a simple yet instantly identifiable description of the skin problem named keratosis pilaris (commonly dubbed “KP”). Can’t you just visualize it? These minute, rough bumps with their grater-like texture are most frequently scattered along the upper arms and thighs.
However, the cheeks, back, and buttocks can all become involved at one time or another. They’re annoying, unsightly, chronic and incredibly commonplace.
Because keratosis pilaris affects 50% of the entire world’s population, this reaction isn’t surprising. KP is somewhat more common in children and adolescents; 50 to 80% of children have KP. Adults needn’t feel neglected.
Keratosis pilaris affects 4 out of every 10 adults, too. Women are slightly more prone to developing keratosis pilaris. Most people with KP are unaware that not only is there a designated medical term for the condition, but that treatment exists.
Keratosis pilaris is hereditary, inherited as an autosomal dominant gene. This is similar to the brown versus blue eye color phenomenon. All it takes is a single gene from either parent to find oneself with less than perfectly smooth skin.
But not everyone can point a finger at who’s to blame since only 30 to 50% of KP patients have a positive family history.
Why does it work?
Aspirin is actually a form of Beta Hydroxy Acids or BHAs, which are found in many skin creams and work by exfoliating the dull, dead layers of skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Over time, BHAs can help clarify skin tone and promote healing of blemishes.
Keratosis Pilaris (that little chicken skin bumps on the back of your arms and thighs) need to be exfoliated. Loofah sometimes just isn’t enough. Aspirin can greatly reduce the bumps by crushing several tablets up and making a paste with water.
However, do not use the aspirin mask if you have a sensitivity to BHAs or if you have very sensitive skin, or obviously if you are allergic to aspirin!
① The Aspirin mask must be made with uncoated, dissolvable tablets. I used about 10-12 aspirin and added a little bit more warm water (but it depends on your case on how many tablets you could use).
② Crush the aspirin in the water until it turned into a paste-like texture (don’t use too much water though, just enough to make it a thick paste).
③ Or you can add some honey to moisturize the skin. Then apply it on your arms, legs or wherever you have KP.
④ Leave it on until it dries (about 5-10 minutes) and then exfoliate into your skin. Rinse off with water and moisturize as usual.
⑤ Spread the mixture on the affected area and leave for a few minutes until it dries.
⑥ Very gently rub the mask for about 10 seconds, to exfoliate the skin.
⑦ Rinse off with tepid water. Remember to moisturize as BHAs can be drying.
I find this an excellent mask to use once or twice a week. It makes your skin feel as soft as a baby’s bottom and helps to clarify skin tone and texture.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil naturally has many healing properties (reduces redness, sanitizes) and it’s an excellent moisturizer. Keeping the skin moisturized is one of the best things a person with KP can do to stop the skin from hardening over the hair follicle.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s organic and inexpensive so I would encourage anyone giving it a try.