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If you are looking for a fast way to get rid of keratosis pilaris then you’ve come to the right place.
I accidentally came up with a really awkward but efficient solution.
Immediately after I gave birth I developed severe keratosis pilaris or chicken skin on both arms and legs. And when I say “immediately” I mean “instantly” like right the next day while I was still in the hospital.
If you had skimmed through my blog you probably came across my post How I Tackled My PostPartum Symptoms. There I mention all the symptoms I got right after my pregnancy but most importantly the solutions.
I was just overwhelmed. Are you prepared to suddenly lose chunks of hair? I didn’t think so.
But usually, when you happen to be desperate for whatever reason you tend to find a desperate solution as well.
And I did. But I do not want to spill the beans just yet.
What is keratosis pilaris?
It’s a common and harmless skin condition that appears as tiny rough bumps on the skin. It kind of looks like goosebumps or small pimples, that is why they usually refer to it as chicken skin.
Doesn’t sound too appealing right?!
Well, it doesn’t and it doesn’t feel too good either when you touch it.
Signs and symptoms
I already mentioned that it tends to look like chicken skin and feel like sandpaper almost. My bumps were red initially but they turned into the color of my skin eventually so they ended up looking like pimples.
But on other people, these bumps may look red, brownish or purplish depending on the skin color.
Keratosis pilaris: location
It can develop anywhere basically, except palms and soles. Most commonly they appear on arms like it happened to me. Other people may have it on thighs or buttocks.
Who gets it?
Anyone, but most of the times children and teenagers. They say the bumps tend to clear out in late adolescence. If it’s hormone-related that’s another story.
You can get it while you are pregnant or after you give birth because you know by now that hormones play a HUGE part when it comes to pregnancy.
Keratosis pilaris: causes
It’s important to know that this is not contagious so do not freak out that your baby may get it for example. These bumps are caused by dead skin cells that clog the pores. Simple!
Hmm… treatment is not necessary they say, but if it bothers you like it bothered me you may want to do something about it. A dermatologist may prescribe you some sort of cream to relieve the itch and dryness.
Exfoliation can also help with removing the dead skin. But I tried that and I did not see too much of a difference honestly.
So why am I writing this article then?
Because I did find something that helps tremendously with keratosis pilaris.
It’s been 16 months since I gave birth and yes I still have the bumps on my arms. The ones on my legs cleared out on its own and I have no idea how that happened.
When I got them, 16 months ago, I researched online like crazy but couldn’t find a clear answer. So over time, I gave up.
I had mentioned it to my OBGYN and he said I had a mild form of keratosis pilaris. I couldn’t find a satisfying answer.
The only thing that caught my attention was this random post written by Victoria Hoff from byrdie.com who was saying that she ran out of her body oil and used her hair oil instead.
Her hair oil, Moroccanoil. And yes she got rid of the bumps. But I ignored her. So stupid of me!
Sixteen months later I was at Sephora with my baby looking for an oil or serum that can be used on both wet and dry hair.
This lady strongly recommended guess what? Moroccanoil. So I bought it. She said it was the best.
Went home and used it the very same day.
OMG! The absolute best! You would think that because it’s an oil it would make your hair look greasy but it doesn’t. It makes my hair look so good and hydrated.
After all, it has argan oil and flaxseed extract. After I got over all the excitement I remembered about this article that I had read so long ago.
So I thought I should just give it a try. I had nothing to lose. I put a few drops on my arms, just for fun. Next morning the bumps were almost gone. Did you read that? Bumps almost gone. With a hair oil.
I had found the answer 16 months ago and ignored it. What a shame. Well, it’s never too late.
Not even for you. Whether pregnancy-related or not you might want to give this a try if you have chicken skin. What do you have to lose?