If you are looking for a natural remedy for your keratosis pilaris, you may want to try applying coconut oil to your problem areas. You want to get 100% pure organic extra virgin coconut oil, which can be found at that link, or at most health food stores. You want cooking grade oil, so don’t be confused if it is marketed for cooking. That is exactly the quality of oil that you want to put on your skin.
It has been well known for a long time that coconut oil is great for the skin. The reason for this is that it has a small molecular structure and can be easily absorbed into the skin, giving it a very smooth and soft texture. It is an excellent remedy to relieve dry, rough skin.
In fact, people with psoriasis and eczema have seen a lot of improvement in their skin by using coconut oil. There have also been reports of success with keratosis pilaris, specifically for smoothing out the skin and minimizing bumps.
Coconut oil brings relief to dry skin, as well as healing and repairing it to provide long lasting results. It helps remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, which is what clogs the hair follicles and causes the bumps in the first place.
Coconut oil can also penetrate deep into the skin to strengthen the underlying connective tissues. This helps the general appearance and health of the skin.
One way to apply the coconut oil is while you are still in the shower. You can put it on afterwards, but you may find that it is too greasy and does not absorb well into the skin. It will also probably rub off onto your clothing and that can get pretty messy.
After you have soaped up, exfoliated, and rinsed off, apply the coconut oil and rub it into your skin. You can let it sit for a few minutes and rinse off, or rub it in while standing under the running water. This will allow your skin to absorb it and prevent it from leaving a greasy residue. It is a good idea to rinse the skin under some cool water when you are done to close the pores back up.
One thing to be aware of is that the shower may become slippery as you apply the oil. You may want to sit down or get a shower mat to prevent slipping and falling.
Also be aware that the oil is a solid at room temperature, but if you store it in the shower, it can start to liquify from the hot water. Storing it outside the shower until you are ready to use it is advised. It is easier to apply when you can scoop out the solid rather than try to get the liquid out. Also apply quickly once you scoop it because it can turn to liquid quickly in your hand and drip all over.
When you get out of the shower, pat dry with a towel and rub in any excess oil that is still left on your skin.
The other way to apply the oil is to put it onto your dry skin as a moisturizer. If you do it this way, make sure not to apply too much, because it will be greasy. Just use a small amount and apply in a thin layer to the skin.
Once you have used the coconut oil for a few days, you should start to notice your skin becoming softer and smoother.
Many people have reported great success with coconut oil for minimizing their keratosis pilaris bumps and redness. However, some people reported that although their skin was softer and smoother, that the bumps and redness were still there.
You can read about several people’s experiences using coconut oil in this thread from a keratosis pilaris forum.
Another thing to remember is that coconut oil is still a topical treatment, and it will only be effective if you keep using it. Many people reported that if they stopped applying the oil, their keratosis pilaris did come back.
It is definitely worth trying to see if it can help minimize your KP, and even if it doesn’t, it will help to soften up your skin. It is a great moisturizer and since it’s 100% natural, you can be sure that you are not adding any irritants that could make your skin worse.
You can get the 100% pure organic extra virgin coconut oil online from that link, or you can look for it at your local health food store. Check the Indian food aisle if you can’t find it elsewhere.
If you have tried out coconut oil on your skin, please leave a comment below to share your results!