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Keratosis Pilaris - natural treatment options

Jun 13, 2024

Keratosis Pilaris, Nourished, Natural treatment for keratosis pilaris, sensitive skin, dermatitis, eczema, bumpy skin

Keratosis pilaris, often affectionately referred to as "chicken skin," is a common skin condition that manifests as small, rough bumps on the skin. These bumps, typically found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks, are harmless but can be bothersome for those who experience them. Understanding what keratosis pilaris is and how to care for it can help you manage this dermatologic condition and embrace your skin with confidence and love.

What is Keratosis Pilaris? 

Keratosis Pilaris is the medical term given for when keratinous plugs block the hair follicles on the extensor surfaces of the body, this can also be associated with varying degrees of redness in the surrounding skin. 

Keratin is the major structural protein that makes up hair, skin & nails. It also helps support the strength of our internal organs, glands & other key structures of the body. Keratin is formed in the middle layer of skin and slowly makes its way to the surface to offer structure & support to the skin and hair. Keratosis Pilaris occurs when rather than dispersing across the skin and the hair, amounts of Keratin accumulate and cause a ‘plug’ or a blockage within the hair follicle, creating the characteristic bumps of KP. 

Keratosis Pilaris, Nourished, Natural treatment for keratosis pilaris, sensitive skin, dermatitis, eczema, bumpy skin

What causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris usually first appears in early childhood and progresses to its most extensive form during the 20’s.  While the exact cause of Keratosis Pilaris is not fully understood, it is often associated with genetics and can be more prevalent in those with dry skin, eczema, or a family history of the condition. Besides that, poor nutrition, diabetes and obesity could also trigger the bumps on the skin. 

How to Take Care of Keratosis Pilaris

It's important to remember that managing keratosis pilaris is an ongoing process. Consistent care and patience are essential. While the condition may not disappear completely, good skincare can significantly improve its appearance.  Here are some nourishing tips to soothe and smooth your skin:

Gentle cleansing:

Use a mild, non-irritating body wash to wash the affected areas. Avoid harsh soaps that can strip the skin of its natural oils, as this can exacerbate dryness and irritation. The Daily Body Wash and the pH Perfect Body & Hand Wash are excellent options for a gentle cleanse. Both products have antioxidant & hydrating properties that nourish dry and sensitive skin.


Improves skin surface texture & increases moisture absorption. There are two types of exfoliation; Enzymatic exfoliation and mechanical exfoliation. 

Enzymatic exfoliation is typically achieved via acids. Whilst this may sound scary, these acids are mostly derived from fruits, vegetables and other natural sources that we consume on a daily basis and are wonderful for the skin. 

Want an enzymatic exfoliation? Try out the Wild Berry Honey Cleanse Mask from Wildcrafted Organics. A delicious honey based cleanser, exfoliant & masque, abundant in nourishing nutrients, antioxidants & the purest Halloysite Clay from New Zealand. The combined action of the natural enzymes in honey & crushed Hibiscus Petals act to dissolve dead skin cells, providing gentle enymatic exfoliation. Or go for the Sans [ceuticals] - Superdose Luminosity Masque. Thanks to its 5% lactic acid, this masque is a wonderful option for those with KP on their face, neck and decolletage or as a spot treatment for patches on the body.

Physical exfoliation is a good option for those with more stubborn Keratosis Pilaris and those who do not have sensitive skin. Physicall exfoliators use a mildly course active ingredient like sand, rice and bamboo powder to slough away dead, dry skin and unblock pores and follicles.

The Refining Face Polish from Retreatment Botanics contains Lilly Pilly, Camellia Seed, Kaolin Clay and Jojoba Seeds. These superstars work synergistically to remove dead skin cells, brighten skin and to calm skin due to the anti-inflammatory properties. A Nourished favorite is the Bio Active Exfoliant. This delicate exfoliant is suitable for the body and face. Ginseng & Goji Extract boost the skin circulation and metabolism. 



Research shows that skin hydration is one of the key factors of Keratosis Pilaris recovery. Dry skin allows dead skin cells to build up on the surface, increasing the chance of keratin plugs being able to form in the hair follicle. Moisturising daily with a high quality moisturizer that is free from silicones and other nasties is essential for hydrated skin and less Keratosis Pilaris. Pro tip: applying moisturizer immediately after showering or bathing, when the skin is still damp, can enhance absorption and lock in hydration.

Give your skin a hydration boost with the Bf Restore Face & Body Serum from Biologi. This serum contains a unique combination of fruit acids that nourish and protect the whole body. Perfect for anyone with sensitive, dry or irritated skin. The Sans [ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil  is a multifunctional booster. Its unique blend of bioavailable oils possess strong antibacterial properties and also make it excellent for dermatitis, eczema & ketosis pilaris. 


More extreme cases, that do not respond to first tier treatment options as listed above in this article, may benefit from other therapies including laser therapy. We recommend consulting with an integrative dermatologist to determine which treatment option is most suitable for you. 

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