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.
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 (those little chicken skin bumps on the back of your arms and thighs) need to be exfoliated. Loofahs sometimes just aren’t enough. Aspirin can greatly reduce the bumps by crushing several tablets up and making a paste with water.
- 10-12 uncoated aspirin
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
Crush the aspirin and add some water to make a paste-like consistency. Then, you can add raw honey to moisturize the skin (this optional).
Apply mixture on your arms, legs or wherever you have KP. Leave it on until it dries (about 5-10 minutes) and then exfoliate in to your skin. Rinse off with water and moisturize as usual. Remember to moisturize as BHAs can be drying. Use this mask 2-3x a week. It makes your skin feel as soft as a babys bottom and helps to clarify skin tone and texture.
Exfoliate gently on regular basis and moisturize OFTEN. 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. Use virgin coconut oil as moisturizer, it’s loaded of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Watch the video below for a different version in getting rid of your chicken skin aka Kearatosis Pilaris.
Credit: Eggy Jo