People with atopic dermatitis and dry skin are more prone to this skin condition. It may clear or worsen spontaneously without treatment.
Basically, when keratin protein is produced in large amounts it clogs the hair follicles which appear as tiny bumps on the skin. The reason behind the excess build up of keratin is still unknown.
Keratosis pilaris can run in families and worse during winter months. Though it may disappear on its own but it may persist for a longer period in some people.
Ointments and medications prescribed for relief may or may not work in providing relief from this skin condition.
But do you known that simple home remedies can provide quicker and better results than them? Yes, surprisingly ingredients like oatmeal, coconut oil, and olive oil can be used to get relief from keratosis pilaris.
However, in this article let’s learn on oatmeal for keratosis pilaris in detail.
Is Oatmeal Really Effective in Treating Keratosis Pilaris?
- Oatmeal moisturizes the skin and prevents dryness which is very important for getting relief from keratosis pilaris.
- It soothes the dry and itchy skin.
- It helps in removing the accumulated dead skin cells.
- It gently smoothes out the bumps.
- It reduces the excess keratin production and unclogs the pores.
How to Use Oatmeal for Keratosis Pilaris?
Well, we have different ways of using oatmeal to get relief from keratosis pilaris. We have listed them below for you.
1) Oatmeal Bath
This process provides relief from the dry and itchy skin. You can make an oatmeal powder and store it in your bathroom instead of blending daily.
- Blend a handful of oatmeal into a fine powder.
- Add it to the bathtub filled with lukewarm water.
- Soak in this mixture for at least 20 minutes.
- Bath normally and pat the skin dry completely.
- Repeat the process at least 3 times a week.
2) Oatmeal Scrub
This process gently removes the accumulated dead skin cells and unclogs the hair follicles. This process helps in reducing the tiny bumps.
3) Oatmeal Mask
Application of oatmeal mask helps to moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of tiny bumps. This process leaves out a smooth skin.
- Blend some oatmeal in a food processor or coffee grinder.
- Blend until it forms a fine powder.
- Combine 1 teaspoon oatmeal powder and lukewarm water.
- Gently massage the mixture over the affected skin.
- Leave the application for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with water and moisturize it with any moisturizer.
- Repeat the process few times a week.
4) Oatmeal Scrub
The fats present in milk moisturize the skin. Oatmeal helps to smoothen out the skin bumps and reduces the production of excess keratin.
- Combine 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and enough amounts of milk or water.
- Stir well to make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on the affected areas.
- Gently rub it for few minutes and leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with water and pat dry.
- Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
5) Oatmeal Soap
Chemical based soaps can worsen the skin condition. Instead of using soaps that contain harmful chemicals like paraben and others you can make a non-toxic soap following the below process. You can customize the soap by adding ingredients as per your preference.
- Blend some oatmeal into a fine powder.
- Chop soap base into cubes and take enough cubes you require to make soap.
- Using a double boiler, melt soap base.
- Once it is completely melted, remove from the flame.
- Add oatmeal powder into it and stir well.
- Pour the soap base into moulds and set aside to harden.
- Once they harden, remove from the moulds and use it.
- For extra benefits, you can add coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or honey into the mixture.
- For lovely fragrance, you can add any essential oil of your choice.
- Alternatively, you can use oatmeal instead of ground oatmeal powder.
Tips and Precautions for Keratosis Pilaris
- If you are allergic to oatmeal then please avoid using it.
- As dry skin worsens keratosis pilaris, it is very important to moisturize it often. Apply natural moisturizers like coconut oil, shea butter or cocoa butter.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins from the body.
- Avoid using soap, gels, moisturizers and lotions containing chemicals like paraben and others.
- Avoid scratching the affected area as it can worsen the skin condition.
- Use antiseptic creams that contain glycolic acids or alpha-hydroxy acids. They help to reduce the build up of keratin in hair follicles.
- Include vitamins, green leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts and omega fatty acids in your daily diet.
- Reduce going out in extreme heat and cold weathers.
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