Have you ever looked at your arms and noticed rough patches of dry skin? Did an itchy rash stop you from wearing your gorgeous sleeveless top again? You are not the only one! Unfortunately, almost 40% of us suffer from bumpy skin at the back of the upper arms, commonly known as Chicken Skin.
Ketorasis Pilaris, which is the medical term for this ailment, can occur at any age, usually runs in families and often goes hand-in-hand with chronic dry skin. What causes this embarassing condition? When our skin produces too much keratin, it accumulates at the opening of each individual hair follicle, blocking pores. Theselittle bumps can make the surface appear irritated and inflamed, that’s why it’s so important to take special care.
We asked Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com to give us her tips on what to do, to get your arms summer-ready and banish those bumps:
‘Make sure you exfoliate the area regularly with natural and gentle exfoliator. Avoid anything too abrasive though, as this can cause damage to your skin.’
‘Massage the affected areas twice a day with a natural gentle moisturiser to soften bumps. Some people have found a real benefit by using coconut oil to moisturise the area.’
‘Make sure you use a gentle non-harsh soap when you wash.’
‘Eat plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to skin. Add oily fish to your diet such as mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies and salmon. If you are a vegetarian eat flaxseeds or chia seeds.’
‘Make sure your digestive system is running properly. Digestive disorders can manifest themselves in poor skin condition. Lack of nutrient absorption can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. You may want to consider taking a digestive enzyme if you think you may suffer from lack of nutrients. Also make sure that your intestinal flora is balanced. It is important to have enough good bacteria to ensure a proper digestive system. Try taking a good quality probiotic.’
‘Remove any foods, which may be an allergen. Such foods may include dairy, gluten and sugar.’
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By: Shona Wilkinson