Do you have those pesky red bumps on your arms? The ones that look like “chicken skin”? If you raised your red bump covered arm, you are in good company. 80% of the population has red bumps called Keratosis Pilaris either on their arms, thighs, or booty.
Mine happen to be on my arms. Of course I think having it on the back of my arms means I have it in the absolute worse place in the history of ever. Sleeveless shirts mock me in the summertime. Tank tops cause me all kinds of stress.
Doctor treatment of my keratosis pilaris has had virtually no effect, even though I have tried some aggressive forms of treatment. Forgive me for wanting a magical cream to rub on daily, regardless of toxicity to the rest of my body, so that my arms look great in a sleeveless little black dress.
Unfortunately that doctor prescribed magical cream does not exist.
Being stubborn, and perhaps just a wee bit vain (thank you for understanding), I have never given up trying to improve the appearance on the back of my arms. Which is how I hit upon this gem of a treatment.
I should have known that a simple, all natural treatment would be just as, if not more effective than, anything a high priced dermatologist ever gave me.
Have I mentioned that this all natural treatment is also super cheap and uses ingredients you have in your kitchen?
Go forth to your kitchen and gather white sugar and olive oil. With just these two ingredients you can start erasing those bumps right away.
If you are thinking to yourself, “This sounds suspiciously like she is telling me to make a sugar scrub.”
That’s because I’m telling you to mix up a sugar scrub.
In order to treat those red bumps on your arms you need to do two things:
The sugar will exfoliate your skin while the oil provides the moisture.
If you are thinking it can’t be as easy as a sugar scrub, I ask you to give it a go. What do you have to lose?
Oh yeah. Those embarrassing red bumps on the back of your arms.
Because you need to be consistent in using a scrub every day when you shower, this is what you need to do.
First, I now keep a 5 pound bag of sugar under my sink. It is inevitable that you won’t remember you ran out of scrub until the water is running and you are naked. Don’t ask me how I know this. Just keep the bag of sugar under your sink.
Next, I started with olive oil but I graduated to NOW Foods Avocado Oil. The oleic acid in the avocado oil provides great moisture for your skin. I’ve come to absolutely swear by it as the best. But if what you have is olive oil, you will still receive plenty of moisturizing.
I encourage you to use a ball plastic freezer jar to store your scrub in the shower. The scrub will get your hands oily and you do not want to have a glass jar slip and break in the shower.
You are going to put approximately 1 cup of sugar in the jar and still leave about an inch of headroom. Pour in avocado oil almost to the top. Put on lid and shake vigorously to mix.
At this stage you are good to go. Scrub your arms every shower. Within a few days you will notice the bumpiness has been greatly reduced. However, you need to use it consistently before you will notice a decrease in the redness of your arms.
There is one drawback to this scrub. If you work up any kind of sweat during the day, you will be left smelling like “Eau de Olive Oil.” And you don’t need to have a work out sweat. I’m talking about getting into a car that is too warm sweat.
So basically, you will smell.
This is where essential oils come to play. Adding essential oils helps you smell great all day.
Here are some of my favorite essential oil combinations to add to your sugar scrub:
6 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
6 drops peppermint
6 drops wild orange
A bunch of drops of bergamot essential oil all by itself
A bunch of drops of lavender essential oil all by itself
There you have it. The best way I’ve found to treat keratosis pilaris red bumps. Please try it and be sure to report back with your results!
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.