Using a home humidifier when the humidity is low can help keep the symptoms of keratosis pilaris from getting worse. This is especially beneficial during the winter months.
To stop your skin from drying out, use a portable humidifier in your home and office to keep the humidity level between 45 and 55 percent.
Instead of using a humidifier, you can keep a bowl of water in each room to help increase the moisture in the air.
No matter which you decide to use, remember to clean it regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
10. Short, Warm Baths and Showers
When you have bumps on your arms or other parts of your body, avoid taking long hot baths or showers. Hot water and long showers or baths remove natural oils from the skin and lead to dryness, which in turn worsens the symptoms of keratosis pilaris.
Short, warm baths can help loosen up the keratin buildup in the pores. While taking a bath, gently rub the skin using a loofah to unclog the pores and remove the bumps.
To help your skin retain moisture while bathing, you can add some moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal to the water.
Also, after coming out of the bath or shower, pat dry your skin and immediately apply some moisturizer.
- Avoid scrubbing your skin too hard, as it only leads to irritation and redness.
- Avoid picking the bumps, as it can lead to unsightly scarring.
- To instantly make the bumps look and feel better, use a deeply hydrating moisturizer.
- Avoid friction from tight clothes.
- Eat more foods rich in magnesium and zinc to combat skin dryness.
- Be sure to drink an ample amount of water on a daily basis to keep the skin hydrated from within.