Have you ever noticed unsightly little red bumps on your skin? If so, they may be a condition called keratosis pilaris. Conventional treatments for the issue can be rather harsh on the skin, but there are natural options. This keratosis pilaris exfoliating cream helps moisturize and exfoliate for clearer skin.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Also nicknamed “chicken skin,” keratosis pilaris is an unsightly skin condition that manifests as red patches and bumps. It resembles goosebumps and appears most often on the back of the arms and thighs. They feel rough like sandpaper and are very small, about the size of a salt grain. Sometimes they occur on the face and can be mistaken for acne. There may also be redness around the bumps that varies from light pink to bright red.

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

No one is exactly sure what triggers these little red bumps, but certain groups of people and those with dry skin are more prone to them. Pregnant women, overweight people, and those with eczema or dry skin are more likely to have keratosis pilaris.

Skin naturally contains the protein keratin, and about 50% of us are genetically predisposed to overproducing this protein. When excess keratin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, it forms a rough, raised plug. These clogged hair follicles then cause inflammation, turning the surrounding skin red.

How to get rid of Chicken Skin

Since the hair follicles are plugged with excessive keratin, gently exfoliating the area will help clear them out. (Don’t use anything too rough however, as that can just further irritate the skin.) It’s also important to moisturize the skin, as the problem is caused by overly dry skin in the first place. Using anti-inflammatory products will soothe the skin and tame the accompanying redness.

Conventional treatments typically involve steroids, but here we’re using the potent anti-inflammatory plant turmeric and lavender essential oil.

Use the Right Ingredients

This recipe for keratosis pilaris cream uses baking soda to exfoliate the skin. It has a finer particle size that’s gentler and very cleansing for dry skin.

Baking soda has a very high pH of 9 though, which makes it very alkalizing. Long-term this can cause a problem, as skin is naturally acidic with a pH that ranges between 4 to 5.5. Citric acid makes the mixture more skin-friendly, with its pH of 2.2 to help balance the recipe out. (Just make sure to look for non-GMO citric acid.)

Some Himalayan sea salt provides extra exfoliating power and nourishes the skin with dozens of minerals. Turmeric powder also provides some exfoliation but primarily decreases inflammation. Lavender essential oil further soothes irritated skin and decreases inflammation.

Unrefined coconut oil rounds out the recipe to hold it all together and get that creamy consistency. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, an intense fatty acid that helps break up excess keratin.

I did it. I went back and forth on the decision for a long time. Like someone who just couldn’t let go, I continued with the relationship even though I knew, deep down, it was over.

But there’s always a tipping point when you must face reality — and that point was when I realized I’m just not going to fly all that much this year.

So I did it: I finally split up with American Airlines.

After years of being loyal to them and the Oneworld alliance, paying extra for flights to ensure I kept my status, and championing them on the web, it’s time to face the truth: they’ve ruined their once-stellar loyalty program and given me (and basically everyone else) no incentive to fly them over any other (crappy domestic) airline.

A few years ago, both Delta and United devalued their award charts — awarding fewer miles per flight (unless you bought high-priced tickets), requiring more miles when redeeming them for a flight (The Points Guy just recently showed a screenshot of Delta requiring 255,000 miles to go from NYC to LAX! Crazy!), reducing benefits, and requiring customers to spend a certain amount of money to maintain their elite status. Their message was clear: “We only value you if you spend lots of money with us.”

Yet (in part because of their merger with US Airways) American held out — often increasing benefits. American AAdvantage was a shining jewel in the airline industry, lauded by journalists, insiders, and consumers alike.

I went out of my way to fly American because I felt my loyalty was valued. I was upgraded often, their employees were friendly, customer service issues were often solved swiftly, it was easy to find award seats, and they were often generous in their benefits.

What’s wrong with American AAdvantage?

  • They now require elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs), but unlike United and Delta, they offer no waiver if you spend a lot on American’s branded credit cards.
  • They have upped the cost of award tickets – a lot.
  • They severely reduced saver rewards availability. It’s basically impossible to find saver rewards these days.
  • Confirmed upgrades for anyone but the top elites is basically impossible. I can’t remember the last time I got an upgrade.
  • They have slashed miles earnings on their partner’s flights.
  • They now prioritize upgrades based on status and spending (take that, million-mile status folks!).
  • How they calculate EQDs is opaque and not straightforward. One dollar spent is not one EQD earned, even if you purchase full fare business and first class tickets.

We understand that the market is a competitive one. So, once you’ve secured a rental property it’s important to build a good rapport with your landlord. You want to ensure you are a great tenant so they will not only continue your tenancy, but also recommend you to future landlords. To help you with your journey, we’ve got five top tips on how to do just that:

1. Communicate, plan and schedule your first inspection

Ahead of moving into your new home, confirm with your landlord how they’d prefer to communicate; via email, text or phone call. Next, if you haven’t already finalised a pre-inspection, it’s a great idea to schedule one in. This should take place with yourself, other tenants and the landlord. You’ll have the opportunity to go through the property, take pictures of blemishes and note down anything which wouldn’t normally pass an inspection. It pays to check if there are working smoke alarms installed and obtain the insulation report. Make sure you keep a copy of all images and documentation, just in case you end up at odds with the owner.

2. Ongoing inspections

Inspections normally take place on a bi-annual or quarterly basis. Remember that an inspection only requires 48 hours’ notice from the landlord, also it can only take place between 8am and 7pm. It’s a short notice period, so it’s best to form a good relationship with your landlord, to ensure you’re not caught off guard.

3. Be prepared

Ahead of your inspection, take the opportunity to note down anything which isn’t quite right after living in the home, e.g. non -functional appliances such as: heat pump, oven, dishwasher. If you’re unable to be present for the inspection you can always download this form and fill in the details (on page 7), or leave a note for your landlord should there be any issues.

4. Follow-up

Always be courteous. It’s important to follow-up with your landlord and ask them how the inspection went. Find out if there is any feedback or changes they’d like to make to how you treat the property. This is also an appropriate time to follow up on any changes you’ve asked the landlord to make following the initial property inspection.

If you need some things fixed and these have been agreed upon by the landlord, it’s reasonable to expect these to be completed within 30 days, unless communicated otherwise. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the lease agreement if you’re unsure.