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Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris with Essential Oils

Keratosis Pilaris: 

Often referred to simply as “chicken skin, “keratosis pilaris is a skin condition characterized by small, red, purple, or white lumps on the skin accompany the bumps, which are usually cosmetic problem rather than a medical one. Seek medical attention if severe redness, inflammation, or an infection is present.

Geranium-Citrus Soak: 


Moisturizing well is vital to reducing the appearance of keratosis pilaris. Moisturize your skin before using any type of scrub, as it will help remove the sebum plugs from pores and follicles. Geranium essential oil addresses inflammation and improves skin tone, and the lemon and tangerine essential oils aid in softening the skin prior to exfoliation. Use bergamot, lime, or orange essential oils to replace the lemon or tangerine, if desired.



  1. In a small glass bowl, add the carrier oil along with the geranium, lemon, and tangerine essential oils, and stir well to combine.
  2. Draw a warm bath and add the entire treatment to the running water.
  3. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Using a loofa or other natural fiber, exfoliate after soaking
  5. Shower to remove the dead skin. Use caution when standing in the bathtub, as it may be slippery.
  6. Repeat this treatment once a day until symptoms subside or continue treatment as a preventive measure.



The mandarin essential oil aids in moisturizing and soothing the skin during the exfoliation process. Tagetes essential oil has strong antimicrobial properties that make it ideal for inclusion in this scrub. If you have none on hand, use tea tree essential oil in its place. Avoid sun exposure for at least 12 hours after this treatment, as both tagetes and mandarin essential oils cause photosensitivity.

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