What is it?
A common skin condition, which appears as tiny bumps on the skin. These bumps are most common on the back of the upper arms. They may be the same color as your skin or slightly red. The bumps may also become more noticeable in the winter or in dry climates. It is not contagious.
Who gets it?
- People of all ages and races may have this
- It usually begins before the age of 2 or during the teenage years
- You are at a high risk of getting it if you have asthma, dry skin, eczema, excess body weight, hay fever, ichthyosis vulgaris.
What causes it?
- We get keratosis pilaris when dead skin cells clog our pores
- Keratosis pilaris is not due to being unclean
- Keratosis pilaris is harmless, so typically no treatment is necessary
- A creamy moisturizer can soothe the itch and dryness
- Moisturizing creams that are used to treat the bumps of keratosis pilaris have urea, lactic acid or glycolic acid in them
- Exfoliate gently
- Slather on moisturizer (keratosis pilaris often flares up when the skin is dry)
- Shaving or waxing in the area may cause more bumps
- Take short showers to prevent skin from drying
- Use warm water rather than hot water when showering
- Use a humidifier when the air feels dry
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Keratosis pilaris.