Keratosis Pilaris

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris is an extremely common skin condition. While some people may be worried when it develops, it is harmless. It causes a wide array of symptoms that may initially be alarming, but overall, the condition causes no serious issues.

What are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?

The symptoms of keratosis pilaris are not dangerous, but they can be quite annoying.

Symptoms include

  • Tiny bumps on the upper arms, cheeks, buttocks, and thighs. These bumps are not painful.
  • Dry, rough skin in the areas where the bumps appear.
  • The bumps and dryness become worse when seasonal changes occur. This is because seasonal changes cause the air to be less humid, which makes skin dryer.

Bumps that resemble sandpaper or goose flesh.

How is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?

Typically, keratosis pilaris clears up by itself. However, there are remedies on the market that can make your skin appear smoother and relieve the dryness in your skin.

Treatments include

Pretty much any moisturizing skin cream will aid in the appearance and feel of the skin. However, if you do not find relief from these, your dermatologist may be able to prescribe medicated ointment that will help.

Other types of cream that assist in treating this condition are, creams to remove dead skin cells and creams to prevent clogged hair follicles.

Last Reviewed:
October 06, 2016
Last Updated:
September 01, 2017