Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles. It feels like weird hard bumps. It is very common on the back of the arms of many women.
Causes and Risk Factors
Keratosis pilaris is harmless and seems to be hereditary. If your mom has it its likely you do as well. It is more
common in people who have very dry skin, or who have atopic dermatitis or eczema. The condition is generally
worse in winter and often clears in the summer.
- Small bumps that look like “goose bumps” on the back of the upper arms and thighs.
- Bumps feel like very rough sandpaper.
- Skin-colored bumps are the size of a grain of sand.
- Slight pinkness may be seen around some bumps.
- Bumps may appear on the face and be mistaken for acne.
Treatment may include:
Moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better.
Skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or vitamin D
Steroid creams to reduce redness but I recommend trying natural options. Moisturizing and exfoliating. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a body glove or pad. A natural sponge is best.
Improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.
Keratosis pilaris may fade slowly with age.