Keratosis Pilaris (bumpy skin)

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition characterized by dry, rough, red bumps located most commonly on the arms and legs. Some feel that keratosis pilaris is actually just a variant of our normal skin, as it can’t be cured or prevented. We can however approve the appearance with the help of creams and lasers. Keratosis Pilaris is most common in children and in many cases, it will disappear on its own.


  • Tiny red, rough bumps on the arms, thighs, cheeks, buttocks or trunk
  • Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and skin tends to be drier
  • Sandpaper-like bumps resembling “goose bumps”
  • Usually asymptomatic but can be itchy

Keratosis Pilaris is due to a build-up of keratin – a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug at the opening of the hair follicle.

Keratosis pilaris is harmless and treatment is only warranted if the appearance is bothersome or it becomes itchy. Topical washes and creams can be used to moisturize and exfoliate the skin to prevent the follicles from becoming plugged.

For more information on this condition, be sure to contact Nova Dermatology today.

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