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What Are Those Pesky “Chicken Bumps” On My Arms?

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

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Commonly known as ‘Chicken bumps’, keratosis pilaris is a very prevalent skin condition that primarily affects adolescents and young adults. It is categorized by its gooseflesh appearance and multiple tiny pink or red bumps on certain areas of the body.

Is Keratosis Pilaris Harmful?

No. Medically speaking, KP is a benign condition that only affects the appearance of the skin. In some cases, KP may cause a confidence problem for people who dislike the appearance of the bumps, but otherwise aren’t problematic.

What Causes KP?

The exact cause is unknown; however, theories suggest overproduction of keratin (hyperkeratinisation) may be a primary culprit. There is likely a genetic component as well. The condition often disappears just as mysteriously as it shows up!

Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris

Symptoms of KP include: tens to hundreds of small reddish-pink bumps on certain parts of the body, skin that feels rough to the touch, pinkness of surrounding skin and sometimes a scaly appearance to the skin.

What Parts of the Body Does it Affect?

Technically, KP can affect any part of the skin but the vast majority of cases are found on the upper arms, thighs, face, back or buttocks.

Who Is Most Likely to Develop KP?

Anyone can develop keratosis pilaris, however it tends to affect children and adolescents more frequently and often disappears by the age of 30. More females seem to develop KP than males. It has also been seen more commonly in those with other skin conditions such as xerosis (dry skin) or atopic dermatitis.

Is It Preventable or Treatable?

KP is not preventable nor curable, but it often does not require much treatment and may randomly disappear on its own. Some people with moderate to severe keratosis pilaris may use special moisturizers to decrease the appearance or KP. There are also many home remedies out there that claim to help minimize keratosis pilaris.

That concludes our look at keratosis pilaris. Thanks for visiting DocChat!

 

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