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Bumps on Your Skin? Five Things you Should Know About Keratosis Pilaris

Mariana Atanasovski, M.D. Dermatology, Skin Care

Though unsightly and itchy, Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that can improve with age, but might never completely go away. Here are five things you need to know if you, or someone you know, suffers from this condition.

  • Keratosis Pilaris is a condition caused by plugging of the follicle with keratin – a protein that helps protect your skin
  • Though the bumps caused by Keratosis Pilaris generally affect the arms, they can also appear on thighs, cheeks and buttocks
  • Bumps are typically small, white and rough, but they can sometimes be red
  • Keratosis Pilaris can be hereditary, so if you have it check out your mom or dad’s arms too
  • This condition can get worse in the winter, when there is less humidity in the air or become irritated by shaving

Keratosis Pilaris Examples
If you have Keratosis Pilaris, and it’s becoming bothersome, try moisturizing to make the skin texture feel smoother. Simple products, such as Cetaphil or CeraVe, when used daily can provide relief. Allure Medical Spa Private Label’s Gly Sal pads are another option if the roughness is very problematical, or try an exfoliating combination of glycolic acid with a Clarisonic brush. A mild topical steroid cream can also be used if the condition is extremely irritating.

As always, see a medical dermatologist for major concerns with this or any other skin condition.


Mariana Atanasovski, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and works with Allure Dermatology patients of all ages – from infancy through adulthood. She treats a variety of conditions from acne to rashes to skin cancers. Dr. Atanasovski accepts new patients same day whenever possible.