Keratosis pilaris or also known commonly as follicular keratosis or “Chicken Skin” occurs in almost every 1 out of 2 people in the world. This sounds like an unknown killer disease but fret not as this is just is a very common skin genetic disease that is highly likely to appear as rough bumps on the back and outer sides of the upper arms. It may also appear on thighs and buttocks but will never appear on palms and soles.
It is generally confused as acne or goosebumps as it looks remarkably like them in terms of appearance
Keratosis Pilaris range from:
* small and rough bumps with no irritation (also known medically as Alba) to
* reddish and inflamed bumps (also known medically as keratosis pilaris rubra) and much more
Personally I have a few friends that have Keratosis Pilaris without even knowing that this is a common skin disease. Worse still, they thought they it was acne and use the full might of their fingers to squeeze them! This is highly unrecommended as it may cause inflammation and may leads to more serious problems.
Unsightly it may be but Keratosis Pilaris is completely harmless. It tends to worsen during the winter months and low humidity where the weather dries skin out. There is no direct cure for Keratosis Pilaris as it is genetic follicular disease but with the right treatment and the right products applied, amazing results can be achieved.
It is highly recommended that treatment should be a long term affair as buildup of keratin (which consists of the the hard protein in the skin, nails, and hair) will continue to reform around the hair follicles so that it strengthen the skin around it and preventing any relapse of Keratosis Pilaris.