What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris is small, dry white bumps that occur in patches. You may know them as “chicken bumps” or “KP”.
Understanding Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris bumps are an excess build-up of keratin in many adjacent hair follicles within an area. They are most common on the back of the upper arms, the back and can appear even on buttocks.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris breakouts?
Keratosis Pilaris bumps don’t exfoliate away, they don’t respond to acne medicine or creams, they won’t go away permanently, and they can get itchy. Oh, and they get angry looking in the heat, in the cold, from creams, sprays, clothing, and sometimes for no known reason at all. KP looks like acne or a rash.
Keratosis Pilaris can’t hurt you unless you get an infection from scratching it. The KP beast can be temporarily tamed with a gentle exfoliation with mild soap and sonic brush. Over scrubbing or strong products can also make a mess of your skin. And it is easy to mistake KP for acne or poison ivy if you don’t know better, starting a vicious cycle of KP inflammation and redness.
KP is a concern in warmer months when most of us show more upper arm skin. Brides-to-be are often concerned about potential wedding day Keratosis Pilaris breakouts, especially on upper arms and chest.