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How to Finally Get Rid of Those Little Red Bumps on Your Arms

Keratosis pilaris

What is keratosis pilaris?

Chicken skin, officially known as keratosis pilaris (KP), is a very common, harmless, genetic condition that causes small, hard, reddish bumps typically on the back of the arms. “Skin feels like ‘chicken skin’ or sandpaper, and it is oftentimes mistaken for small pimples,” says Samer Jaber, MD at Washington Square Dermatology. “It can also affect the thighs and buttocks of adults and cheeks of young children.”

According to the Canadian Dermatology Centre, approximately 40 percent of the population is affected with this skin condition. Keratosis pilaris is thought to occur from an excessive buildup of keratin around hair follicles, which may trap and prevent them from reaching the surface, causing bumps on the skin. “Unfortunately, there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, but it usually improves when you reach adulthood, and by our 20s most people will have seen a significant improvement,” Dr. Jaber says. “It’s also better in the summer, and worse in the winter, when skin is dryer.” (If you’re experiencing seasonal dryness, check out these simple ways to soothe dry skin.)

In the meantime, read below for the treatments that can drastically, if not fully, reduce the appearance of your red bumps.

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