Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin condition in which hair follicles in the skin become blocked by keratin proteins. It appears as tiny, coarse bumps in the skin, usually on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. It is often recurring and may disappear on its own. With various treatments, you can keep your keratosis pilaris moderated.

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Symptoms of keratosis pilaris include:

  • Tiny bumps, especially on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks
  • Bumps may be coarse and slightly pink in color
  • Symptoms can worsen in cold, dry weather

This condition is more common in individuals with dry skin or eczema.


Keratosis pilaris is benign and does not require treatment. However, if desired, there are treatment options available that may help keep it under control. Over-the-counter and prescription creams can help to remove dead skin cells and prevent the hair follicles from becoming blocked. Keeping the skin moisturized can also help, as well as using a humidifier and being gentle with the skin. Topical retinoids, topical steroid ointments, and exfoliating creams may be recommended to relieve symptoms.