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Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The condition is generally worse in winter and often clears in the summer.
Signs and tests
Your doctor or nurse can usually diagnose this condition by looking at your skin. Tests are usually not needed.
Treatment may include:
Improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.
Keratosis pilaris may fade slowly with age.
Calling your health care provider
Call your doctor or nurse if the bumps are bothersome and do not get better with lotions you buy without a prescription.
Reviewed by:Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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