How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris Once and for All

Elinor Block


Keratosis pilaris: If you don't have it, then those two words will mean nothing to you. However, if you do, then we can imagine that the next few months of (hopefully) warmer weather fill you with dread. The bumpy, rough skin condition can appear on arms, thighs and even cheeks.

Delightfully, it's often referred to as "chicken skin," which isn't exactly a great way to get people talking about something that makes them feel self-conscious. So why do some people have it? According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, the condition occurs when dead skin cells and a protein in the skin called keratin build up and block hair follicles. "These are tiny red or white bumps [that occur] in patches—it's very common and completely harmless," she notes.

Now, we're not saying for a moment that you should be embarrassed or ashamed of the bumps (life's too short), but if you do feel like you want to do something about it, we've got a few tricks to help. We also spoke to facialist and skincare specialist Kate Kerr about how to treat the condition by exfoliating properly and using the right products. Before that, we've also given you a quick rundown on how to tell if you have it.

Keep scrolling for our ultimate guide on keratosis pilaris.

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