How to Get Rid of Keratosis Pilaris Once and for All


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Keratosis pilaris: If you don't have it, those two words will mean nothing to you. But if you do, the next few months of (hopefully) warmer weather may 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 called keratin build up and block hair follicles. "These are tiny red or white bumps that occur in patches—it's common and completely harmless," she notes. We're not saying you should be embarrassed of the bumps, but if you want to do something about them, we've got a few tricks.

We spoke to Rouleau and skincare specialist Kate Kerr about how to treat the condition, and we're also giving you a quick rundown on how to tell if you have it.