Do you have Keratosis Pilaris on arms, legs or face? – This is a very common condition, also called Chicken skin
You may have read about the skin condition keratosis pilaris, a very common, and harmless skin condition which affects many teenagers and adults. Many sufferers experience rough, slightly raised red bumps over the skin of their upper arms.
See the picture below to see a typical example of keratosis pilaris on arms
Keratosis pilaris can affect other parts of the body too. While generally, the condition isn’t painful in any way, some itchiness can occur. Sufferers are often most concerned with the appearance of the bumps in the skin. If you’re suffering from red bumps on your upper arms, you too may be suffering from keratosis pilaris. So if you want to know if the red bumps on your upper arms are keratosis pilaris, read on.
If you’re suffering from these red bumps anywhere on your body, you too may be suffering from keratosis pilaris.
So if you want to know more about the condition, continue to read below.
What is Keratosis Pilaris on Arms and Why Do I Have It?
Keratosis pilaris is a hereditary condition, you’re much likely to suffer from keratosis pilaris if your mom or dad have it too. It tends to run in families and, unfortunately, if one parent has it, you have a 50% chance of developing the condition.
Keratosis pilaris normally makes its first appearance in childhood and gets worse as you enter puberty. It can, however, affect people of all ages, so if you’re no longer a teenager, but still suffering from red bumps on your upper arms, it’s likely to be keratosis pilaris.
Women have a bigger risk of getting KP
Females are usually more affected than men, and people who already suffer from the dry skin conditions or eczema are also likely to suffer from keratosis pilaris.
The condition can also present itself in other areas of the body. Although “chicken skin” on the upper arms are the most common form of keratosis pilaris, it’s also found on the buttocks and fronts of the thighs.
In some cases, sufferers can experience a rash on their forearms and upper back, and in some extreme instances, on the eyebrows, face, and scalp, or even over the entire body.
In some cases, sufferers can experience these bumps on their face. It usually shows in the cheeks or forehead.
There are three types of keratosis pilaris.
- keratosis pilaris rubra – Shows as red inflamed bumps
- keratosis pilaris alba – rough bumpy skin with no inflammation
- keratosis pilaris rubra faceii – which is red rashes on the cheeks.
If you suspect you have keratosis pilaris, continue to read our articles on how to get rid of it in a natural way.
Here’s a review of a used-to-be keratosis pilaris sufferer