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Keratosis pilaris, sometimes called “chicken skin,” is a common skin condition that causes patches of rough-feeling bumps to appear on the skin. These tiny bumps or pimples are actually dead skin cells clogging hair follicles. They sometimes appear red or brown in color.

Keratosis pilaris is commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. It isn’t contagious, and these bumps don’t usually cause any discomfort or itching.

This condition is known to worsen in the winter months when the skin tends to dry out and may also worsen during pregnancy.


Anyone can be susceptible to this skin condition, but it’s most common in children and teenagers. Keratosis pilaris often begins in late infancy or during adolescence. It typically clears up in one’s mid-20s, with most cases completely gone by the age of 30.

Hormonal changes can cause flare-ups during pregnancy and during puberty. Keratosis pilaris is most common in people with fair skin.


  • Painless tiny bumps on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks

  • Dry, rough skin in the areas with bumps

  • Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and dry skin

  • Sandpaper-like bumps resembling goose flesh


Ways to treat it or prevent it from getting worse.

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