What Is Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common harmless skin condition, that causes small, hard bumps on the skin that make your skin feel rough. It is commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘goose flesh’. Keratosis pilaris is a result of a build-up of keratin forming a plug in the hair follicle. They are more commonly seen on the outer of the upper arms, thighs, buttocks and occasionally on the face.

Who can it affect

Keratosis pilaris equally affects both men and women. It can start early in childhood  and peaks at puberty. From then Keratosis pilaris will either improve into adulthood or continue and be persistent. If your skin is dry, you will find that you are more prone to having keratosis pilaris

  • Keratosis pilaris does not cause any harm medically. In fact most people dont even know they have it.
  • The actual cause is unknown, although research shows there is a genetic componenent
  • There are several different forms of keratosis pilaris each with there own unique features and visual characteristics


There is no cure or gold standard treatment for keratosis pilaris, although there are many options for an effective treatment.  The appearance and texture can be treated  with resurfacing skin peels which increase cellular turnover and soften the keratin plugs. Laser treatments can treat the redness associated   Also what I find gives excellent results is homecare products with high percentages of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s).


  • Moisturise skin daily
  • Don’t scratch or pick bumps
  • Shower in warm water rather than hot
  • Exfoliate regularly
Pic:  http://www.lasermelbourne.com.au/index.php/keratosis-pilaris/

15 thoughts on “Do you suffer from chicken skin?

  1. Informative article.
    My daughter has had this skin condition for around 8 years now
    (on her upper arms).
    I will be sure to try your suggested ‘tips’.
    Thank you.

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  2. I suffer from this. I didn’t realise what it was called until now but I am constantly exfoliating and moisturising. I find my skin has trouble retaining the moisture and it is not as bad in the summer.

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  3. My 15 year old niece has these little bumps on her upper arms. They have been treating it with a serum they were recommended by the Laser Clinic. I think it is working. Great tips and very interesting! Keep up the good work!

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  4. My 9 year old son has this on his upper arms.
    And he is constantly hot. I always wondered, does his body temperature had something to do with it?

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    1. Hi Kerri, being hot probably doesn’t help this skin condition but it is unlikely to be the cause. I have included some tips in my blog but hopefully he will grow out of it as he gets older.
      Thanks Sonia


  5. I took my son to a natropath a few years ago. He had little bumps on the side of his face. She said it was this skin condition also. She recommended the above treatment also as well as good quality omega 3.
    Your article was a good reminder of what we should still be doing. Thanks

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  6. My daughter has it on her upper arms. Compared to the beautiful soft skin on the rest of her body, it’s out of character. It doesn’t bother her now, but I think it will when she gets older.

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    1. Hi Kelly, hopefully as she grows older she will grow out of it. A dermal clinician will be able to recommend a variety of treatments that give great results if it becomes a problem.
      Thanks Sonia


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