What Is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin condition that causes patches of rough small bumps to appear on the skin. Also known as chicken skin, anyone with this condition tends to notice painless small bumps around their hair follicles. These bumps contain excess keratin, a protein responsible for hair, nail and epidermis formation. In terms of looks, the bumps may appear red, white or brown depending on your skin color.
However, keratosis pilaris is mostly found in toddlers, babies or teenagers. It worsens during puberty, winter months or pregnancy. Aside from that, it tends to disappear as one approaches age 30 naturally. According to research, scientists believe that genetics also plays a role in who might develop this condition. People with fair or light skin, diabetes, obesity, down syndrome, and Cushing's syndrome are also on the high side of developing this skin condition.