The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris are small pimples which tend to be skin coloured or red on light skin and brown on dark skin. They appear on the arms, thighs, buttocks or the face and are sometimes compared to ‘goose bumps’. If these symptoms occur on other parts of the body you should consult a doctor or dermatologist.
The pin-head sized bumps (keratoses) are harmless and do not normally cause any pain but they can be itchy, and regular, aggressive itching may lead to inflammation. When the symptoms appear on parts of the body that are clearly visible, Keratosis Pilaris can cause issues around self-esteem and what starts as a cosmetic problem can become a psychological one.
Dry skin is particularly susceptible to ‘chicken skin’. The symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris worsen in conditions of low humidity (e.g. the winter) and tend to improve when humidity is higher (e.g. the summer). Keratosis Pilaris also accompanies certain allergies and Atopic Dermatitis