Keratosis pilaris is nothing more than small bumps on the skin that look extremely similar to goosebumps, but are red. And frankly, my experience with this medical condition has been no more serious than a case of goosebumps.
Apart from the keratosis pilaris being aesthetically unpleasing on my upper arms, primarily around the triceps area, there has been nothing of major concern for me. The tiny flesh-colored and red bumps on my upper arms are harmless, and always have been since I first noticed them some eight or so years ago.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Each tiny bump on the skin is actually a plug of dead skin cells. The condition is most common on the upper arms (where I have them) and the upper thighs. If children have keratosis pilaris, it is not uncommon to see the tiny bumps appear on the cheeks, possibly confusing some to think of the bumps as acne.
Now that I am closer to twenty-five years of age than twenty, the condition of keratosis pilaris has pretty much gone away, but not completely. If i look at my triceps and upper arms, I can still see some red bumps there, but really are more of any afterthought these days than anything else.
When I was a teenager, the bumps would itch during the cold of winter because of the extremely dry air of my hometown. And in contrary, the keratosis pilaris would be helped and become less obvious during the warmer months of summer. But like I’ve stated prior, the condition has not been a major concern in my life, apart from it being aesthetically displeasing.
To be blunt about it, the condition hit me in such a place, where the general public didn’t see my upper arms very often. Even when my arms were exposed during basketball games in middle and secondary school, someone would be hard-pressed to notice the bumps unless they were standing a few feet from me.
Thankfully, most of my bumps were the color of my flesh and my mother worked at a dermatology clinic, ensuring that she could easily diagnose my condition just by looking at and feeling them.
Even though keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin condition, people who have itch or problems with the look of the bumps, treatment is readily available. Moisturizers will help with the itch, and a mild chemical exfoliant can effectively remove the excess dead skin and rid the skin of the bumps. Topical retinoids applied to the skin will also help. The bumps will come back if treatment is not applied often, but adulthood will usually be the ultimate cure to this skin condition.