Keratosis pilaris is a disorder of the skin's ability to form a normal stratum corneum, that is, the top layer of skin. When skin is renewed, old skin cells become trapped in the hair follicles' passageways so that a small flaky plug is formed, a so-called horn plug. The condition is mainly seen around the hair follicles on the upper arms and thighs, but can also occur on the cheeks. The skin feels uneven, bumpy and sometimes red. The rash that is formed does not cause itching or any other direct problems, except that the area feels rough and bumpy and can thus be perceived as unpleasant or aesthetically disturbing. The skin is also often very dry. Avoid trying to pinch the horn plugs. Some sufferers feel that the condition gets worse in the winter and that the condition improves during the summer.
Keratosis pilaris is partly hereditary and cannot be cured with drugs, but there is a lot you can do with good skin care products. Moisturising body lotions an be partially helpful. If you really want to treat your Keratosis, you should invest in a cream that contains some type of exfoliating ingredient, such as enzymes, AHA, BHA or PHA, which help dissolve the horn plugs and smooth the skin surface.