Many of us have experienced these red spots on our arms that have the look of permanent goose bumps. Have you ever wondered why you have those annoying red spots on your arms? You know the ones I mean. The rash appears to be dozens of tiny red bumps packed together, and it’s often referred to as ‘chicken skin’. There is a reason why you get this condition, and although it’s uncurable, you can do certain things to combat it.
The official name for it is keratosis pilaris. And, no, it’s not as serious as it sounds, so don’t you worry. It’s a common condition and basically harmless, so no need for visiting your doctor unless it really concerns you and you think it might be something else. This condition appears mostly on the back of the upper arms, and it can also show up on your backside and the front of your thighs.
In extremely rare cases, keratosis pilaris can also affect the eyebrows, face, and your scalp, and also can affect the entire body. If you are wondering who is to blame for your condition, you should probably ask your parents. This condition is inherited and usually runs in the family. If one of your parents have it, there’s a 1 in 2 chance that the kids will also end up with it.
But what causes it? Medical experts claim that keratosis pilaris occurs when too much keratin builds up in the skin’s hair follicles.
Keratin is the protein in the tough outer layer of skin, which makes skin thicker. The excess keratin blocks any hair follicles with plugs of hard, rough skin which in turn widen the pores. That’s why your skin appears spotty as well. The condition usually worsens during winter or when it’s too dry. Luckily, it improves in the summer.
Keratosis pilaris isn’t contagious and typically improves as you get older. If you are lucky enough, it might even disappear completely as you reach adulthood (around the age of 25).
Unfortunately, there is no cure for it. but there is still something that you can do to help yourself.
If you want to improve the rash, you can use soap-free cleansers, because using soap will only dry out your skin. This will result in worsening your condition. Another thing you can do is to keep yourself moisturized and exfoliate regularly. This will help you to gently remove the dead skin cells.