Keratosis pilaris

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Keratosis pilaris is a common rash that results in bumps on the skin. Learn what causes keratosis pilaris and how it is diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Keratosis pilaris is a very common and harmless skin condition that occurs when there is too much protein in the hair follicles.
  • It is usually inherited from one or both parents.
  • Keratosis pilaris causes the skin to appear blotchy and bumpy and can be itchy if it occurs with dry skin.
  • Moisturizers and special creams may improve the appearance of keratosis pilaris and ease any discomfort, but they cannot cure it.
Last updated: May 6th 2015