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Keratosis Pilaris Specialist

Dermatology Associates of Texas

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

Do you have tiny, dry bumps on your arms, thighs, or buttocks? If so, you may have keratosis pilaris, a common and harmless skin condition. Though keratosis pilaris doesn’t always require treatment, if your skin condition itches, the team at Dermatology Associates of Texas can help. Call one of the offices in Museum District, Houston, or Pearland, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.

Keratosis Pilaris Q & A

What is keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that causes small, rough bumps on your skin. These bumps may look like goosebumps or what some people call chicken skin. 


Keratosis pilaris is harmless and develops when you have a buildup of keratin on your skin. Keratin is a tough protein that protects your skin from harmful substances. With keratosis pilaris, the keratin plugs up your pores, creating rough bumps and patches. 

What are the symptoms of keratosis pilaris?

You can develop keratosis pilaris at any age, but it most often occurs during childhood. Common symptoms of this skin condition include:


  • Dry, sandpaper-like skin
  • Bumps that look like goosebumps or chicken skin
  • Worsening of the bumps when the weather turns cold and dry
  • White, red, pink, purple, or dark bumps


With keratosis pilaris, you may have only a few flesh-colored bumps or a rash that covers large areas of your skin. Keratosis pilaris most often affects the arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks.

When should I seek dermatology care for keratosis pilaris?

You should seek dermatology care whenever you have an unknown skin condition that fails to go away within a day or two. Though keratosis pilaris is harmless, the skin condition may be mistaken for other skin problems such as:

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis causes dry, rough, scaly patches of skin on sun-exposed areas of the body. These patches require dermatology care and removal because they may turn into skin cancer.

Seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis is a skin condition that causes waxy, scaly, raised brown or black growths. Unlike actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis is noncancerous.

How is keratosis pilaris treated?

There’s no cure for keratosis pilaris and no treatment that can prevent the skin condition from occurring. However, if your keratosis pilaris itches or causes pain, the team at Dermatology Associates of Texas may provide treatment to ease your symptoms, such as a moisturizing agent that contains urea or lactic acid.


To improve your skin’s appearance, the team may recommend exfoliation. You can do this at home with a loofah or at-home microdermabrasion kit. The team may also prescribe a topical medication to help remove dead skin cells.


When at-home care fails to improve your keratosis pilaris, the team may provide laser treatments.


For expert skin care from the leading dermatologists in Houston, call Dermatology Associates of Texas or schedule an appointment online today.