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Keratosis pilaris— nicknamed ‘chicken skin’-- is a harmless skin condition in which the skin becomes bumpy and rough. These bumps may resemble goosebumps or the skin of a plucked chicken. Read on to understand more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of keratosis pilaris.

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1. What is keratosis pilaris?

This harmless, but sometimes uncomfortable skin condition occurs when there is a buildup of keratin, the protein which protects skin from infections and other unwanted agents. The keratin builds up, blocking hair follicles and creating plugs of dead skin cells. The bumps may appear white, red, or skin colored, and they give the skin a sandpaper-like texture. They often appear on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and cheeks. Sometimes the skin in the area becomes itchy and inflamed, especially during seasonal change and dry winter months.

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