Keratosis Pilaris. Little Red Bumps. Chicken Skin.

Known by many names, there’s certainly no love lost for whatever you want to call this annoying condition. Formally recognized as keratosis pilaris—or KP—this very common condition nags an astounding
40 percent of adults.1 So where do all the flesh-colored or red bumps around hair follicles come from? Well, when your body produces keratin, a natural protein of the skin, it can clump around a hair follicle in the pore. The more keratin and dead skin cells that build up, the larger the scaly plug that is formed and thus creates a dreaded bump. Now multiply that times the number of hair follicles on your arms, legs, and thighs, and you have an appearance problem dictating your wardrobe and lifestyle.

While there isn’t a cure-all treatment for keratosis pilaris, there are important steps you can take to help manage its appearance…especially during the colder months when there’s less moisture in the air and KP is at its worst. 

Tips for a Positive Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

  • Keep the skin well hydrated
  • Avoid extremely hot baths and showers
  • Use a mild soap or cleanser

Moisturize With AmLactin®

To soften rough, dry skin associated with KP, you may need a heavy-duty moisturizer from AmLactin® alpha-hydroxy skin care products. AmLactin® moisturizers contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are effective at exfoliating and hydrating the skin. The formulas also contain emollients and humectants that help retain the skin’s moisture and draw water to the skin so it looks and feels soft and smooth.

"KP is not fun because it can be unsightly and tends to rear its ugly head during a person’s teens and twenties, when people are particularly vulnerable to criticism from their peers,” said Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. “ educates visitors on KP and dry skin management and, in addition, offers tips on how to beautify your skin with the ultimate goal of getting it to look and feel its very best at any age."


1. Alai NN. Keratosis pilaris. Accessed January 19, 2012.