This very common skin condition is known as Keratosis Pilaris (KP) and affects about 50% of all adults. Don't worry—while KP may look undesirable and feel rough to the touch, this condition is not harmful in anyway. The white bumps are caused when excess keratin protein gets trapped in the hair follicles due to insufficient exfoliation. KP is most often found on the backs of arms and the upper thighs, but can appear on other parts of the body as well. While those affected can experience this condition year round, Keratosis Pilaris is usually worse in the winter due to the cold, dry air.
There are some easy ways to keep it under control and less noticeable. The use of mechanical exfoliants such as products with scrubbing beads or grains can irritate the condition, making it more visibly noticeable. Instead, we recommend using a daily moisturizer with high strength Alpha Hydroxy Acid such as NeoStrata Lotion Plus AHA 15. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are proven to increase the exfoliation process, which will smooth the skin and lessen the appearance of those little white bumps without the added irritation that comes from scrubbing.
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