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Germain Dermatology blog



Over the cold winter did you notice bumps on your skin? Perhaps on the back of your thighs or arms? Most of us chalk this up to dry, irritated skin, but what happens when the weather warms and the bumps don’t go away? You could have a case of Keratosis Pilaris. Keratosis Pilaris, also known as ‘Chicken Skin’, is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.  The excess keratin, which is cream-colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore ultimately causing bumps. The appearance of Keratosis Pilaris differs from case to case varying from almost clear hard bumps to red and inflamed bumps. However, as frustrating as they can be, these bumps cause no irritation or itching and are equivalent to the size of a grain of sand. This condition is most common in children and usually goes away on its own by the age of 30, but all races, sexes, and ages can be affected.


The appearance or feel of these bumps may worsen in drier months when humidity is low, resulting in the association to dry skin. Also allergies, extreme temperatures and hormones can result in more noticeable symptoms. Luckily there is no medical danger associated with Keratosis Pilaris, but there is no specific treatment either.While there may not be any harm associated with Keratosis Pilaris, we understand they can be unsightly and down right annoying. Many patients have had great success with the GermainRX Smooth Regimen containing Body Wash, Clearing Spray and Body Lotion. This trio of Glycolic body products was created to effectively treat unwanted bumps and improve general skin texture. The specially formulated clearing spray accelerates the removal of dead skin cells that can interfere with the proper disposal of oil from the skin- an important aid in treating Keratosis Pilaris. Eliminating dairy & gluten as well as limiting sun exposure can also help with outbreaks.

For more severe cases, including those on the face, we suggest visiting a skin care specialist for a treatment right for you.

Marguerite Germain

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