Are you dealing with dry skin with red bumps? It could be keratosis pilaris. Sometimes referred to as chicken skin, this is a common skin condition that’s characterized by pimple-like bumps, usually developing on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. In this post, we’ll explore dry skin with bumps in more detail, covering different symptoms and natural treatment options. Read on!
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are not medical professionals. If you're experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is a genetic skin condition that causes patches of rough-feeling bumps to appear on the skin. It’s caused by a buildup of keratin, a hard protein that protects the skin from harmful substances. These bumps are actually the buildup of keratin plugging hair follicles. While the condition is generally harmless and may naturally go away by the time a person reaches 30, there are ways to manage symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. The condition is not contagious.
What Does Keratosis Pilaris Look Like?
Keratosis pilaris is also known as chicken skin because of its goose-bump-like appearance. Because the bumps appear where hair follicles exist, the condition will never develop in locations like the palms of hands or soles of feet. The bumps may be rough and cause the skin to have a sandpaper-like texture. Depending on skin tone, the bumps can appear in different colors including white, pink, brown, red, or black. You may also experience dry skin with itchy bumps or irritable skin.
Who gets Keratosis Pilaris?
Anyone can develop keratosis pilaris, however, it is more likely to affect those with dry skin or eczema. In fact, the condition tends to get worse during the winter months when temperatures are cooler and humidity levels are lower. Because dry skin tends to make this condition worse, pregnant women are also more likely to develop keratosis pilaris. It also tends to be more common in those with fair skin. Finally, while it can develop at any age, children seem to be more susceptible. The condition usually begins in late infancy or adolescence and in many cases, is completely gone by age 30.
Natural Ways to Treat Dry Skin with Bumps
There is no cure for dry skin with bumps but there are ways to manage symptoms and reduce itchiness. We recommend our Emily Skin Soother Bundle. This Chinese herbal eczema treatment includes our Baby & Adult Skin Soother, natural soap bar, and liquid soap soother. Featuring simple ingredients, it’s the perfect treatment for babies and adults alike.
Another great option is our Body Essentials Bundle. It features our best-selling Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Made with just 6 ingredients, including the powerful Manuka honey, it helps to nourish the skin without any burning or stinging. This oil-based balm is dermatologist tested and approved and is safe for the delicate skin of little ones. The natural skincare kit also includes our Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap. Made with moisturizing ingredients, like shea butter and coconut oil, it helps combat dryness and irritation. Try it anywhere on your body from head to toe.
For an at-home remedy, we recommend you gently exfoliate daily. This can help improve the appearance of your skin by gently removing dead skin cells. Taking short, lukewarm baths can also help loosen and unclog pores. You can create an at-home spa treatment with our gentle Conqueror Oatmeal Bath for Eczema. Featuring colloidal oatmeal, it helps fight skin sensitivity and diminishes visible redness. Just be sure not to overdo your bath length as longer wash times can strip the skin of its natural oils. When you are finished, pat dry with a towel to avoid further irritating the skin.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.