When I was eleven years old, I found out that I had tiny red bumps on my legs. It looked like goosebumps, with the difference that these were permanent. At that moment, I didn’t think it was a problem. Just exfoliate a few times well, and it’s gone, I told myself. But it turned out not to be the case…
A few weeks later, I panicked. I’d bought several body scrubs, and none of them worked. According to my mom, the bumps would disappear on their own. But that wasn’t true either.
About 15 years later, I found out that it was a skin condition, namely Keratosis Pilaris (KP). And I still haven’t accepted it -I hate showing my legs. Luckily I’m not the only one who has this (thanks to the internet)! I notice that especially Asians suffer from it, but I’m not sure if this an Asian skin problem.
Anyway, if you’re not familiar with KP or having permanent goosebumps as well. Stick with me to learn more about it.
What is keratosis Pilaris?
KP is a condition that causes tiny red, white or flesh-colored bumps on the skin. Medics call it “a disorder of keratinisation of the hair follicles.” This means that keratin builds up in the follicles, and causes permanent bumps on the skin. It appears on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes in the face.
Nobody knows why this happens, but it’s probably something genetic -thanks dad! The condition usually emerges in adolescence, and thereafter never disappears.
In winter, it can get worse, because your skin is drier. But luckily we don’t have to show our skin in winter.
Is keratosis pilaris bad for your skin?
No, it’s not bad for your skin. The bumps are totally harmless, and usually you don’t notice it -unless you stare at it. You might not say it, but this condition is so common, that dermatologists call it a variation of normal skin. Honestly, I’ve met few others who have this condition too…
Is there any treatment for Keratosis pilaris?
You can manage the KP with a gentle AHA exfoliation, and you need to extra moisturize your skin. This helps to reduce the bumps, but unfortunately they never completely disappear.
For a while, I used an AHA exfoliation myself to treat my legs. But the result was so minimal, that I stopped the treatment. I haven’t use any other treatment since. I think I just have to live with this skin condition. And maybe I make it bigger in my head, then it actually is.
To be very, very honest: no one ever commented on my KP.