What is Keratosis Pilaris (also known as “KP”)?

  • Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition diagnosed in approximately 40% of the population.  So if you or your child have KP, you are certainly not alone!
  • It is characterized by tiny bumps on the skin, usually found on the outer areas of the upper arms, thighs, and cheeks (often referred to as “chicken skin”).  The bumps give a sandpaper-like texture to the skin in these areas.
  • It commonly presents itself as flesh-colored to slightly red, rough little bumps.  It may occasionally become itchy, but can be managed with proper treatment.

What causes Keratosis Pilaris in children?

  • Keratosis Pilaris is hereditary, which means your child likely inherited the condition from his/her mother or father.
  • It is caused by the excess build-up of dead skin cells around individual hair follicles.  This is a genetic condition and is not caused by parental neglect and bathing too infrequently.
  • It is commonly seen in children and teens, but can begin as early as infancy.