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How to get rid of keratosis pilaris

By Fiona Embleton

While technically harmless, the rough bumps associated with chicken skin, also known as keratosis pilaris, can still be distressing for sufferers. Here a skin expert advises on how to tackle the condition

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Now that we’re about to shed long sleeves in favour of tank tops and tees, addressing the issue of chicken skin on the tops of the arms is suddenly more of a priority.

Known by its medical name, keratosis pilaris (KP) presents as small, painless red or brown bumps – hence the chicken skin comparison. “It’s brought on by a build-up of keratin – a hair protein – within the hair follicles," cosmetic doctor and skincare expert Dr Ana Mansouri tells Vogue Scandinavia. “Keratosis pilaris occurs in an estimated 40 per cent of adults and is most commonly found on the back of the upper arm and leg, or other areas where the skin has hair follicles.”