Keratosis pilaris—commonly known as chicken skin, is a harmless genetic skin condition that causes red, itchy bumps. These tiny bumps or pimples are dead skin cells plugging hair follicles that are most commonly found on the upper arms, cheeks, thighs or buttocks. While chicken skin is not contagious, it can worsen in the winter months when the skin is already dry.

While there’s no cure for these bumps, there are ways to treat it and prevent it from getting worse.


What causes keratosis pilaris?

What causes keratosis pilaris?

Chicken skin is the result of a build-up of keratin, a hair protein in the pores. In such conditions, the keratin of your body hair gets clogged in the pores, thereby blocking the opening of growing hair follicles. Precisely why, a small bump forms over where the hair should be.


3 ways to get rid of chicken skin

3 ways to get rid of chicken skin

Here are 3 fool-proof ways to get rid of chicken skin on your arms...

Go natural

The best treatment for chicken skin is right in your kitchen shelves! Yes, we’re talking about coconut oil. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that hydrates dry skin, contains healthy vitamins and soothes itching. Take a few drops of this miracle oil, rub it between your palms and massage your arms (on the affected area). Doing so regularly will noticeably reduce the appearance of chicken skin on your arms.


Exfoliating regularly helps improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical exfoliators work best when it comes to treating keratosis pilaris. Get rid of the bumps with glycolic and lactic acid treatments which will diminish build up and make your skin feel softer and suppler. Gently remove dead skin with a loofah or pumice stone.

Warm, short baths

Taking warm, short baths can help loosen and unclog pores. Before heading for a bath, take a stiff brush and rub gently to potentially remove bumps from your skin. However, ensure that you limit your wash-time because warm water can strip your skin of its natural moisture and can make things worse.