Do you have itchy and bumpy red skin on your upper arms and legs? Then you might have keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin. Dr. Schultz explains why chicken skin occurs and how to easily treat it.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. If I told you that I'm going to help you understand and treat your keratosis pilaris, you'd say, what's he talking about? But if I told you that's a fancy medical term for chicken skin, which is that rough, itchy skin that occurs on the top and outer parts of some people's arms and also on the front of their thighs, then it might ring a bell. It's particularly common in teenagers and young adults, and it itches but, more importantly, it looks really funny, because you have all these little white studded bumps on your skin with pink skin in between. It's not dangerous but it certainly looks funny and doesn't feel good. This is another situation where exfoliants to the rescue, because these hard little bumps represent overgrowths of dead cells on the top of the hair follicle. All you have to do is literally dissolve them away with a chemical exfoliant, whichever one you use for your face, you can use on your arms wherever you have your chicken skin, and use it twice a day, and it will result over a period of three or four weeks of a thinning and flattening of those bumps, the redness will go away, and you will be free of the itching and impact of your chicken skin. Please join me again at drmtv.com. if you have a question please send me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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