Keratosis Pilaris | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris may make your skin look like you have “goose bumps.” The bumps are often the color of your skin, but may also look red or inflamed. They may itch, but they don’t hurt. If you have keratosis pilaris on your face, it may look like acne, and you may look flushed. The skin on your face may be dry and chapped.

The area of your skin that is affected by keratosis pilaris may become darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) than the surrounding skin. This can happen if you scratch or pick at the bumps, but it usually goes away with treatment.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09

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