Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition usually found on the upper arms, buttocks and thighs. The skin cells that normally flake off as a fine dust from the skin form plugs in the hair follicles. These appear as small pimples that have a dry "sandpaper" feeling. They are usually white but sometimes rather red. They usually don't itch or hurt.
Keratosis Pilaris is particularly common in teenagers on the upper arms. In babies, it tends to be most obvious on the cheeks. It is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out, and may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.
To get rid of Keratosis Pilaris, wash with a mild soap (Glycerine Soap or Dove Cool Moisture Beauty Bars. to not dry out the skin.
One step in treatment is intensive moisturizing. Try Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Lotion after bathing, and re-apply the cream again several times daily. Put this on when the skin is still damp. If one of these creams does not help, change to a cream containing urea (Aqua Care Lotion for Dry Skin, with Urea) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion) applied once or twice daily - it may be too irritating to use more often.
The second step is to remove the plugged pores can be by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or a Buf-Puf. Using Dove Exfoliating Body Wash with the scrubber will moisturize as it exfoliates. Rub in a circular motion.
Take a good multivitamin. If you already are, take extra Vitamin A.
Increase the humidity in the bedroom with a humidifier.
Get 15 to 30 minutes of sunshine every day possible.