What are dry skin and keratosis pilaris?
Dry skin and keratosis pilaris are two skin conditions that make the skin feel rough and scaly. Dry skin occurs when the skin does not have enough hydration to maintain its softness. Also called xeroderma, dry skin can range from moderate to severe and leaves the skin looking scaly and potentially itchy. Severe cases of dry skin, called xerosis, may cause the skin to crack and bleed. Patches of dry skin can occur all over the body and in all seasons of weather. Dry skin is very common.
Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that appears as rough patches of tiny bumps. The patches typically occur on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. The bumps typically do not itch or hurt, but some may find them irritating. You cannot prevent or cure keratosis pilaris, but there are effective treatments to help the health and appearance of the skin. The bumps on the skin are clusters of dead skin cells that build up over time. Some refer to the condition as chicken skin because the bumps resemble a plucked chicken. Keratosis pilaris tends to go away as you age.