DermTV – Itchy Bumpy Red Skin (Chicken Skin Or Keratosis Pilaris) [ Epi #161]

DermTV – Itchy Bumpy Red Skin (Chicken Skin Or Keratosis Pilaris) [ Epi #161]

Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] 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.


  • Haley C says:

    MINE AREN'T ITCHY? Is it kp?

  • chubbylove29 says:

    I have had this problem on my upper arms for years. I have recently started taking NutraSea fish oil (3-1 potency) for another issue and in the meantime have seen tremendous changes to my "chicken skin". Overall my arms are softer, and less itchy and red.

  • Emily Sarah says:

    I have it on my thighs and upper arms and it sucks!!!! Omg will it ever go away??? I hate c h i c k e n s k i n.

  • Oh Crêpe says:

    AHA exfoliant or BHA exfoliant?

  • allynm says:

    FINALLY im 12 and i have it on the back of my arms, front and back of my theighs, and on my calfs omg!

  • Mr916Saechao says:

    Hey you posted this almost 2 years ago but uhm if you can reply i want some answers. I get red bumps on my skin when i sweat or exercise. Im 15 almost 16 and whenever im in P.E and if i try to play anykind of sports, i run for about 2-5 minutes and my body and arms start to itch. When i look at my skin i see red bumps on it goes away after like 30 minutes if i stop running/exercising. Is this heat rash or Chicken skin? OH and i get it on my thighs too but not alot. if you answer this then Thanks

  • Mr916Saechao says:

    OH and my head starts itching aswell.

  • SebTH1 says:

    I have a skin problem were over a period of 2-3 days, my skin flares up, I get insanely itchy, I get some red blotches all over me, and it reminds me of hives, yet its not? I remember going to a doctor about this, but i forgot the name of the problem, i've had this now for a full year, and im tired of taking medicine. but if I don't I itch like crazy. help Doctor.

  • lance1236451 says:

    Doctor i woke up today and i found 3 Big red bumps on my left calve… its been itching me all day and it seem to have gotten bigger, my mom think it is allergic reaction … but idk help!

  • Elizabeth Kittan says:

    Chicken skin never inches.

  • Jay Xiong says:


  • Cody Sweet says:

    i love you

  • maudymac1 says:

    Thats great!! Can I ask what type of face mask you used?

  • mario kataeic says:

    nivea soft?

  • Lilina Tsang says:

    I'm a teenager and I have chicken skin on the top of my thighs. I tried exfoliating them like 3 times a week but I never got rid of them. Can somebody tell me what exfoliating product they use?

  • Emma Hoffman says:

    I have this on my upper arm like you said and on my thighs and calves. It gets better when I use my hand scrubber thing to scrub it. But it doesn't itch

  • Thomas Surdi says:

    what do u mean by exfoliant you use on the face? I found my dove face wash does not work and using a loofah makes it flare and worsen..I am lost on what to do

  • superpromiise says:

    ..mine is not red. mine looks like ingrowth hair,like a small pores all over my legs,what i should do please..

  • Gillian Rhys says:

    Can I use my clean and clear exfoliant scrub?

  • Roes797 says:

    I'm not sure if I have keratosis pilaris, only because it doesn't itch, but other than that, the discription matches.
    I tried Soap and Glory's Scrub, Actually. It DRAMATICALLY helped with my chicken skin and is about 95% gone. –Oh and don't forget to moisturize after.

  • Roes797 says:

    Have you ever heard of the ''korean scrub mitts''? Its a piece of cloth that you scrub over your skin in the shower, and your dead skin will literally roll off (:D). Then top it off with a wash-exfoliant that is extremely rich (the one I use is Soap and Glory's Scrub, Actually). Then moisturize with any moisturizer. Something light, like gel.
    I've done this, and those went away in under a week! ":)

  • Roes797 says:

    Soap and Glory's Scrub, Actually. Then remember to moisturize.
    For even betteer results, try a korean scrub mitt! Works wonders 🙂

  • Brooke says:

    Mine doesn't itch but it's red and bumpy on the top of my arm so is it the same

  • kevin ron says:

    doctor, i shaved my legs a couple nights ago, and its been bodering me every night and day, im a male, and i shaved, cause im a swimmer. can you help me?

  • velveteen01 says:

    Doc, I have something that looks like KP but it is all over my body (little skin like bumps) and it does not itch. Its on my thighs, arms, back & chest (most worried about) because its very rough. Is that KP? Thank you.

  • johnjohnstrick says:

    I asked my dermatologist, and they said I have keratosis Pilaris, I hate it so much, I finally got rid of the bumps, my skin is baby's butt smooth but now my whole body is slowly turning completely red/pink including my face, I really need help

  • CuteMcBeauty says:

    On my upper arms I do get the white ones that look like tiny zits, but on my legs they're red… and I'm casper white, so it looks hideous. Sir, I've tried every chemichal exfoliant known to man including 17.5% glycolic acid cream and this shit won't go away. I had it mild at 17 but at 35 I look like a polka dot fabric! I'm seriously wondering if by the time I'm 40 I won't actlly start clucking like a hen, it's THAT bad.

  • Peony Spears says:

    @agdoldivagirl: what kind of face mask you used?

  • Emmie1 says:

    How long will it take to start seeing results if I use a 10% glycolic lotion?

  • Jordan Carpenter says:

    Mine have been on my skin since I was very little, and I also have it on the backs of my thighs, is this normal?

  • jensbeautyden says:

    My daughter is 7. She was diagnosed with KP 2 years ago. We were told that the only thing that we could do about it was to keep moisturizing. Thank you for this video. It is on her face as well…though not as bad. I am going to have to find a different derm to take a look at her, because moisturizing has helped some with the irritation but has done nothing to get rid of it.

  • BERR says:

    Ahh!! Mine is itching really frickin bad right now!!

  • joseph fajardo says:

    Doc, i have a chicken skin allergy.. How do i get rid of them?

  • Serina Halliwell says:

    why is it called chicken skin? im not a chicken

  • blackxcherry22 says:

    I have removed every skin flaw I've ever had; bumps, dryness, rashes, scars, AND stretchmarks by using St. Ive's Apricot Sand Scrub and Indian sea salt, (u can probably use any sand or salt) When a problematic area appears, I scrub the area in the shower until its rather sore. I repeat for a week or so until I see results. If u can tolerate the discomfort and remember to moisturize afterward it may be worth a try. Ur skin will be prompted to produce fresh new skin. (Only use occasionally)

  • rodney houchens says:

    Thank you Doctor!!

  • rincool says:

    can you please demonstrate few pictures while you explain. It would help us to understand more clearly. thanks.

  • Ariana Snider says:

    i hate that last name… thats my old teachers last name i dont like him !

  • citrus and cream says:

    OH MY GOD THANK YOOOU SO MUCH! i was freaking out thinking i had something super weird and needed to go to the doctor and get some special cream or some shiz. thank you so much, this helped a lot! i'm going to do it now, be back later to say if it worked.

  • holly kline says:

    Thank you for your video. My son has had this problem since he was about 7 or 8 and now maybe we can learn to control it. thanks again!!

  • JONI K says:

    i thought i had that but there just red bumps that itch all over my body

  • Pencil Heart says:

    It's kinda similar to how you see the skin on a plucked chicken. Not the kindest term for us sufferers but it's fairly accurate in appearance.

  • lasthumankind says:

    mines doesnt itch tho, its just there…

  • muhammad akhtar says:

    I have those and I'm 9 years old

  • siupeli leaheuhila says:

    aloe vera is good , i think lol

  • w8lftr says:

    i have gone through the same thing since feb of this year. was on high doses of prednisone and it did clear it up but as soon as I came off from it, it returned in all its glory. Out of the blue I tried Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo as a body wash. In less that 2 days it has almost completely vanished. I don't know why but it worked for me. you might want to give it a try. clean wash cloth and clean towel every shower.

  • Jim Ferdinando says:

    I have something similar to this, I have it on my arms, hands, chest and thighs and the itching is very annoying. I have never had something like this before. I contracted it after I got the flu and the doctor gave me amoxicillin and a cough syrup called dimetapp. What should I do and what Is this, also is it serious. I have never had any allergies that I know of

  • Jim Ferdinando says:

    I used my face wash,it's a pomegranate face wash like he said and it just got worse

  • [MW3]Anonumous says:

    i have them too and im 14

  • LuciferXoX says:

    Oh man thanks this video help a lot

  • Elly Freestyle says:

    I have this 2 years ago (grade 5) and it is on my foot(under) and my hands (under) and its freakin itchy like i cant die ! I cant even scartch it since when i scratch it my foot will be ticklish..

  • Itiah Lewis says:

    Well I have kind of that but I think it's kippies and how do you take it away


    got it from stubip strawberry jelly stay away from me

  • Precious DeSouza says:

    thank u hear i was thinking d worst

  • Angie Mena says:

    i need help im 11 and lastnight i was itchy and then in the morning it was red and itchy ! HELP IM GONNA DIE 

  • Trizia Maghacut says:

    I'm allergic in chicken ugh arch why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EternalJuxhn says:

    Do I have this if I sweat and it creates red welps on the skin that itch?

  • sanjeev tamang says:

    i have elergy that always itching as i continue itching blood come from my skin what is happening with me ?

  • sanjeev tamang says:

    i have elergy that always itching as i continue itching blood come from my skin what is happening with me ?

  • Jazzy375 says:

    It started out as a bug bite and that went away but them it started to happen but that's you so much I just got bruised under where my arm pit is and it's the same thing but thank you

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    Hi there, have you considered Noboremed Secrets yet? Simply do a google search. On there you will discover that an awesome tips about how you can cure your skin problem naturally. Why don't you give it a shot? perhaps it can work for you too.

  • Katie Happy Fritz says:

    its like heat rash with diger reder ichier bumps😣

  • Alejandro Ramirez says:

    hi everyone ,if anyone else is searching for products for keratosis pilaris try Lomonting Amazing KP Mentor (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my m8 got cool success with it.

  • Gg Snap says:

    i fill weird

  • Humaun Kabir says:

    Anybody tested out the Noboremed Secrets (google search it)? I've noticed many amazing things about this popular skin disease treatment.

  • Weed Master1 says:

    thank you that help me

  • Clare C says:

    I`ve been fighting Keratosis Pilaris my whole life and it always was a battle I couldn`t win. Then last year, my friend suggested this keratosis pilaris treatment method “luzo shocking plan” (Google it) and I can`t tell you how glad I am that I tried it out. My skin hasn`t felt smoother. All the dry, sandpaper-like bumps are no more. My thighs are smooth as can be.

  • Felipe Hernandez says:

    What if I got theses bumps after being in the sun ?

  • Katie Ryan says:

    I have this on my face I can't hide it with tights or long sleeves, I tried everything none it works any tips that helped you ?

  • Tintin Cabuya-on says:

    who can advice me what to do guys? please do help me? because I am now suffering itchy ness this past a couple of weeks I think ! It would really appreciated if you can probably help me!

  • Young Beat boxer says:

    "It's not dangerous" is all i needed to know.

  • MOHAN V says:

    Hi Sir
    I Need your help
    Last night I'll Eat Lot Of Chicken,
    That's why My entire Body Came Goosebumps, and It's Itchy,
    Please help me
    What should I do…:-(

  • Peyton Sall says:

    Drink a lot of water.

  • Martinez Twins Is My Life says:

    me I have a Allergy like that! how to make well?

  • Gale Monahan says:

    Thanks for these tips! has anyone here visited Cybil Lenglore's Chicken Skin Tips? You can shed your chicken skin like a snake, and be reborn into a new attractively healthy body within days if you want 🙂

  • Ian G says:

    It's certainly annoying and sucks

  • Darkwayyy says:

    I put rubbing alcohol I feel like that worked

  • louie mutia says:

    I have chicken some of them are turning to keloids:(

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  • Anarose Antonio says:

    Thankyou 😊

  • Emaad Awazem says:

    I have itchy small bumps just like mosquitoes would give you but very small and are usually together in 3 or 2. And I have it on my hands and knees. Same with my father. I start seeing them when I wake up from bed or at night and get itchy. What is it that is causing this someone help me please because I can’t figure this out.

  • B0z9s MSP says:

    Im 12 and there killing me!!!! Ugh it s so itchy!!!!!!!

  • Sunita Ruhsd says:

    I have same problem on my arm so what should I do

  • Abyssal says:

    Thank God, I thought I was dying

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  • sina setayesh says:

    I have these too. Unlike most people i have it every where. My head, face, (at least 200 on both arms), (at least 400 on both my legs), and the worst part is i have 3 or so on my balls. It feels like a painful sting 24/7 and its itchy. I check for bed bugs but there are none. Someone help me im 15 years young and im going to die at a young age.

  • K. Ganesan Ganesan says:

    No immediate relief. Needs to follow steps .

  • Mynameisjack jack says:

    I have bumps on my forehead and it ain’t acne. It’s just itchy and it’s really bumpy and it’s been on my face for 2 days.

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  • Selina Limbu says:

    I have it on my hand ._. and there is a lot .-.

  • Tepigfan159 says:

    I was so scared! I thought I had herpes on my arm

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  • Alyssa Carson says:

    This was so helpful I currently have it covering the front of both of my arms at the top sooo thankyou!

  • sergio ramirez says:

    Cuh said it’s jst funny and chicken skin who tf he is lmaooo

  • Chubby potato says:

    Mine don't itch they're just pink with a wihite thing in it

  • 0of World says:

    I knew it wasn’t dangerous but god damn it itches. Thanks doc, this video helped a lot. Now I want to take 8 showers a day! Haha

  • Praise the sun says:

    I’ve heard many people say don’t scratch the bumps
    You can gently rub them to stop them from being itchy

  • Idontknowwhattosay. says:

    I came here to know if it was eczema not if it’s dangerous lmao

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