Lets talk insecurities: “Now what in the fuck are those red bumps?”
If you notice that your upper arms, thighs, or other such expanses of skin have little red bumps on them pretty much all the time, you might have Keratosis Pilaris.
Before I got the official word from a dermatologist in 7th grade, I was fuckin’ terrified that I had some kind of horrible, potentially deadly affliction, because practically no one I know has any idea it exists despite the fact that 40-50% of adults have it.
Its not contagious. It is a totally harmless genetic condition, and its basically what happens when your body produces too much keratin and doesn’t know what to do with it.
My mom has it, her mom has it, my aunts and uncles have it, and so does Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
KP is not psoriasis, acne, goosebumps, eczema, or a case of the “herps” (though they aren’t mutually exclusive. See a doctor if you have any doubt about something medical that pertains to you.)
Though there is no “cure”, KP can be mitigated with Keratolytic treatments such as Vitamin D and lactic acid. Keeping your skin from getting dry helps quite a bit, and popping your KP is a bad idea because that can cause scarring.
And PLEASE don’t be a dick to people. Don’t say things like “Wow your skin is so red/bumpy!”. You never know how much those statements can hurt someone, and nobody likes to have their flaws pointed out. I still refrain from exposing my upper arms to people because of it, but its really nothing to be ashamed of.