Buzz·Posted on 3 Sept 201511 Things You Really Need To Know About Those Annoying Bumps On Your ArmsThe condition is called keratosis pilaris, and it affects a third of the population.by Ellie BateBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Have you ever found yourself looking at your upper arms and thighs and wondering what that weird, bumpy skin is that WON'T GO AWAY, no matter what you do? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Arrow Films / Via giphy.com It's called keratosis pilaris (colloquially known as "chicken skin"), and it's easily recognisable as pinkish, rough skin that's similar to permanent goosebumps. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com And there are a few things that you should probably know about it... 1. If you have KP, you're not even slightly alone. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via giphy.com According to the NHS, KP affects up to 1 in 3 people in the UK, and it's not a reflection of your general health – it regularly affects people who are otherwise completely healthy. 2. And it's more likely to affect you if you're young, female, and fair-skinned. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Summit Entertainment / Via giphy.com Although, of course, it can affect people of any age, gender, and skin tone. 3. While it's not contagious, KP is hereditary. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via whatthebuck20.tumblr.com According to the British Association of Dermatologists, there is a 50% chance that you will inherit the condition if one of your parents has it. 4. And there's no need to worry – it's completely harmless! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via giphy.com It won't affect your health, and is an entirely cosmetic problem. It's just ~one of those things~. 5. It typically appears during childhood, and gets worse during puberty – but it also gets better during adulthood, and often disappears completely. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via giphy.com Yup, as if puberty wasn't bad enough, the condition affects 50-80% of adolescents. It's also at its least common among the elderly. 6. It's caused by some pretty darn science-y stuff... Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ABC / Via pbsdigitalstudios.tumblr.com According to the NHS, the condition is the result of an excessive build-up of keratin (a protein found in hair follicles) in the outer layer of your skin. The excess keratin blocks the hair follicles and, in turn, causes your skin's pores to grow in size and become rough and bumpy. 7. While it's most likely to affect the skin on your upper arms and thighs, in rarer cases it can be found on your forearms and upper back. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com There are also several even rarer variations of the condition that can affect the face, neck, scalp, and eyebrow area. 8. It's symmetrical! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This probably isn't that important, but it's still kind of cool. KP will always appear on both arms, both legs, or both sides of your face. 9. It's often more prevalent during winter, because of the colder, less humid weather. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via giphy.com KP is essentially a variant of very, very dry skin (which is why it's so common in people with eczema), so the cold, dry air during winter tends to make it worse. 10. It can't be completely cured (sorry!), but there are several measures that you can take to improve the appearance of your KP. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com There's no need to go to a dermatologist to treat your KP – there's no way to cure it completely, so that would pretty much be a waste of your time. However, there are things you can do, according to the NHS, that will improve the condition. It's recommended that you regularly use a gentle exfoliator, use moisturisers that contain salicylic or lactic acid, and use non-soap cleansers instead of regular soap on the affected area. 11. The most important thing to know is that you shouldn't feel insecure about it. Not only do a lot of people have KP, it's also highly likely that it will go away as you get older. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Comedy Central / Via giphy.com So don't let it get to you – have confidence in yourself!