What Is Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris is a common harmless skin condition, that causes small, hard bumps on the skin that make your skin feel rough. It is commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘goose flesh’. Keratosis pilaris is a result of a build-up of keratin forming a plug in the hair follicle. They are more commonly seen on the outer of the upper arms, thighs, buttocks and occasionally on the face.
Who can it affect
Keratosis pilaris equally affects both men and women. It can start early in childhood and peaks at puberty. From then Keratosis pilaris will either improve into adulthood or continue and be persistent. If your skin is dry, you will find that you are more prone to having keratosis pilaris
- Keratosis pilaris does not cause any harm medically. In fact most people dont even know they have it.
- The actual cause is unknown, although research shows there is a genetic componenent
- There are several different forms of keratosis pilaris each with there own unique features and visual characteristics
There is no cure or gold standard treatment for keratosis pilaris, although there are many options for an effective treatment. The appearance and texture can be treated with resurfacing skin peels which increase cellular turnover and soften the keratin plugs. Laser treatments can treat the redness associated Also what I find gives excellent results is homecare products with high percentages of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s).
- Moisturise skin daily
- Don’t scratch or pick bumps
- Shower in warm water rather than hot
- Exfoliate regularly