What is Keratosis Pilaris?


KERATOSIS PILARIS is a common, yet harmless skin condition, manifested as goose bump-like bumps on upper arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Although they’re rough to the touch and don’t hurt or itch, they form when too much keratin accumulates in hair follicle openings; when this clogs pores it leaves skin looking dry and flaky; children often show increased symptoms prior to puberty but typically clear up around puberty time whereas adults usually develop it in larger numbers; sometimes clearing away on its own or it may reoccur after winter bathing aggravated by harsh products or excessive bathing regimes causing it.

Keratin that causes keratosis pilaris is the same keratin responsible for producing skin’s normal oils and maintaining its soft texture, but unlike other types of keratin it contains an adhesive side which binds with other proteins and forms clumps on its own to form bumps on its surface. These bumps result from extra keratin collecting in pores; when this extra keratin collects on top of skin it creates little plugs similar to goose bumps – though sometimes these plugs could look reddish or white on lighter complexions or brown on darker complexions compared with what would normally appear.

Keratosis pilaris can be treated by applying moisturizing lotion or exfoliating using loofahs or rough washcloths to soften skin and remove excess keratin deposits, or exfoliating with loofahs or rough washcloths. You may also reduce its appearance with certain medications that promote cell turnover and unplug plugged follicles, like retinoids tretinoin (Altreno, Avita, Renova and Retin-A) or tazarotene (Arazlo, Avage Tazorac). Please consult with your healthcare provider prior to taking these medicines – particularly if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Some individuals develop keratosis pilaris due to having other conditions that increase their chances of it, including psoriasis, eczema or allergies. Treating such conditions can make getting rid of keratosis pilaris harder so treating these ailments will also improve its appearance on your skin.

Your doctor will usually be able to identify Keratosis Pilaris simply by looking at your skin and speaking to you about its symptoms. In rare instances, however, your physician might need to perform a biopsy on some cells from your skin in order to either confirm the diagnosis or rule out other potential causes that could produce similar symptoms, such as inflammation of dermatoses such as Atopic Dermatitis or Psoriasis; and diseases of sebaceous glands like Seborrheic Dermatitis or Rosacea.