KP Keratosis Pilaris

by Skin SOS on April 26, 2012

Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin disease characterized by rough bumps on the skin. Also know as Follicular Keratosis, it often appears on thighs, upper arms and top of the legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except sole of the feet or palms.

Less common occurrence may be on the face and could be mistaken for acne. Keratosis Pilaris commonly affects adolescents about 50%-80% and adults about 40%. It creates an appearance of gooseflesh, goose bumps or chicken skin hence   also known as the chicken skin condition. An excess of the protein knows as keratin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming tiny bumps on the skin. Keratosis Pilaris is often misdiagnosed for acne.

Keratosis Pilaris is evident on patients with other dry skin conditions and atopic dermatitis. It is not curable; it’s genetic in nature and tends to run on families. With time it may spontaneously clear without any form of treatment. It requires ongoing therapy to keep it away and daily lubrication, gentle exfoliation and use of glycolic or lactic acid is recommended way for treatment.

A big number of people may be not be aware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or is treatable, though is completely harmless and cosmetically displeasing. A large percentage of patients have people in their family suffering from the same condition and it’s commonly evidenced in twins.

There are several types of Keratosis Pilaris disorders which include;

Keratosis Pilaris Alba: Common symptoms are rough, dry, bumpy skin with no irritation.

Keratosis Pilaris Rubra: Red inflamed bumps.

Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (KPRF): Blushed look with reddish rash on the cheeks.

Keratosis Pilaris Atrophicans Faciei: Small scars that resemble depressions.

Keratosis Follicularis: Abnormal keratinization or failure by the skin to desquamate properly and is limited to the hair follicles, manifesting itself as isolated, tiny follicular papules.

Ulerythema Ophryogenes: Affects outer eyebrows.

Atrophoderma Vermiculata: The cheek appears as severely eaten by a worm.

Keratosis Follicularis Spinulosa Decalvans: An unusual familial deviation which results in bald

areas on the scalp and eyebrows

Lichen Spinulosus: Solitary or multiple patches of follicular papules topped with scaly spines on any part of the body.

To control Keratosis Pilaris, general measures to reduce skin dryness is recommended, you can also use creams containing salicylic acid or lactic acid. Other types can be obtained through prescription by a doctor or over the counter. Use of expensive cosmetic or vitamin creams has no advantage over simple natural methods.


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