Keratosis pilaris also known as KP or follicular keratosis is a skin disease manifested by rough bumps on the skin. Keratosis pilaris usually appears on the upper arms and on the back although it can also appear on the hands, the legs and thighs and even the buttocks. It doesn’t usually appear on the face but when it does it is usually mistaken for acne.
Keratosis pilaris is harmless but it is unsightly and can contribute to anxiety, loss of confidence and depression.
Although skin ailments are not that bad since they can be treated, those with KP usually do not interact with many people since they have no confidence to do so. It also limits one from wearing certain types of clothes.
According to statistics KP affects 50% to 80% adolescents allover the world and approximately 40% adults. It is also interesting to note that the skin ailment is more common among the female population.
Keratosis pilaris is caused by too much keratin produced by the body. The natural protein when made in excess causes hyperkeratinization or the development of hard plugs. As mentioned before, the disease only results to a cosmetic consequence but never really harmful. It usually happens during the colder times of the year when moisture in the air is considerably lower. During these times, the bumps are more pronounced and their color more unsightly.
Usually, these bumps contain ingrown hair preventing the hair itself from exiting the keratin cover i.e. the bumps.
If you think you or a family member is suffering from Keratosis pilaris, it would be best to consult with a dermatologist immediately.
Keratosis pilaris is also known as the chicken skin condition because it makes one’s skin look like a chicken’s. This common skin ailment has no cure, much to the dismay of many but consulting with a physician and getting keratosis pilaris treatment is a good idea.
AHA is said to be a good treatment for Keratosis pilaris and those who has Keratosis pilaris are also advised to take vitamin A more regularly.