What is keratosis pilaris?

This is an inherited skin condition which commonly affects teenagers and young adults. The condition is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of keratosis pilaris. Some patients may only suffer from the condition during the winter months; others may suffer from it all year round.

What causes keratosis pilaris?

This is an inherited condition so it runs in families. There is an excess production of keratin (the substance of the top layer of the skin) that clogs up hair follicles (the pores in your skin through which the hairs emerge).

What are the symptoms?

  • Rough, dry skin
  • Reddened spots due to blocked pores
  • Permanent goose bumps like feeling
  • Commonly affects the arms, legs and face

How can keratosis pilaris be treated?

  • Avoid scratching the bump
  • To make skin smoother - exfoliating agents, moisturisers, bath oils
  • Medicated lotions
  • Wear cotton clothing

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