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Keratosis Pilaris; what is it?

By on April 21, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

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Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition which is referred as chicken skin. The condition appears as red, bumpy and rough skin. Females are more frequently affected by Keratosis Pilaris than the males and adult population of about 40% are affected by it. Though a considerably harmless skin state, it is not pleasant to the eye. It may be due to dry skin or might be familial in origin.

This skin condition may be linked up with the fish scale disease (icthyosis) as well as eczema. One factor that contributes the most is the dryness of skin.

The bumps or elevation is due to the fact that keratin, which is the protein within the skin, begins to make plugs in the hair follicles. This plug of keratin, comes in the way of hair growth and the hair doesn’t find its way to the surface of the skin, hence the bump. The state of excessive keratin production is also called hyperkeratinization.

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What else?

The red bumps over the skin in Keratosis Pilaris are commonly seen in areas like back of the arms, legs, thighs, buttocks and upper part of hands etc. The hairless areas of the skin are spared in Keratosis Pilaris. There are different types of Keratosis Pilaris and most people worry about it due cosmetic reasons.

One good thing about this skin condition is that as one age, the bumps and rough skin usually starts fading and almost disappears in 30s.

There are different treatments available for Keratosis Pilaris such as Keratosis Pilaris pads etc.

Take care of your skin and keep it moisturized and hydrated to avoid Keratosis Pilaris.

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