What is Keratosis Pilaris?
The Dictionary’s Definition Is As Follows: A condition marked by the formation of hard conical elevations in the openings of the sebaceous glands especially of the thighs and arms that resemble permanent goose bumps.
It affects 50-80% of all adolescents and approximately 40% of adults. Approximately 30-50% of patients have a positive family history. Autosomal dominant inheritance with variable penetrance has been described.
What Does Keratosis Pilaris Look Like?
The condition is characterized by grouped, horny, keratotic follicular papules located predominantly on the extensor surfaces of the proximal limbs, most commonly of the posterolateral upper arms and anterior thighs.
It is usually asymptomatic except for its cosmetic appearance. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet).
It can become more severe when conditions are dry such as during the winter months or in dry climates. Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.
Keratosis pilaris tends to be more severe during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out. Although unsightly at times, it is completely harmless.
Keratosis Pilaris Is Usually Experienced When Young
Most of those who have keratosis pilaris experience it during their adolescent years. These cases have been observed to disappear on their own over time. Usually, the appearance of small rough bumps ease by the age of 30.
While there really is no way to rid your skin of the patches of rough skin brought about by keratosis pilaris, there are actually ways by which you can diminish their appearance.
There are keratosis pilaris remedies that you can do right at your own home. Some of these remedies could be incorporated into your daily grooming routine with much ease. There really is nothing complicated about it.
If Your KP Is Severe Consult Your Doctor
Keratosis pilaris isn’t a serious medical condition, and treatment usually isn’t necessary. However, if you’re concerned about the appearance of your skin, consult your family doctor or a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist). He or she can often make a diagnosis by examining your skin and the characteristic scaly plugs. A few symptoms of KP can range from:
Painless, skin-colored bumps that can, at times, be red and inflamed
Dry, rough patches