Keratosis And Pigmentation In Children

August 26, 2010

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A child’s skin is very sensitive and can be far more effected by conditions such as keratosis. Children’s skin needs for a more delicate care because their skin now could possibly determine their skin condition later in life. A good example is skin blemishes.  He or she can still have it until he reaches puberty and it could result to low self esteem.

Having skin disorders are due to many causes, in this case, we’ll take a look at keratosis and pigmentation. The disproportionate amounts of keratin and melanin is the cause of these skin disorders. The excessive keratin causes keratosis, while excessive melanin causes hyperpigmentation. Too much keratin and melanin causes keratosis and hyperpigmentation respectively. Actually, keratin and melanin play important roles in our body. Keratin makes up our nails and hair, while melanin protects the skin. Keratin and melanin are risk free, but too much of it is not good for the skin.

Keratosis

Keratosis varies by the factor that causes it or its main attributes. Wart like growths on skin is inherent when you have actinic keratosis.

Keratosis Pilaris – this condition causes goosebump-like skin. This is a genetically influenced skin disorder, particularly involving follicles. Excessive keratin which is accrued on the hair follicles of the skin causes it.

Seborrheic Keratosis – could resemble actinic keratosis.

The issue is how will you protect your children from them? Actually, the answer is you could not, but you could lower the risks. Factors that set off this cannot be avoided, just like the sunlight or your genetic make up. If you have a family history of keratosis, then your child has higher risks. Some conditions are not completely revertable, but it is removable. Choices of treatment are either surgical or pharmaceutical.

Pigmentation
Skin darkening is not really the problem, but it is the hyperpigmentation of skin. Uneven skin tone often comes from hyperpigmentation. Extra ultraviolet rays that the skin absorbs are restrained by melanin. The darker the skin, the more melanin the body produces. If your child has prolonged sun exposure everyday, then the probability of overpigmentation is great. One way to prevent this is to use umbrellas when going out on a sunny day. Another is the use of sunscreen. There are also many lotions available that promise to “even” uneven skin tone.

But of course, avoiding too much contact from the sun is the most efficient way. bear in mind that children also need sunlight for vitamin D acquisition, but too much can be bad for them.

Keratosis further readingFurther Reading

Actinic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis

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