Protect Your Children From Keratosis Treatment

January 3, 2011


Can children develop keratosis?

Unlike adults, children’s skin is very delicate. Because damage in a child’s skin can be carried on to adulthood, it would be advisable to give them the maximum protection possible. The risk factor involved for kids when they get the condition called keratosis comes about because of a certain skin disorder of an overgrowth of keratin. Keratoses are the overproduction of keratins, which is the protein component of hair and nails, in the skin although keratin is vital to the body and their main function is the protection of the skin. Keratin also protects the head with hair and the fingers with nails and is harmless although too much of it is not good for the skin.

There are three types of different keratosis conditions. Solar or Actinic Keratosis which is also known as AK is commonly found in fair skinned people as they are more sensitive to sunlight. AK causes crusty scaly patches to appear on skin, specially those areas that get more sun exposure. Secondly we have Keratosis Pilaris which resembles goose bumps and is a disorder that is genetic and affects hair follicles. Excessive keratin which is accumulated on the hair follicles of the skin causes it. Thirdly we have Seborrheic Keratosis which can resemble a stuck on waxy growth.

So how do you protect your children from keratosis treatment? You cannot protect your kids from treatment because if they develop the condition, they will have to be treated at one point or another. But if they must be protected from treatment, they either have to avoid the condition or contain it once they have it.

Although suffering from these skin disorders is something that cannot be avoided, there are factors you can put into practice to make an attempt at lowering the risks involved. Many general factors and not just sunlight alone brings about the condition. There is the genetic factor that is involved if your family has a history of keratosis and this means that you are predisposed to develop it. Although some keratoses are not curable, they can be removed or treated either through surgery or by using keratosis removal creams and serums.

If you really don’t want to go through keratosis treatment, then here is some advice: the best way that your children can avoid skin problems is to avoid too much direct sunlight. Children of course need sunlight because they need vitamin D but too much sunlight is not a good thing for them. They will need to be protected by limiting their time in the sun, using sunscreen, covering their bodies with appropriate clothing for protection from the sun and by always staying aware of sun sensitizing medications.

Keratosis further readingFurther Reading:

Actinic KeratosisSeborrheic Keratosis

Website Reading:

Actinic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis


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Ms. M. Ruckel April 19, 2011 at 4:18 am

My 10 year old has Keratosis Pilaris, Ulerythema Ophryogenes and Folliculitis; which affect a large portion of his body (he has very little hair for eyebrows). My son was officially diagnosed with these 3 skin conditions by a Pediatric Dermatologist in Feb. 2010; but we started bringing it up to his regular Pediatrician during infancy (that’s how we finally got the referral to the Pediatric Dermatologist). The Dermatologist prescribed him clindamycin phosphate topical lotion (1%) but told us to use it only as a last resort. She advised us to use it only on severe breakouts because he could become immune to the prescription lotion, and then it wouldn’t work on him when he was older and most likely more insecure about his looks. I can not control his skin problems with anything I’ve tried over-the-counter, and I’ve tried everything. So, I’m “surfing” the Internet (I’ve never been able to do this before because I didn’t have a computer and Internet service until last month) looking for advice or any information that might be helpful. He’s becoming more and more aware of his skin problems, and I can already see it affecting his self esteem. Lately children have started noticing the affected skin on his face, neck and eyebrows, and asking him why he doesn’t have any eyebrows. Any suggestions regarding treatment options would be greatly appreciated.

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