What is Keratosis Pilaris

August 28, 2010

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Keratosis pilaris is a very common kind condition of skin that helps to cause smaller size bumps like sand paper that may appear on the upper side of arms, thighs and buttocks. It makes the outlook of your skin just like you are having “Goose bumps”. The color of these bumps is similar to your skin color but seems like inflamed or red color. They may create an itchy feeling but don’t cause any kind of physical pain. It just delivers an out look of acne if they appear on your facial skin. Your skin appearance may become red, dry and rough. The color of the areas that get affected by the keratosis pilaris may become darker or lighter in color as compared the surrounding skin. This can take place if you rub or pick at the bumps. But can be eliminated with the treatment.

Who get affected with keratosis pilaris?

Any one who is at any age can get affected by the keratosis pilaris. But the actual time for its appearance is the beginning 10 years of life. Generally the women most commonly get affected with the keratosis pilaris as compared to men. It can become so worse during the time of pregnancy and after the birth of child and during puberty period of life. As you age they may get disappear or improved. Some people get affected of keratosis pilaris because of having some medical history.

How the keratosis pilaris can be caused?

The keratosis pilaris may develop at the time when the presence of protein in the dead skin cells helps to plug hair follicles and as a result the formation of bumps caused. The fungus, batteries or a virus cannot become a cause for it. Basically keratosis pilaris is not a contagious disease. The appearance may occur in winter months when the condition is most often dry and become improved during the warm months.

Some useful tips to improve your skin appearance:

  • Wash your skin in a gentle way. Don’t do scrubbing on the areas that are getting affected. Prefer to use the warm water and the soap that is not very strong. Strong fragrance soaps and deodorants are not good for your skin.
  • Don’t rub during drying your skin after taking bath.
  • Apply moisturizer on your skin twice a day. The moisturizers in which urea is included are good for your skin.
  • The use of humidifier in order to increase humidity in your environment is also bringing positive effects.

Treatments:

There is no cure required for keratosis pilaris but some kind of home remedies are more effective to improve them or if you are not getting good results its better to visit your physician.

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