What Is Keratosis?

Keratosis is a skin disorder that is caused by growth of keratin on the skin. The growth of keratin is a result of overproduction of the protein which is essential for the production of hair and nails.


There are several types of keratosis including seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis. Some of these types are highly malignant while others are purely benign. For this reason, some people seek remedies for this skin condition for cosmetic purposes only while others remedies for health purposes.


Keratosis affects different body parts like the face, the neck, upper arm and hands. This skin disorder can however not be found on parts of the body with glabrous skin. This includes parts like the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. The skin here is different and harder than other body parts. Also, hair does not grow on this kind of skin.


Keratosis is a big word and it is better broken down and explained according to the type of keratosis. Seborrheic keratosis is a type of keratosis that is benign in nature. This skin condition gets more common as you age. The growths in this type of keratosis range from black to light tan. This means that they can either be of your skin color or somewhat darker or lighter. The growths come in different shapes. They can be round or oval or even somewhat raised or flat. This type of keratosis resembles skin cancer and therefore you need to see a dermatologist just to be sure.


Hyper-keratosis is a skin condition whereby the stratum corneum thickens. This usually associated with the abnormal production of keratin in the body. Hyper-keratosis is also characterized by an increase in the granular layer.


There are several treatments for keratosis. Glycolic acid is best used at a concentration of 30%. This is then put in a spray bottle and sprayed on the growths at least twice a day. Mot people complain of glycolic acid irritation within their first use.


Lemon sugar scrub is a good remedy for keratosis as it is natural and therefore chances of reactions are very minimal. It is better used when your skin is clean and at least twice daily.


In conclusion, before you settle on any remedy for keratosis, it is always important to discuss it with your health provider. This way, you will be sure of what to expect.


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