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Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris Causes

Keratosis Pilaris is a genetic follicular condition.

Keratosis Pilaris Definition

Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is limited to hair follicles. It is characterized by the development of uneven lumps in the skin. Its appearance resembles the skin of the chicken; precisely the reason why many refer to it as “chicken skin.” Presence of these bumps are usually predominant on the back, upper arms (outer side), and other body surfaces (except the soles of feet and palms). It is always mistaken to be acne when present in the face. Keratosis Pilaris is not a serious medical condition and has no capacity to bring about serious health conditions.

Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms and Signs

Small, white to gray bumps appear. A hair follicle is quite visible in the middle. A thin, red ring can sometimes be noticed; signifying inflammation. On rare occasions, these lesions can be itchy.

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris is focused in controlling the unsightly bumps and not for curative objectives, because there is no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris. These bumps are prone to recurrence. Some of the valuable approaches include: * Topical Corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation * Glycolic acid or lactic acid * Topical creams containing urea * Tretinoin Avoid scratching the affected areas so as not to aggravate the situation and minimize inflammation.

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