Bumps on Your Skin? Five Things you Should Know About Keratosis Pilaris

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Though unsightly and itchy, Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that can improve with age, but might never completely go away. Here are five things you need to know if you, or someone you know, suffers from this condition.

  • Keratosis Pilaris is a condition caused by plugging of the follicle with keratin – a protein that helps protect your skin
  • Though the bumps caused by Keratosis Pilaris generally affect the arms, they can also appear on thighs, cheeks and buttocks
  • Bumps are typically small, white and rough, but they can sometimes be red
  • Keratosis Pilaris can be hereditary, so if you have it check out your mom or dad’s arms too
  • This condition can get worse in the winter, when there is less humidity in the air or become irritated by shaving

If you have Keratosis Pilaris, and it’s becoming bothersome, try moisturizing to make the skin texture feel smoother. Simple products, such as Cetaphil or CeraVe, when used daily can provide relief. Allure Medical Private Label’s Gly Sal pads are another option if the roughness is very problematical, or try an exfoliating combination of glycolic acid with a Clarisonic brush. A mild topical steroid cream can also be used if the condition is extremely irritating.

As always, see a medical dermatologist for major concerns with this or any other skin condition.

Mariana Atanasovski, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and works with Allure Dermatology patients of all ages – from infancy through adulthood. She treats a variety of conditions from acne to rashes to skin cancers. Dr. Atanasovski accepts new patients same day whenever possible.

Charles Mok

Dr. Charles Mok

About Charles Mok

Dr. Charles Mok received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, Illinois in 1989. He completed his medical residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He has worked with laser manufacturing companies to improve their technologies; he has performed clinical research studies and has taught physicians from numerous other states. His professionalism and personal attention to detail have contributed to the success of one of the first medical spas in Michigan.

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