about Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a harmless skin condition that manifests as tiny, discolored bumps around the hair follicles located on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs, and/or buttocks. These bumps typically create a rough feeling on the affected area and may have surrounding erythema or redness. Although there's no direct cure for keratosis pilaris, there are treatment options available to reduce its appearance if one desires, but treatment is not medically necessary and many patients opt not to treat their KP . Usually, those who live in a dry climate, have dry skin, or swim regularly suffer from this condition. People of all ages can get keratosis pilaris, but it is more common in children and young adults. Keratosis pilaris can also occur in those who suffer from eczema. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston can diagnose this condition at her practice, Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas. Using her years of experience, Dr. Kingston will help to minimize the symptoms of keratosis pilaris, as well as its physical appearance.
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Keratosis Pilaris Causes
Keratosis pilaris is caused by the buildup of fibrous proteins called keratin, which protects the skin from infection. Keratin is produced near the hair shaft just under the skin. The resulting bumps that form on the skin are actually irritated hair follicles. This irritation of the swollen hair glands leads to a production of small bumps on the surface of your skin. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and is considered an inherited skin condition. It is commonly seen among those who also suffer from eczema, dry skin, hay fever, or asthma.
Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms
Keratosis pilaris can occur in people of any age, but it's more common among children and young adults. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Sandpaper-like tiny bumps (like goosebumps) typically on the cheeks, upper arms, thighs, or buttocks that have no associated symptoms
- Dry, rough skin on the areas with bumps
- Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and dry conditions
- Erythema or redness on the surrounding area affected
Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Options
Dr. Kingston will discuss treatment options with you during your consultation and may include keratolytic moisturizers that smooth skin such as over the counter Am Lactin lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acid or prescription strength ones such as different strengths of salicylic acid or 20 – 40% urea cream. At times, topical steroid creams are used temporarily to address the red bumps and inflammation. Topical retinoids can also be quite effective in removing dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of the KP bumps.
Smoother Skin, Superior Care
Even though keratosis pilaris is not painful or itchy, the appearance of it on the skin can be bothersome. Don't allow this condition to control your self-confidence when there are various treatments available to help improve its appearance. Our exceptionally skilled staff at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC can help diagnose keratosis pilaris and lead you on the road to smoother skin. Contact our Dallas, Texas office today to schedule your consultation or to learn more.