Keratosis Pilaris Treatment
Keratosis pilaris (KP), also known as follicular keratosis, is a hereditary skin disorder that causes goosebump-like lesions on the back of the arms, thighs or buttocks. The patches of bumps tend to get dry and itchy, particularly during the winter months. It occurs at any age. Because it is hereditary, there is no method of prevention. In some cases, it goes away on its own over time; in other cases, the condition is chronic. KP is not harmful, however, it is very difficult to treat.
KP is caused by a build-up of keratin, a protein in the skin that protects it from infection. Keratin plugs up hair follicles causing the rough, bumpy rash.
KP is harmless, and therefore does not require medical treatment. Several cremes and lotions are available to reduce the purely cosmetic symptoms.
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