Keratosis pilaris is a common, yet harmless skin condition, which sees the skin become rough and bumpy. There is no known cure for the condition, however you are able to improve the appearance of the rash through the use of soap-free cleanses, regular moisturising and a number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
Where does Keratosis pilaris occur?
Keratois pilaris, most commonly affects the back of the upper arms, buttocks and thighs, however there are some variants of the condition which affect the face, scalp and forearms.
Keratosis pilaris affects one in three people in the UK and though it can effect people of all ages and backgrounds, it is most common in:
- Children and adolescents.
- Those who suffer or have suffered from eczema.
- Those with Celtic decent.
The condition often improves post puberty and may even disappear in adulthood.
What causes Keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is tied heavily to genetics and often runs in families, if one parent suffers from the condition there is a 50% chance that the child will inherit the condition.
The condition itself is caused when too much keratin builds up in the skins hair follicles. Keratin is a protein which is found in the tougher outer layer of the skin. The excess keratin then blocks the hair follicles, which cause the pores to widen, giving the skin a spotty appearance.
Treating Keratosis pilaris
Here at LINIA Skin Clinic we provide several options to help treat Keratosis pilaris from chemical peels to microdermabrasion. Each individual case of Keratois pilaris is different so why not request a consultation with our expert dermatologist who can assess your case and created a bespoke tailored treatment plan to suit your specific needs.