What is Keratosis Pilaris?

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Keratosis Pilaris, or “chicken skin” is a very common skin problem where one can get bumpy arms, legs, butt, chest, etc. I have it on my arms, legs, back and bum. There are different forms, one form is just bumps, where as the form I have gives you white bumps, and red spots on your arms. It is not serious and causes no health complications, and per reports I have read, it usually disappears before age 30. (Keratosis Pilaris is not acne.)

Basically, Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is caused by the buildup of a hard protein called keratin which makes up the outer layer of skin. (Your nails and hair are also made of keratin.)  This built up keratin blocks the opening of hair follicles.

I have dry skin, I have heard that this can contribute to KP. Also, the winter tends to cause KP to flare up more according to several articles I read. (I have not observed this, but I live in Florida…)

There is no known cure for KP but there are many home remedies I have heard of which include: exfoliating, using a humidifier, put vaseline on your skin nightly, moisturizing,etc.

Also, there are other things such as medicated creams you can ask your doctor about, or read about online.

I have been using the clay mask Lerosett for pimples on my face for ages, when doing the review for Lersoett I learned that Lerosett can be used for other skin problems as well.I am going to test the effect of Lerosett on my KP and I will be blogging about the journey.

For more information check out:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratosis-pilaris/DS00769

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, the information herein comes from my understanding of Keratosis Pilaris and my personal experience with it. The information here is not meant to diagnose or cure anything. As with all physical concerns a doctor should be consulted for medical information and treatment.

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One thought on “What is Keratosis Pilaris?

  1. […] I have Keratosis Pilaris. (If you don’t know what that is check out my post “What is Keratosis Pilaris?”) Awhile ago I decided I was going to pitt my Lerosett and my Clinique Deep Comfort Body […]

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