What is Keratosis Pilaris?
A condition from which around 40% of the population suffers, keratosis pilaris (KP), also known as “chicken skin,” presents as tiny red ‘goosebumps’ that show up on the face, arms, thighs and buttocks. While relatively harmless, it can be uncomfortable and depending on where it is and how severe, can also be a source of self-consciousness. Often this condition is hereditary, and while no cure exists, there are treatments that can help to control it.
What are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?
Affecting adults and children alike, the symptoms of keratosis pilaris are frequently worse in the winter due to the lower humidity and drier air. Some of the symptoms that might indicate you suffer from keratosis pilaris include: small sandpapery bumps, tiny red or white bumps on the cheeks, legs or upper arms, and dry and rough skin near the area in which bumps appear.
When Should I Seek Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris?
If you are confused about whether to seek treatment for keratosis pilaris, consulting with a dermatology provider is an important first step. While some cases of keratosis pilaris can eventually resolve on their own, if the condition does worsen there are treatment options that have proven quite effective to lessen the intensity and severity.
Types of Topical Treatments Available for Keratosis Pilaris Ointments
Fortunately, there are numerous topical ointments for keratosis pilaris. These include retinoids, which can help prevent plugging of the hair follicle. Also, exfoliating creams may be used which help to rid the skin of dead cells and thus rejuvenate the area.
The KTP laser therapy in particular has worked wonders as far as offering quick bursts of intense light and thereby eradicating the tiny bumps.