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What Is Keratosis Pilaris and How Do You Get Rid of It?

Keratosis Pilaris

 

There’s a good chance that if you clicked on this you either have or have had keratosis pilaris…or know someone who does and is constantly trying to get rid of it. Also known as KP, keratosis pilaris is often called ‘chicken skin’ and is a very common skin condition, which manifests as small, red bumps that can pop up anywhere on the body. However, keratosis pilaris is most often found on the arms and legs.

The bad news? There’s no cure for keratosis pilaris. The good news? There are easy things you can do to help manage the symptoms and decrease the appearance of these bumps.

So, if you’re dealing with keratosis pilaris and the often-accompanying bumps on arms, hopefully the fact that it’s pretty much harmless should make you feel a little bit better. You should also know that you’re not alone; keratosis pilaris can be seen in about 30 to 50 percent of adults and 50 to 80 percent of children, says dermatologist Priyanka Gumaste, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Hoboken, NJ.

What causes keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris bumps are caused by a build-up of dead skin cells and keratin (a protein that makes up your skin, hair, and nails) that blocks the hair follicles, but why this happens isn’t completely understood, says Dr. Gumaste.

 
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Source : Shape – What Is Keratosis Pilaris and How Do You Get Rid of It? By, Melanie Rud

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