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Keratosis Pilaris (or KP) is a common dry skin condition that looks like rough goose bumps. The bumps can either appear skin-colored or red, and are most commonly found on the arms and legs. If you have rough, bumpy skin, you may have KP, but it’s best to consult your dermatologist for a correct diagnosis and treatment.
Keratosis Pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin (a natural protein that makes up skin, hair and nails). Keratin can form hard plugs in skin's hair follicles, which creates rough bumps. KP generally runs in families, and is more common in people who suffer from eczema (atopic dermatitis).
CARE & TREATMENT
While Keratosis Pilaris is not a serious health concern, it can be uncomfortable and make skin appear unattractive. The good news is that KP generally improves as you get older and can be managed with a daily skincare regimen. You can reduce skin roughness and redness by taking lukewarm showers and baths, using a mild, soap-free cleanser, and applying a moisturizer every day.
Dermatologists often recommend a moisturizer that contains urea and buffered alpha hydroxy acids. Buffered alpha hydroxy acids help exfoliate rough, dry skin, and urea provides intensive moisture. This combination of exfoliation and hydration works to reduce KP bumps.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Improve the appearance of the skin or
2. Achieve healthier looking skin