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Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that results in the appearance of small, light lumps on the skin. If you feel that you may be experiencing keratosis pilaris in Philadelphia, it’s time to find out more about this condition and your potential treatment options.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

This condition is usually seen on the upper part of the arms, buttocks, and thighs. It is mostly a painless condition and does not cause other issues, but it can make the skin appear rough and can sometimes swell or cause redness. It is also referred to as “chicken skin.” The condition is usually aggravated by dry weather.

Symptoms

The symptoms of keratosis pilaris are:

  • Goosebumps on the skin that look like pimples or rashes
  • Dry skin
  • Itching, swelling, and redness (though it does not itch for most people)

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Why Does It Occur?

Keratosis pilaris occurs due to excess keratin buildup. Keratin is a substance that protects the skin (and is the main structural component of hair, fingernails, and toenails). The buildup leads to the formation of a plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. This causes a bump to appear.

It is not clear why excess keratin builds up. Usually, this condition occurs in children and teens and resolves on its own after some years.

Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris mars the appearance of the skin and can make a person feel uncomfortable. In some cases, it causes rashes. Treatment is required to provide relief from these symptoms and restore the look of the skin.

It must be noted that there is no permanent cure for this condition; the objective of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms. It is possible that this condition may reappear after some time.

Creams and Lotions: There are two types of creams and lotions used to treat this condition. One is an exfoliator that helps to remove dead skin cells in the area. These creams are usually available over the counter. They loosen dead skin cells and remove them. These creams are not recommended for children.

The other type of cream/lotion helps to prevent plugged follicles. It contains retinoids, derived from vitamin A. This too can have side effects and needs to be taken with caution.

Laser Treatment: For those concerned about the side effects of creams, laser treatment can be a helpful option. During laser treatment, laser energy is delivered to the affected area, resolving inflammation and redness. It is used when cream and lotions don’t achieve the desired results.

Laser treatment improves skin texture, and it can also manage discoloration. This is helpful because after the bumps on the skin disappear, there is a possibility of brown spots occurring.

Skincare: Along with other treatment options, it is important to take proper care of your skin. The skin should be kept moist, since dryness can worsen the symptoms.

Some measures that should be followed include:

  • Using a thick layer of moisturizer on the affected area
  • Using soap with fat or oil content
  • Avoiding scratching the area
  • Avoiding using hot water while bathing and instead using warm water
  • Avoiding tight clothes

Learn More Today

The best way to find out more about the treatment options available for keratosis pilaris in Philadelphia is by contacting Keystone Dermatology Partners. Our skilled dermatologists will be available to answer your questions and recommend a treatment for you.

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