skin bumps such a simple yet instantly identifiable description
of the skin concern keratosis pilaris (commonly dubbed KP).
Cant you just visualize it?
rough bumps with their grater-like texture are most frequently scattered
along the upper arms and thighs. However, the cheeks, back and buttocks
can all become involved at one time or another. Theyre annoying,
unsightly, chronic and incredibly commonplace.
dont have this condition, odds are that you know somebody who
does. Whenever I talk about KP, inevitably the individual with whom
Im conversing pauses, gasps, then exclaims I didnt
know thats what that was! My child, husband, coworker
in the blank as appropriate) has that!
keratosis pilaris affects 50% of the entire worlds population,
this reaction isnt surprising. KP is somewhat more common in children
and adolescents; 50 to 80% of children have KP. Adults neednt
feel neglected. KP affects 4 out of every 10 adults, too. Women are
slightly more prone to developing KP. Most people with KP are unaware
that not only is there a designated medical term for the condition,
but that treatment exists.
Pilaris is hereditary, inherited as an autosomal dominant gene. This
is similar to the brown vs. blue eye color phenomenon. All it takes
is a single gene from either parent to find oneself with less than perfectly
smooth skin. But not everyone can point a finger at whos to blame
since only 30 to 50 percent of KP patients have a positive family history.
accompanies atopic dermatitis and ichthyosis vulgaris so patients may
also at times find themselves dealing with eczema, dry scaly skin, asthma
or hayfever. In general, KP is aesthetically displeasing but medically
harmless. And while it may become more exaggerated at puberty, it frequently
improves with age.
place to cause the abrasive texture? The process of keratinization (the
formation of epidermal skin) is faulty. Surplus skin cells build up
around individual hair follicles. Sometimes a hair is unable to reach
the surface and becomes trapped beneath the debris. During puberty,
this is an ideal set-up for triggering follicular acne.
havoc with the skin´s surface as a raised, rough, bumpy texture
and uneven nutmeg-grater appearance forms. It is often quite noticeable.
Inflammation within each hair follicle can cause embarrassing pinpoint
red or brown polka dots to form beneath each miniature mound of keratin.
Seasonal fluctuations can be seen with improvement more likely during
Your Outer Self
pilaris is genetically predetermined, it may not be curable but should
be controllable. There is no reason to passively take a wait and see
approach. After all, theres no guarantee that youll outgrow
it. And while most with KP may not realize there really is something
they can do about it, KP can really tramatize some sufferers.
is all about smoothing away the bumps. Therapy can eliminate the bumps,
improve the texture, eliminate acne-causing plugs and improve the overall
appearance. Chemical exfoliation neednt be fraught with irritation,
redness or discomfort.
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