Keratosis Pilaris (KP) Chicago
What is Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?
Keratosis Pilaris, commonly known as “chicken skin” for its appearance, is a common follicular skin condition. Symptoms of KP usually include small, painless, red bumps. They typically appear on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The tiny bumps may also be accompanied by dry or rough skin in those areas.
What causes Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?
Keratosis Pilaris is a genetic condition. The bumps and rough skin texture are caused by a build up of keratin. Keratin is a hard protein that protects the skin from harmful substances and infections. This build up of keratin forms a plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle on the body.
How can I treat Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?
While you can’t cure or prevent Keratosis Pilaris, you can treat it with certain topical products to help improve the appearance of the affected skin. It is often treated with over the counter moisturizers or prescription creams. These creams can contain certain acids to help to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells, and improve the appearance of the bumpy, rough texture. Other creams that contain topical retinoids are very helpful to increase the cell turnover rate and prevent the build up of keratin.