Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition where keratin builds up in the hair follicles of the skin. The result are white or red bumps resembling goose flesh, and sometimes scaly white patches. These patches are not itchy or contagious. The condition itself is relatively harmless and usually goes away by age 30 but it can persist if not treated. It can also worsen in the winter time when there is less humidity and the cold dries out the skin. Causes There is no known cause of Keratosis Pilaris but it is thought that genetics might.
Play a factor. It occurs in healthy people, and dry skin makes the condition worse. Treatments For mild cases, you can get rid of Keratosis Pilaris with an over the counter cream containing an exfoliant lactic acid or urea. These will soften skin and help get rid the Keratosis Pilaris. For more persistent cases, a doctor can prescribe a medicated cream. These creams can have either a stronger version of the over the counter moisturizer and exfoliant or retinoids. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and help promote cell growth and prevent the cell follicles.
From getting plugged up. Retinoids can also be extremely irritating, so use them with caution. In extreme cases, laser therapy can be used for Keratosis Pilaris. The affected areas are hit with laser light to reduce redness and swelling. It might take several treatments to completely get rid of Keratosis Pilaris. Prevention and Care Keratosis Pilaris can be prevented or slowed by moisturizing the skin and avoiding drying soaps. Limit shower and bath time and using extremely hot water as this can dry the skin. Use humidifiers in the winter as well.