What Is Keratosis Pilaris (KP or Chicken Skin Bumps)? What Causes It? How To Best Treat It

What Is Keratosis Pilaris (KP or Chicken Skin)? What Causes It? How To Best Treat It

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Cool, crisp weather is often a much-appreciated change from hot and humid days, but with the chillier temperatures come a slew of skincare concerns. One of the more common conditions that occur during the winter months is Keratosis Pilaris (also known as “chicken skin”). To keep you from hiding your arms in bulky sweaters this season, BeautyStat has enlisted the help of skincare expert Dr. Michael Gold for an insider’s guide to treating this harmless yet unpleasant skin condition.

What is Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?

Keratosis Pilaris, or KP, is characterized as rough, follicular patches on the skin — almost like goosebumps that never go away. KP generally settles on the outer arms leaving you with rough, skin-colored bumps similar to acne. KP is typically painless and non-threatening, but sometimes is accompanied by itchiness and redness.

What causes it?

KP is caused by a build-up of keratin, a protein that protects skin from infection. When keratin blocks the opening of the hair follicle, bumpy skin can result. Although it is difficult to pinpoint what causes the keratin to build up, KP is generally associated with genetics or other skin conditions like atopic dermatitis.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris (KP or Chicken Skin)? What Causes It? How To Best Treat It

Dr. Michael Gold

How do you treat it?

KP can be incredibly frustrating for both patients and physicians alike, since it is often difficult to treat. Most dermatologists will recommend moisturizers that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids to help remove the follicular dead skin cells. There are even some products on the market specifically formulated for KP. On occasion, mild topical corticosteroids may be prescribed for the condition. Luckily, KP usually disappears by age thirty.

Dr. Michael Gold is a board certified dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon and is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medi Spa, The Laser and Rejuvenation Center and Tennessee Clinical Research Center located in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of over 300 published scientific articles, fifteen textbook chapters and the editor of two textbooks on Photodynamic Therapy and Global PDT. www.goldskincare.com

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