What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris, also known as KP, is a condition that occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with hair and dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. Once clogged, the follicles can become raised and red. These bumps are most commonly found on the upper arms and upper thighs, but can also appear on the face, back and buttock. KP is not painful but people that suffer from it find it annoying and hard to treat. An appointment with a certified dermatologist can help patients receive the most effective treatment for them.
Since this is a hereditary disorder it cannot be sure but with the proper care, it can be reduced. Some things that can help improve keratosis pilaris include:
Microdermabrasion: Exfoliation is very important for this condition. During microdermabrasion, the outer layer of skin is exfoliated away to clear the clogged follicle and reduce bumps.
At-Home Exfoliation: Your dermatologist might also recommend some things you can do at home to minimize bumps. Physically exfoliating with a bath sponge can also help in the flattening of the bumps.
Medication: Your dermatologist might prescribe medication to remove dead skin cells such as lactic or glycolic acid.
Moisturizer: Keeping the skin moisturized with ingredients like urea and lactic acid can help to relieve dryness and itching associated with keratosis pilaris.
Without treatment, many cases of keratosis will gradually go away on their own. However, your dermatologist can provide you with treatment options to manage your symptoms and help you find relief sooner.
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If you are living with keratosis pilaris and are looking for a way to combat symptoms, treatment with a certified dermatologist might be able to help. Contact Dr. Shauna Diggs’ office today to schedule a consultation in the Detroit area.