Keratosis pilaris is a skin disorder most common in the winter time. Keratosis appears as gooseflesh, goose bumps or chicken skin, causing small areas on the skin to become rough, red, and have tiny bumps. Although there is no cure for keratosis, it may become less visible over time. With the help of ongoing therapy, keratosis can become less noticeable.
Keratosis pilaris is commonly seen to run in families (hereditary), but it is caused by a build-up of keratin, which is a hard protein intended to protect the skin. Keratin forms under the skin, blocking the opening of the hair follicle. When the hair follicle becomes plugged it leads to tiny rough patches on the skin.
It is unknown as to why keratin builds up, but some believe it may be due to genetic disorders or other skin conditions. Furthermore, cold weather and dry skin can worsen the condition.
Symptoms of keratosis include tiny bumps along the skin, rough skin, dry and itchy skin, and skin that worsens in the wintertime.
Keratosis pilaris home remedies include:
Always speak with your doctor or dermatologist to find out if a product you wish to try is safe for use on keratosis skin.
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