Keratosis pilaris is a very common type of keratosis .It is a genetic state that passes down from parents to children .It is caused by the excess growth of keratin. Keratin forms the outer layer of our skin and if it grows unevenly or in form of clusters, it blocks the pores thus forming red bumps on the surface which is commonly known as keratosis pilaris. Although it is not harmful but it can be irritating and affects a person’s personality thus affecting his self-confidence. As these bumps look like acne, it is most significant not to puzzle them with acne as there is a difference between their treatments and a minor mistake in dealing with these bumps can result in a more serious skin problems. It is also commonly known as chicken skin as it makes skin rough
Keratosis is classified in various different types but keratosis pilaris is most familiar one. Keratosis pilaris , also recognized as follicular keratosis , usually occurs on arms ,thighs and cheeks. Anyone can be affected by this diseases but it is most common in children and adolescents. It isn’t a transmittable disease but it is difficult to treat this lesion .As it is a genetic skin problem therefore many teenagers are affected .It should be kept in mind ,to handle them with care especially in case of children, in order to avoid a lifelong skin problem. Keratosis pilaris increases with the lack of moisture therefore during winter it can be very irritating .
It can be prevented in a number of ways
- By keeping the skin clean
- By adopting healthy lifestyle
- By having nutritious food
- By exercising regularly
- By being active
- By keeping skin moisturized
Thus all these things should be made a habit and a part of routine of children who have chances of keratosis pilaris. These minor habits can not only prevent this problem but also help in reducing it , if you already have this problem.
Closely observing your skin every day and consulting a dermatologist , if you notice any alteration in your skin is very vital for having a healthy skin. Keratosis can be controlled if treated in the start therefore treatment should be started as soon as you notice following symptoms
- Redness of skin on any part of body.
- Appearance of irritating rash.
- Formation of red bumps on skin.
- Increment in roughness of skin.
Usually people confuse keratosis pilaris with acne and start using medication for acne without consulting a doctor , it can result in serious skin conditions therefore right diagnosis is very essential .
Although it is difficult to treat keratosis pilaris but it can be reduced by
- Opting for photodynamics
- Using laser therapy
- Using retinoid after dermatologists opinion.
- Avoiding products having harsh chemicals
- Avoiding over exfoliation
- Keeping the skin moisturized
Using prescribed antibiotics