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Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris

This is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small acne-like bumps often seen on the arms, legs, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. The bumps are usually white and sometimes red; they generally don't hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris can be quite wearisome because it's difficult to treat. However, this condition isn't often serious and usually disappears by age of 30. Keratosis pilaris is genetic in origin but the precise cause has not yet been determined. Keratosis pilaris can occur at any age but is common in young children.

The signs and symptoms of this condition include:

• Dry, rough- sometimes itchy skin in the areas with bumps
• Small white or red bumps that appear on the upper arms, legs, cheeks, and buttocks
• This condition worsens in winter when humidity is low and skin tends to be drier

Although there are no definite ways to prevent Keratosis pilaris, there are a few steps to keep your skin moist and healthy:

• Use warm water and limit bath time
• Avoid using harsh drying soaps
• After taking a shower, gently pat or blot your skin with a dry towel so that some moisture remains on the skin
• Use a humidifier in your home
• Go easy on your skin and avoid vigorous scrubbing

If your condition becomes worrisome, contact your doctor for an appropriate diagnosis!

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