askderm Blog — keratosis

Ask The Esthetician: Keratosis Pilaris

Have you ever wondered what those tiny red bumps on your upper arms, legs, and back are?  Those tiny bumps are called Keratosis Pilaris (or KP) and they affect over 50% of the US Population across a wide span of ages from babies all the way up to people in their 90's. It is extremely common and a lot of times mistaken for various other skin disorders but hopefully after informing yourself you will know what those rough patches are and how to treat them properly. What is Keratosis Pilaris? Keratosis Pilaris is very common skin disorder that happens when there...

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Keratosis Pilaris

Have you ever noticed a bumpy red rash on the back of someone’s arms? Or even worse, you decided to check out your derrière in the mirror only to be startled, when you realized it is covered in red pimply, “chicken skin” like bumps? Chances are you know someone who has this skin issue, or you have it yourself!   This common skin condition is called Keratosis Pilaris (commonly referred to as KP). The signature red bumps are formed when keratin (a protein) hardens within the hair follicle. Most of these bumps contain a coiled ingrown hair, which has been...

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