about Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris is a noncancerous rash that manifests as small inflamed bumps near the hair follicles on your cheeks, upper arms, buttocks, or thighs. These lumps usually resemble small blemishes and may cause a rough texture on the affected area. Some patients comment that this skin ailment looks like goosebumps.
Even though there isn't any direct treatment for keratosis pilaris, Dr. Rachel Day can provide a treatment to decrease its physical appearance. You may be more likely to suffer from this ailment if you have dry skin, reside in a humid climate, or swim frequently. Men and women of all ages can get keratosis pilaris, but it's most common in young adults and children. Keratosis pilaris is also common among individuals who suffer from eczema. If you'd like help minimizing the indicators of this illness and improving the look of your affected skin, contact OneSkin Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA.
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"My daughter has been seeing Dr.Day for over a year now for eczema and acne. This last time we left the office my 15 year old daughter says “I love my doctor”! Thank you to the entire staff for helping clear up her acne, eczema, and making us feel like friends when coming in the office! The office is very professional, down to earth, and welcoming! I recommend Dr.Day and her staff to everyone!"- L.T. / Google / Apr 19, 2021
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"Dr. Day is such a gift to our community. Her care is beyond comprehensive. She listens and cares about the patients skin concerns and complete experience. I appreciate the transparency with cost. Being in healthcare myself, I know how important but challenging this can be and I so value how hard she works to deliver honest care and also accessible care for all. She is a champion for social justice and bringing people together in support of local businesses. I have never been more happy with the health and appearance of my skin. Who would guess this would be possible in my late 30’s?! It’s always a treat to go to OneSkin and I highly recommend Dr. Day to all my patients as well! Thank you, Dr. Patterson"- R.F. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"My baby had terrible eczema that caused him to be up all night screaming and scratching. We took him to his pediatrician, but the treatment failed. When I contacted Dr. Day's office they provided me an appointment within the week. His skin is so beautiful now. She has also helped me with my skin concerns as well. She has been such a blessing to our community and I am so grateful for the care she has provided."- A.C. / Google / Mar 20, 2022
The condition is the result of an over-accumulation of fibrous proteins known as keratin, which normally shield your skin from disease. Keratin is created close to the hair follicle just underneath the epidermis. The rashes that form on your skin with this disease are upset hair follicles. The inflamed hair follicles look like little lumps on the surface of the skin. Keratosis pilaris isn't contagious and is thought to be a genetic skin condition. It's often seen among individuals who suffer from dry skin, hay fever, asthma, and/or eczema.
Keratosis pilaris may appear at any age, but it is most prevalent in children and young adults. Symptoms include:
- Painless little lumps usually around the upper arms, cheeks, buttocks, or thighs
- Dry, coarse skin around the regions with rashes
- An increase in severity when seasonal fluctuations result in dry conditions and low humidity
- Sandpaper-like lumps resembling goosebumps
Sometimes, Dr. Day may prescribe a one-week course of a moderate strength steroid ointment. This can be applied a couple of times each day to address the inflamed rash. When the redness has stopped, rough lumps can be treated using a regular prescription of either 2 – 3% salicylic acid or 20 – 40% urea ointment. Alternated dosing of topical retinoids (e.g., weekly or biweekly) appears to be rather powerful and efficient short-term treatment, but the results are usually just temporary. After clearing up the skin first with more powerful drugs, patients can then be given a less aggressive care plan for maintenance.
Smoother Skin, Superior Care
Though keratosis pilaris isn't painful, the overall look of bumps on your skin may cause embarrassment. Don't allow this skin condition to affect your self-esteem when there are so many remedies available to minimize its physical appearance. Dr. Rachel Day at OneSkin Dermatology will help identify keratosis pilaris and direct you on the path to clearer, smoother skin. If you're in the Chambersburg, PA area, call today to schedule your appointment or to gather more information.