Keratosis Pilaris in Chambersburg, PA

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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.

Causes

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.

Symptoms

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

Treatment Options

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.

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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.

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