I was asked on Facebook, ” Can you help me with my son’s white, rough bumps on the arms and shoulders. I’ve tried everything to get rid of them but to no avail. Help!!”. This mother’s cry for help hit me hard making me write this post on Keratosis Pelaris. I wanted to reach out to more who find Keratosis Pelaris real annoying to live with. After all, 4 out of every 10 adults are diagnosed with this skin condition.
What is Keratosis Pelaris? Keratosis Pelaris or Chicken bumps is an easily identifiable skin condition, but for it being real annoying and aesthetically unappealing. It is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the surface of the skin. These bumps resemble goose bumps and are small, hard and rough but are seldom sore and itchy. The places where it most appears are the upper arms, back of thighs, flanks, buttocks and sometimes on your chest and hands as well. Though this sand paper like skin condition is completely harmless , it can be a little frustrating to deal with.This skin condition affects approximately 40% of the entire world’s population out of which almost 50 -80% are adolescents. This condition presents itself as:
Normally Keratosis Pelaris resolves itself on its own. Mostly by the age of 30 these bumps tend to dissolve.
What causes Keratosis Pelaris? This skin condition is due to the buildup of a protein found in skin called Keratin. Keratin protects the skin from harmful substances and infections. However, when excess keratin is produced by the skin it surrounds and entraps the surrounding hair follicle in its pore. This causes hyperkeratinization, that is formation of hard plugs. Though this condition is experienced year round, it is in the colder months that it becomes worse since the moisture levels in the air tend to dip.
Treatment and care- You may want to visit your dermatologist if you are dealing with Keratosis Pelaris. Though there is no lab test confirming this skin condition a skin examination will confirm if you are suffering from this condition or not. Some treatment options are:
Home remedies– You can try some home remedies to alleviate your problem:
How have you treated your Keratosis Pelaris? Write in and let us know.