What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

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“What causes keratosis pilaris”


Keratosis pilaris, is also known as ‘chicken skin’ and this skin condition affects many people all around the world.

Science has yet to find a complete cure, but causes for keratosis pilaris are known.

We know who is likely to suffer from it.


It’s estimated that keratosis pilaris affects about 40 to 50 percentage of the adult population all over the world. However, it’s more ubiquitous in adolescents, as reports suggest that 50 to 80 percent of teenagers suffer from this hideous looking condition. Studies indicate that it’s mostly hereditary in nature, and you are more vulnerable if your mom or dad has suffer this condition. It’s common with all races, but people of Celtic origin are on higher risk zone of being a sufferer.

This condition is more prevalent in females than in males. While babies can be affected too, it usually starts in early childhood. It deteriorates in adolescence as the child steps into puberty.

Fortunately many have reported that it does improve after puberty, and for some this condition even disappears completely during adulthood.

Some people do continue to show signs of keratosis pilaris throughout their 40’s and 50’s, it is not common in older people.

The causes of keratosis pilaris revolve around the production of keratin which is the creamy colored substance found in the outer layer of the skin. It is made of protein, keratin which is a component of skin, nails and hair.

But when the body produces too much keratin, it can cause the skin to become thick. The excess keratin blocks the hair follicles with plugs of skin. This leads to heaved bumps on the affected areas. Often it will prevent the hairs from coming out of the follicles. As a result the hairs curl up inside the follicle and cause inflammation in the surrounding skin. The bumps then become inflamed, red, and scratchy.

These hard, bristly bumps often aggravate with other dry skin conditions, such as eczema and ichthyosis.

Those suffering from eczema and ichthyosis will witness that the rash caused by keratosis pilaris gets worse. Though keratosis pilaris can be unattractive and scratchy, the silver lining is that it is generally harmless.

There are many things you can do to alleviate the condition. Regular program of exfoliation and moisturizing is most preferred. You may also consult a health care professional as there are some treatments on the shelf that though are not formulated for treating keratosis pilaris, have been found to be effective in assuaging the condition.

Even when you are not suffering from any skin condition, always maintain the regime of exfoliation and moisturization to keep all 7 layers of skin healthy.


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