What is Keratosis Pilaris?

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Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin”. If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone.

Worldwide, Keratosis Pilaris affects an estimated 40% to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50% to 80% of all adolescents.

Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.
Most people with Keratosis don’t know they have it. While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. It is often confused with acne.

Keratosis Pilaris is unsightly but completely harmless. KP tends to be worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when the skin dries out. It may also occur, or worsen, among pregnant women or show up after childbirth.

Tips for Your Keratosis

If you suffer from the blotchiness or skin discoloration brought on by Keratosis, there is hope for you. You can make the brownish or dark skin patches disappear using the proper ointments and creams.

For example, many dermatologists have found that an ointment containing hydroquinone is effective in reducing and, in some cases reversing, the effects of Keratosis. The key is to use the ointment for the prescribed period until the Keratosis’ effects are reversed.

Ointments containing azelaic acid or kojic acid have also been found to be effective in reversing the effects of Keratosis as have ointments containing glycolic acid. The key, again, here is that you must continue the regimen until the Keratosis is reversed. If you stop for any reason, you will likely see it return quickly. An ointment containing tretonin has also been found to be an effective topical application.

“I suffered greatly from Keratosis Pilaris and adult acne onset by stress. My skin on my arms looked like chicken skin-always bumpy, like sand paper; rough. My face reverted back to being 14 years old and I was very embarrassed and subsequently more stressed as a result.

Corium 21 saved my skin, my social life and rid me of the insecurities and anxiety I was experiencing do to my skin condition. I was paying so much money for chemical peels, photo facials and expensive creams that did nothing but burn a hole in my wallet. Corium 21 is my go-to-multi use cream. My skin hasn’t been this smooth since I was a kid, the acne is gone, the redness is gone and I can be at peace once again, not having to worry if people are seeing me or my acne. They are seeing me now! Thanks Corium 21!” – M.

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