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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Melissa Marsden

Keratosis pilaris looks just like little red bumps on your body.  It is a common and harmless skin condition that creates these unwanted bumps that become dry and rough patches. The tiny red bumps are usually found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. Keratosis Pilaris does not have any symptoms such as pain or itchiness; however, most people are just insecure about how it looks.

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin. Keratin is a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. The reason keratin builds up is unknown. Sources say it may occur in link with genetic diseases or with other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis. Dry skin tends to aggravate this condition.

Although keratosis pilaris can occur at any age, it’s most common in young children, and usually disappears by the age of 30.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Dry, rough skin in the areas with bumps
  • Worsens when seasons change and causes drier skin
  • Sandpaper-like bumps

Can It Be Treated?

Although there is no cure, you can definitely treat it with moisturizers and prescription creams.

Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion is a shielding lotion that helps your skin regain the loss of natural moisture and oils. It’s more effective than your regular moisturizer because a shielding lotion bonds with the most outer layer of your skin cells and turns it into what works like an invisible shield.

Hopefully your child or you will overcome your keratosis pilaris soon -  for the meantime Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion should help a lot and keep the redness down as well as the bumps. Try to stay as moisturized as possible, especially in the cold months.

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