Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

Small, rough white or red bumps that neither itch nor hurt and are often described as rash. The condition is usually worse during winter months or when there is low humidity and the skin gets dry. The bumps represent extra keratin at the hair follicles and it is extremely common, affecting approximately 50% of the population and runs in families. Younger individuals may have the rash on the face but 95% of individuals will outgrow facial lesions. The rash may persist on the back of the arms, legs, upper back but improves with age in most people. Treatment is not required by may include moisturizers, medicated creams or foams with urea, alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid.

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