Rough, red and raised bumps? This could be keratosis pilaris!

This could be keratosis pilaris (KP). This is a harmless and manageable skin condition.

Although keratosis pilaris is most commonly seen in children and teenagers, it can still affect adults. KP develops due to the buildup of a protein called keratin in and around the hair follicle. This buildup of keratin leaves the skin feeling bumpy and rough. This condition is usually found on the outer thighs, outer arms, trunk, and face. On the face it may appear more red, with very small bumps. Some bumps may also masquerade as acne spots but don’t necessarily respond to acne treatments. On the body KP may be more widespread with bigger red bumps. The rash may resemble “plucked chicken skin.”

Unfortunately, there isn’t one treatment to completely help with KP, however, for mild KP there are skin care products that can be used at home to reduce this condition. For the body we recommend using an exfoliating sponge or scrub when showering. For overall face and body, we recommend applying moisturising cream daily to reduce any irritations or dry skin. The next step in the treatment ladder is adding in keratolytics such as lactic acid, salicylic acid etc into the skin regime. More severe cases may require advanced treatments such as oral retinoids (prescription only vitamin A tablets), vascular lasers, lasers for hair reduction and occasionally topical steroids for short periods.

If you’re struggling with this condition, book in for a skin consultation with our Dermal Clinician to get a better understanding of management options for you. Please keep in mind that more severe cases, that warrant script medications, may be referred to one of our dermatologists.

You can book via HotDoc or call our clinic on 9039 5644.

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