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What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

Genetic condition: Keratosis pilaris (follicular keratosis) is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (lower arms can also be affected); also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except the palms or soles of feet. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Keratosis Pilaris (Definition)

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects about 40% of people. It shows up as scaly little bumps around follicles, usually on the backs of the arms. It can also be seen on the tops of the thighs and butt. It usually shows up in the teenage years and gets better with time. In kids, it also is sometimes on the face, but that usually ...Read more


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What causes keratosis pilaris?

What causes keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: It is an autosomal dominant inherited condition related to another condition called atopy. Basically, it is inherited. ...Read more

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What causes keratosis pilaris? I have bumps on my skin that seem to pop up whenever I eat too much sugar,fried food, meat or wheat ? Is it an allergy?

What causes keratosis pilaris? I have bumps on my skin that seem to pop up whenever I eat too much sugar,fried food, meat or wheat ? Is it an allergy?

Eczema.: Think of KP as eczema of the hair follicles. It is not an allergy. We treat it with the same medications that we use to treat acne - usually topical steroids and emollient lotions. If it worsens whenever you eat the things you mention, listen to your body and eat less of them. ...Read more

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Does keratosis pilaris also cause redness of the area effected by it. How do I treat that.

Keratosis Pilaris: Read these facts about kp==>http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002433/. A slight pinkish color is typical, but the area shouldn't be bright red like a rash. The article describes some common treatments and the long term prognosis. ...Read more

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Could a hormone imbalance cause keratosis pilaris to get worse or flare up?

Probably: Keratosis pilaris is a very vexing problem that we do not have great answers for. However, many patients note large fluctuations of their kp during pregnancy, and some have found that it is better or worsens after starting and oral contraceptive pill. So probably there is some relationship between hormones and kp, though I am not totally sure how they are connected. ...Read more

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Can the skin condition keratosis pilaris be caused or worsened by hygiene or diet? (dermatology)

KP is an inherited: skin disorder. It is due to plugging of follicles so using topicals that exfoliate will help a lot, (scrubs, lactic acid, urea) foods typically do not affect it ...Read more

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Can Hashimoto's thyroiditis cause keratosis pilaris?

Can Hashimoto's thyroiditis cause keratosis pilaris?

Unlikely: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is autoimmune related and Keratosis Pilaris is autosomal dominant genetic related so is not thought to be autoimmune caused. ...Read more

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Does skin bleaching agents work to get rid of redness on cheeks caused by keratosis Pilaris, finances got rid of bumps but not redness?

Does skin bleaching agents work to get rid of redness on cheeks caused by keratosis Pilaris, finances got rid of bumps but not redness?

Leave it alone: There's nothing to gain and she runs the risk of disfiguring herself. A cosmetician may be able to offer advice, but don't try to alter the skin directly. You have one another and that's what matters. Often KP remits on its own; until then, nothing really works that well. She's free to try a preparation with lactic or salicylic acid. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Keratosis (Definition)

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