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.
Keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris (kp, also follicular keratosis or chicken skin)is a common, autosomal dominant, genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough slightly red in color, bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the arm (though the forearm can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, sides, buttocks.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Possibly. Kp can appear more exaggerated in dry, pale skin. Facial kp can be more exaggerated with spicy food, or other foods that can cause flushing (ie wine, cheese, sour).
Yes, diet. Keratosis pilaris may be genetic and can triggered by vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities, and allergies. Certain vitamins like vitamin a and d can be helpful in treating kp. Cetain dietary changes, such as gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free might be useful in the treatment as well. Testing vitamin levels and reactions to food would be useful for coming up with a plan of action.
No. Kp is a common, benign, autosomal dominant genetic condition that affects about 40% of the population. There is no credible data that diet affects kp at all. There are anecdotal reports that vitamin a supplementation helps, but no evidence that vitamin a levels are low in patients with kp. Any relationship to gluten is conjecture at best.
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.

Is there an effective long-term treatment for erythema caused by keratosis pilaris.

Keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris isn't usually very red. Avoid harsh soaps and excessive sun exposure. Apply a moisturizer.

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.