Keratosis Pilaris is a red skin rash that looks bad but isn't painful or even itchy. It's usually found on the back or upper arms, although it can be anywhere on the body except the bottom of the feet and the hands. If you get Keratosis Pilaris on your face it can be really embarrassing.
Its other name is chicken skin as it is a random red rash that looks like chickens have been eating off your skin.
There is a genetic factor to getting Keratosis Pilaris, if your parents suffer from it there's a good chance you will too. It's usually seen in adolescents and often mistaken for acne. It's also more common in females than males.
It is usually worse in the winter than summer and in damp climates as there is more moisture in the air.
Keratin is a natural protein that makes up the outer layer of human skin. Keratosis Pilaris is caused when the body makes too much keratin, but it is unknown why some people make excessive keratin. The extra keratin then traps the hair follicles in the pore, which causes ingrown hairs and produces the rash and the bumps.
Cures and Treatment
There is no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris, but there are things you can do to improve the appearance of the rash. Dry brushing once or twice a week will reduce the toxins on your skin, or you can use a loofah and soap. However, brushing your skin more than twice a week can irritate the rash.
There are many moisturizing creams you can use, one of which is AmLactin. Or you can get a prescription cream from the doctor. The most common cream prescribed for Keratosis Pilaris is Retin-A. However, Retin-A can become quite expensive if used for a long time.
Looking after your general health will go a long way toward helping any rashes go away. Eat more fruit and vegetables, make sure you exercise enough, eat enough fiber, drink lots of water and get some sunshine regularly. While not a cure for Keratosis Pilaris, your rash will be worse if your body is generally unfit and out of shape.
Keratosis Pilaris doesn't usually disappear on its own, except that it often does diminish with age. Just work toward reducing your symptoms as much as you can.