I’ve always had little goose bumps look like kind of skin and I hated it so much. I thought maybe I don’t put enough body lotion , maybe my skin is too dry. However recently I found out that it was a kind of a genetic skin disorder which is very common – 40~50% of world’s population. So I decided to bring out the topic for those of you that still think your bumpy skin is goose bumps,lack of body lotion or the other.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a genetic skin disorder that affects 40~50% of the world’s population. KP appears as a cluster of small red bumps that are most commonly found on the upper section of the arms, thighs, buttocks and less commonly on the face, which may be mistaken for acne. While there is no cure for KP, there are ways to treat it.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin’s “capping off” the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair grows encapsulated inside the follicle.
Symptoms and signs
Keratosis pilaris results in small bumps on the skin that feel like rough sandpaper. They are skin-colored bumps the size of a grain of sand, many of which are surrounded by a slight pink color. Bearing only cosmetic consequence, these proliferation of tiny hard bumps are seldom sore or itchy.
Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year-round, it is during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower, that the problem can become exacerbated and the bumps are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.The symptoms may also worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.
Keratosis pilaris is harmless and thus medical treatment is not necessary. Many individuals may, however, want to seek treatment for this condition for cosmetic reasons. Topical creams and lotions are currently the only form of treatment for keratosis pilaris. Specifically those consisting of moisturizing or keratolytic treatments including: urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, Vitamin D, or topical retinoids. Steroid creams can also be used to reduce redness. However, the effectiveness of these treatments is limited and research to discover more effective treatments is ongoing.Improvement of the skin often takes months and the bumps are likely to return.
I think what i need for my skin is a lotion that contains lactic acid since I am lactose intolerance, maybe that’s what my skin is lack of? I am not sure. Well. I hope this post was helpful:)0