What Is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition. It causes small bumps to appear on the cheeks, arms, buttocks, thighs, or other parts of the body. These bumps are the result of a buildup of a skin protein called keratin. Bumps are commonly white or flesh colored and generally don’t cause any symptoms. However, the bumps can become scaly. A medical dermatology specialist can diagnose this condition and treat Keratosis Pilaris.
Who Is at Risk?
The skin condition is most common in babies, young children, and teenagers. You’re more likely to have keratosis pilaris if the condition runs in your family. Also, you may be at a higher risk if you have asthma, hay fever, dry skin, excess body weight, or certain skin conditions like eczema, or ichthyosis vulgaris.
Additionally, patients with melanoma who are taking vemurafenib are at a higher risk for developing this condition.
How Is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?
For most people, the bumps go away on their own by the age 30. It’s also not uncommon for the bumps to disappear in the summer. If you want to minimize the appearance of the bumps, you can try moisturizing lotions, medicated creams, and a gentle skincare routine.
Laser treatments and dermabrasion treatments may be used to promote healthy skin free from symptoms.
How Can I Prevent Flare Ups?
The condition isn’t preventable. However, you can minimize the appearance of the tiny bumps caused by the condition by moisturizing and exfoliating often. Additionally, following a gentle skin care routine can help prevent flare-ups.
Where Can I Get the Best Keratosis Pilaris Treatment in Arlington?
Struggling to get rid of keratosis pilaris bumps? If so, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Marjan Yousefi. Fortunately, Dr. Yousefi knows the ins and outs of treating and managing common skin conditions.
To schedule an appointment, contact us at 703-255-5070 today! Dr. Yousefi and her team are here to help you achieve better skin!