What is Keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris is a very common condition that most often appears on the back of the upper arms. The condition presents as rough spots that make the skin appear almost like goose skin. Although it most often occurs on the arms it may also occur on the thighs, cheeks, jawline, forearms and upper back. It is an inherited condition.
Keratosis pilaris is harmless and does not have any long term medical implications, so treatment is a matter of choice. For some people the condition can be itchy, unsightly, and can affect self-esteem if widespread.
How to manage keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris tends to be more severe during the winter months or at other times of low humidity when the skin dries out, so keeping the skin moist by using an appropriate moisturiser is a good first step. Moisturisers containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids work really well for this skin condition as they both exfoliate the skin and help to reduce water loss. Although the condition is not curable it is certainly treatable with ongoing use of appropriate topical treatments.