What is keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis pilaris (KP) are raised bumps that are usually found on the upper arms, less commonly on the buttocks and thighs, and rarely on the face; they are small, rough, and sometimes red. They look like persistent “heat rash” and are sometimes confused with acne.
What are the symptoms of KP?
Most patients do not experience any symptoms, but the appearance of KP is often psychologically stressful for adolescents and adults. Most of the individuals with KP do not like the cosmetic look of the skin affected by KP.
Who is at risk of having KP?
Keratosis pilaris may occur at any age, and it is most common in young children. It increases with a peak of symptoms during adolescence but improves afterwards.
What is the treatment for KP?
KP may resolve on its own as patients age. If our patient desires treatment, then there are a few different topical options that improve the appearance of these bumps.