What Is Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common condition that is otherwise known as “chicken skin” or “goose bump flesh”. It can appear on any part of the human body except the soles of the feet and palms, where there are no hair follicles. It manifests as rough bumpy flesh, each bump being where a hair follicle is present. Keratosis pilaris alba or white keratosis occurs most frequently when the skin has not become infected, and keratosis pilaris rubra – red keratosis is when these bumps become inflamed and infected which often happens in areas on the face.


Keratosis pilaris is sometimes referred to a follicular keratosis, because it affects the hair follicles. It is not contagious but can be distressing especially in younger people who often diagnose this condition as acne. This can result in applying creams that are not effective.

KP is caused when the body produces too much keratin which then blocks the pores, preventing the hair from emerging from the follicle. In African American skin this happens often in males on the face, the hair will often grow back on itself, curl up and cause the lumps which often appear after shaving. This shouldn’t be confused with a nickel allergy rash which can appear on the skin due to cell phones for certain individuals.

Keratosis Pilaris Creams And Lotions

Though there is no permanent solution for keratosis pilaris there are many creams and lotions available that may help the condition. It will be a case of trial and error until you find one that suits your skin type and clears up the condition. Some creams contain alpha-hydroxy acids. These acids can be found in many citrus fruits, so before purchasing these lotions try a home remedy of applying lemon juice to the affected area in the morning. The acid in the fruit sloughs off the top layer of dead skin cells and leaves a fresher layer of skin exposed. Alpha Hydroxy Acids help a number of skin conditions. Be sure to apply sunblock afterwards though, if going outside. Applying plain yogurt to the skin, apple or apple cider vinegar are some home remedies people use. The aim is to keep the keratin from accumulating within the pores, so keeping the area clean is important.

Other options include using creams that contain Vitamin A, such as Retin-A which is often used to treat acne. Another retinoid called Adapalene has also been found to be useful in relieving the symptoms of keratosis pilaris; it acts as an exfoliant like alpha-hydroxy acid but also doubles as an anti-inflammatory.

Consult with a physician, especially if the condition is causing you to be depressed, as often happens when keratosis pilaris rubra occurs on the face. Some doctors do not take the condition too seriously and may tell you that it will clear up on its own, or will go away when you get older. This is not a satisfactory answer and you should ask to be referred to a dermatologist to get more of a in-depth analysis.

Also be aware that skin problems can manifest with diabetes and many people are not aware of this:

If you have diabetes or know someone with it, a natural cure you can read about is here: Diabetes Reveral Guide

how to reverse diabetes

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google