Keratosis pilaris is a skin ailment which is characterized by appearance of small, red bumps around the hair follicles of the buttocks, legs, arms and sometimes even the face. The condition is completely harmless and has a typical appearance of a rash. Keratosis pilaris affects individuals of all ages.
While the condition in benign in nature, it can be very distressing, especially since it can result in unsightly appearance of the skin. There is little information available about the causes of kerotasis pilaris, however there are a host of home remedies that have been found effective in the treatment of the condition.
Keratosis pilaris is a skin ailment which is characterized by patchy and scattered rash all over the skin. The condition is associated with about 10-100 rough bumps on the skin giving the skin a typical sandpaper like appearance. Occasionally the bumps may be slightly inflamed with a typical reddish coloration of the skin.
What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?
The etiology for keratosis pilaris is not very well understood. There is a theory which indicates that the condition is associated with overproduction of keratin by the skin, also referred to as hyperkeratinization. Some experts suggest that the condition is genetic in origin and almost 50-70% of all cases of the condition are observed among family members.
Hypersensitivity of the skin resulting in overall dryness is the underlying cause for the condition. Experts suggest that keratosis pilaris is closely associated with allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, eczema, atopic dermatitis and asthma.
Keratosis Pilaris Symptoms
In most cases the condition is not associated with any symptoms, with a typical rash like appearance associated with more than 100 small bumps, affecting a particular part of the skin.
Microscopically the condition is associated with mild thickening of the skin and plugging of the hair follicle. Often the condition is associated with mild inflammation which often gives it a flushed appearance.
Home Remedies For Keratosis Pilaris
Since the condition is completely benign and harmless, no specific treatment is required. However the condition can lead to unsightly appearance of the skin and hence simple home remedies can be used effectively to treat the condition.
- A regular skin care regimen and general measures can help in prompt management of the condition. Using mild soaps and applying skin lubricants like Aloe Vera gel or petroleum jelly are important to avoid dryness of the skin.
- Local application of almond oil or avocado oil is very beneficial. Both these oils are loaded with vitamin E, which is very essential to enhance the growth of collagen in the skin and also moisturizes the skin to prevent hyperkeratosis.
- Local application of vitamin A oil is also useful to help fight hyperkeratosis and also improves the texture and health of the skin cells. Note that the condition is chronic in nature and would require long term therapy to ensure optimum results.