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Keratosis pilaris Overview

Keratosis pilaris which is also known as follicular keratosis, lichen pilari which is harmless skin genetic condition of the skin’s hair follicles characterized by the appearance of rough, slightly red bumps on light skin and brown bumps on darker skin.. It most often appears on the back, outer sides of the upper arm, face, thighs, and buttocks. Often the lesions will appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

Signs and symptoms

  • Small, hard bumps on skin that may feel like sandpaper.
  • Some itching may be present.
  • Bumps are likely to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture during the colder months.
  • Bumps are more prominent when moisture levels in the air are lower.
  • The symptoms may also become worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.


  • Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess amounts of the skin protein keratin. (Keratin, is the protein that protects skin from infections and other harmful things). It often affects people with certain skin conditions, including eczema.


  • Keratosis pilaris can be diagnosed by physical examination of skin.
  • Dermoscopy was done to confirm the diagnosis and assess were made if a person with Keratosis pilaris is responding to treatment.


  • Keratosis pilaris is harmless but some people seek treatment as the condition can cause emotional distress.
  • Many children and teens get it, and it usually disappears as they get older.
  • Topical creams and lotions are used to treat Keratosis pilaris.
  • Corticosteroid creams can also be used as a treatment for Keratosis pilaris.

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