In name, keratosis pilaris sounds pretty serious, so if your doctor tells you that you might have it, at first, it can be a little scary. The good news is that keratosis pilaris, or KP is scary in name only. Keratosis Pilaris is a common, but harmless, skin condition that is often misdiagnosed as acne or other skin issues. When we say common, we really mean common.
According to some estimates, some 40-50% of the adult population might have KP, and that is even higher in teens at around 50-80%. Most people have such mild cases they don’t notice it, while others are plagued by the condition. Cause of Keratosis Pilaris As far as what causes Keratosis Pilaris, doctors know what is behind the condition, but not what is behind who gets it. Keratosis Pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin in the skin. Keratin is a protein that protects the skin from infections and other things that might cause it harm. The buildup of the keratin, with an individual who has Keratosis Pilaris, causes a plug that blocks the opening of a hair follicle. We do know that people with dry skin are more likely to have Keratosis Pilaris, and as a result, the condition is usually experienced by more people in the winter months, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air. Keratosis Pilaris also often affects people who also have other skin conditions, such as eczema.
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