Most people do not know keratosis pilaris by its scientific name, but the fact is that half of the people on earth are affected by this common skin condition. Keratosis pilaris is more likely known as “chicken skin,” due to the bumpy, rough texture it gives to the skin. Often, the condition is immediately noticeable, and can lead to embarrassment and decreased confidence. With individual hair follicles becoming inflamed, pinpoint brown or red dots may develop in large patches of skin on the arms and things, or even on the back, buttocks, or cheeks.
Up to 80 percent of children and teens are affected by this skin condition, which may improve slightly during the summer months. Similar to acne, keratosis pilaris seems to be linked to hormones, as it is commonly seen in adolescents going through the changes of puberty. Adults, too, can develop keratosis pilaris, with four in ten currently affected. Linked to genetics, you may find that, if one family member has had the condition, various others have as well.
Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and does not adversely affect health. Most of the time, affected skin does not hurt, nor does it normally become itchy. The problem with this skin condition is not about physical comfort, but emotional well-being. Although KP is a common condition, with half of the population affected, many people do not realize that the state of their skin actually has a scientific name, and that there are even treatments available to get rid of the chicken skin appearance.
U.S. Dermatology Partners Plano, formerly the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery, has solutions for the skin conditions that commonly appear in both children and adults. Our practitioners are extensively trained in the various factors that may affect the skin, and provide precise care with a personalized approach. Our dermatology offices in Plano, Flower Mound, and McKinney are equipped with various treatment procedures and products that are capable of smoothing the skin and delivering vital nutrients for a healthy, supple texture.
Contact our office today for your appointment with one of our highly skilled dermatology specialists.