What Is Keratosis Pilaris and Its Causes
Keratosis pilaris, also called follicular keratosis, is a disorder characterized by hyperkeratinization of hair follicles of the skin manifesting as rough bumps on the skin. Keratinization is the deposition of keratin (an insoluble protein) in hair and nails. It is a genetic disorder so the cause of keratosis pilaris in children could be an existing disorder from a relative.
According to some literatures, keratosis pilaris in children and adolescents are common accounting for 50 to 80 percent. Several types of keratosis pilaris have been identified. Three most common types are keratosis pilaris rubra (inflamed bumps that appears red), keratosis pilaris alba (bumps with no irritation and redness), and keratosis pilaris rubra faceii (reddish rash that appears on cheeks).
People with this condition experience it all year-round and is exacerbated when the moisture in the air is low particularly in the cold months. It is associated with dryness in the skin. It causes disturbance aesthetically however, it is harmless. Many people consult their dermatologist for this reason. Keratosis Pilaris has often been described as chicken skin, chicken bumps, or goose bumps. They most commonly appear on the outer upper arm, lower arm, and on the back.
Home Remedies and Natural Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris in Kids
Although there are no known cures, its management includes only palliative measures, and surgical intervention is not necessary.Keratosis pilaris home remedies include:
- Moisturizers and skin lubricants. They are helpful in mild to moderate conditions.
- Topical lotion or cream like lactic acid creams and topical retinoids are recommended for moderate to severe cases.
- Mild peeling agents like alpha-hydroxyacids work by removing the excess skin in clogged hair follicles.
- Furthermore, if you see rashes on your children, it is best to consult a dermatologist or a pediatrician for accurate diagnosing.