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Keratosis Pilaris Condition

Updated on January 21, 2010

Keratosis Pilaris on Skin

This image displays tiny, scaly elevations of the skin around the hair follicle typical of keratosis pilaris.
This image displays tiny, scaly elevations of the skin around the hair follicle typical of keratosis pilaris.

Living with Keratosis Pilaris

A Bumpy Situation

I had been living with this condition for over 30 years and never knew it’s scientific name. In fact, not even knowing or understanding that it was an official skin condition. It’s called Keratosis Pilaris but its common name is “chicken skin.”

I had noticed these fine raised reddish to just darker than skin-tone bumps for ages without ever breaking a sweat about them. Just lived with them until one day I went on the internet to see what treatment, if any, were available.

What I found out was interesting. According to the website Keratosis Pilaris Help, www.helpforkp.com , “Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin disorder typified by "chicken skin" or bumpiness on the surface of the skin. 'Keratosis' means that there is too much keratin – which makes up the tough horny outer layer of the skin: 'pilaris' comes from the Latin word for hair (pilus). In keratosis pilaris, many small (1 to 2 mm. across) horny plugs can be seen blocking the hair follicles on the upper and outer parts of the arms and thighs.” I also found out that it was a very common but harmless skin condition! What a relief!

The site also states: “Keratosis pilaris is an inherited skin condition, running strongly in many families, sometimes with a generally dry skin (ichthyosis). The way it is inherited varies from family to family, but often fits into an 'autosomal dominant' pattern – which means that there will be a 1 in 2 chance that each child of an affected parent will inherit the condition.”

How Do You Treat It?

There are several means in which you can bring it under “control” but from what I’ve read and researched it is not curable. My dermatologist prescribed me a lotion that I’ve been using since the middle of July, 2009, called Lac Hydron V Lotion. He did indicate on the script that it was Over the Counter (OTC) but in my case the pharmacist ordered it. I did discover that you can what I’m using “Ammonium Lactate Lotion 12%C-P, Fliptop - 225 GM by AmLactin for about $6.16. However, you can find similar lotions reaching as high as $43.00 on Amazon.com.

Initially, upon reading about treatment of this condition, exfoliation was another key factor in alleviating this condition. Therefore, you may want to purchase an item like

You can also find on Amazon an Exfoliating kit called “Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit 3 piece by Glytone.”

There is another Exfoliating item in a Soap Bar form called “ZIRH Body Bar” it’s an alpha hydroxyl bar made by Zirh.

What Are My Results?

I must warn you that you must be consistent and follow the directions given by the dermatologist or the manufacturer of the product you have chosen to use.

I was instructed to apply the lotion twice a day, which I faithfully do. I will usually apply in the evening, after bathing and apply in the morning before going to work. If I do miss an application, I make sure to wash the area and apply the lotion. When bathing or washing the affected areas I use an Exfoliating Pouf , I use a natural fiber one.

I have noticed that my affected areas, on my upper arms and faintly on the back of my shoulders. There is a concentrated area on both upper arms that seem to be more difficult to get rid of but I am pleasantly pleased at the “clear” areas of skin that I’m seeing!

My Overall Feelings About This Condition?

I’m first thankful that it is not contagious but most of all not life-threatening. A nuisance perhaps but the doc gave my a prescription for 6 bottles and each contain 12.8 ounces and I use a very generous amount and am not past 1/3 of the bottle!

I hope this Hubblog has been informative and will encourage other KP sufferers to take action in relieving this containable condition and go to the various websites to become more knowledgeable on how to maintain glowing, healthy skin!

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    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings Liz,

      I had it for over 45 years and had no idea what is was! So glad I could share the information. I'm still using the lotion and it does work and my case has improved.

    • Liz Woodward profile image

      Liz Woodward 

      6 years ago from Chicago, Il

      Great Hub! I have been suffering from this since I was in high school and didn't know what it was until I saw a magazine ad for lotion that was supposed to help with the issue. Thanks for the tips!

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      8 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings Kara --

      Thanks so much for your comment. I will be checking out your link. Best wishes for this year!

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      Kara 

      8 years ago

      I found a great website devoted to the management of dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris called littleredbumps.com. Check it out. It has great coupons and free music downloads.

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