Have you ever wondered why you have those annoying red spots on your arms? You know the ones I mean. The ones which look like permanent goose pimples.
The rash appears to be dozens of tiny red bumps packed close together, and it’s often referred to as ‘chicken skin’.
Well, the official name for it is keratosis pilaris. But you have no need to worry, it’s not as serious as it sounds.
It’s actually pretty common and it’s typically harmless, so there’s no need to visit your doctor about it unless it’s causing you concern.
The condition mainly affects the back of the upper arms, and it can sometimes show up on your backside and the front of your thighs.
There are also very rare variants of keratosis pilaris which can affect the eyebrows, face and even your scalp, and in some rare cases, your the entire body.
If you’re wondering how you ended up with it, you can blame your parents.
It’s an inherited condition and it usually runs in the family. If one of your parents have it, there’s a 1 in 2 chance that any kids they have will also end up with it.
But what causes it?
According to medical experts, keratosis pilaris occurs when too much keratin builds up in the skin’s hair follicles.
Keratin is a protein which is commonly found in the tough outer layer of skin, which causes the surface of the skin to thicken.
The excess keratin blocks any hair follicles with plugs of hard, rough skin which in turn widen the pores. This is what gives your skin a spotty appearance.
Usually, it’s worse during winter, or when it’s dry. But thankfully it usually improves in the summer.
Keratosis pilaris isn’t contagious and typically improves as you get older. In some cases, it can disappear altogether when you reach adulthood (around the age of 25).
There’s no cure for it, there are some things you can do to combat it.
You may be able to improve the rash by using soap-free cleansers.
Most people don’t know that soap can dry out your skin, which makes the condition worse.
It also helps to keep the skin moisturized and exfoliate regularly to gently remove any dead skin cells.
Do you have this condition?
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