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What is keratosis follicularis? Stop confusing it with atopic dermatitis!

What is happening to me? I've been having rougher and drier skin than normal for a few weeks when, in truth, my skin is combination! I know that there are many factors that can affect the condition of your skin, but in this case, I don't understand it... I thought it would be atopic dermatitis but, when I asked my dermatologist, he diagnosed me with keratosis pilaris. So I've started researching about it!


What is keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (commonly known as keratosis follicularis ) is a non-contagious skin disorder caused by the overproduction of keratin . Keratin is a protein rich in sulfur that is mainly constituted in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin ) . That is why, although keratosis pilaris is often confused with " goosebumps " or atopic dermatitis , this is the consequence of excessive keratin production only. (I'm telling you so it doesn't happen to you like it did to me...)


What are the symptoms of keratosis follicularis?

In this way, the hair follicles are clogged and small painless lumps are formed , causing the skin to thicken . In addition, keratosis follicularis can also cause dry, rough, raised patches on the affected area and red, pink, or brown pimples , especially on the upper arms , thighs , cheeks , and buttocks . Thus, this disorder is considered a common variant of the skin , because, in principle, it does not usually cause pain or itching, although it does leave the skin dry and rough .


When does keratosis pilaris appear?

Although it can appear at any time, keratosis pilaris is more common in children and usually disappears around the age of 30 (although it can extend over time) due to a genetic condition .

On the other hand, the symptoms of keratosis follicularis tend to worsen in the most humid seasons , so in the summer months this skin disorder usually improves a lot.



Treatment for keratosis pilaris

Keratosis follicularis cannot be cured or prevented . Also, although keratosis pilaris is not dangerous or painful , you can consult your dermatologist if you are concerned about the condition of your skin . So, you can treat it with moisturizing creams to improve the appearance of the skin and relieve symptoms .

On the other hand, keep in mind that you should avoid cosmetics that dry out the skin , as well as aggressive soaps and strong scrubs. If you want to try taking care of your skin , the time you treat keratosis follicularis , try our Exfoliating Facial Cleanserfor theface and Body Scrub for the body.


Did you know about this skin condition or did you also confuse keratosis pilaris , goosebumps and atopic dermatitis ? If you want to know more about it so you don't have doubts again, keep reading everything I know about it!

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