Keratosis Pilaris

GK Dermatology provides treatment of keratosis pilaris in Weymouth MA.

What is Keratosis Pilaris (“Chicken Skin”)?

Keratosis pilaris (“chicken skin”) is a skin condition characterized by the accumulation of dead skin (keratin) around hair follicles in certain areas of the body, such as the outer upper arms, outer thighs, shoulders, upper back, and buttocks. Patient feels the fine goose-bump-like spots on the affected areas. These bumps have the size of grains of sand and can be skin-colored or slightly red in appearance. They are placed very close to each other and give the skin a rough, sandpaper-like texture.  Keratosis pilaris is very common in children, peaking in adolescence. Most people who develop the condition have also predisposition for eczema and dry skin.

Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris in Weymouth MA 

Many patients seek treatment for cosmetic reasons, since most often keratosis pilaris is not associated with itching or any discomfort. Scratching, wearing tight-fitting clothing, or undergoing treatment with abrasive washes or gritty scrubs may aggravate the condition. Emollients used at least twice daily can lessen the appearance of the condition. Your dermatologist will review additional topical treatment options that may be required depending on the appearance and severity of the condition.

To schedule an appointment regarding treatment of keratosis pilaris in Weymouth MA by GK Dermatology (South Shore MA keratosis pilaris specialists), please request a consultation, or contact us at 781-812-1078.