Keratosis is caused from a build-up of keratin. Keratin is a protein that helps protect the skin and the build-up of keratin can create clusters of red or white bumps. Doctors don’t know why keratosis affects some people and not others, but there seems to be a genetic factor. Keratosis is a common skin condition that usually occurs on the upper arms but can also occur on the cheeks, buttocks, and other areas.
Keratosis is usually painless. If pain accompanies the bump, chances are that it is not caused by keratosis. Keratosis bumps can cause the skin to be itchy or dry, as well as rough or discolored. It is a harmless condition, but there are treatments that can reduce the appearance of keratosis.
Dry skin is much more likely to display keratosis. Many people report that the affects of their keratosis fade in the summer and return in the winter, when the air is drier. The regular use of moisturizers can help reduce keratosis. Exfoliating can help get rid of dead skin cells and aid the skin in getting rid of excess keratin. Your dermatologist may prescribe medicated creams or laser treatment for more severe cases of keratosis.
Though keratosis is largely harmless, it can cause problems with confidence in your skin and appearance. Though there is no cure for keratosis, there are many treatments that can help reduce its appearance. If you think that you may have keratosis, or are concerned about other issues with your skin, contact us at Allen-Taintor Dermatology today!