The Truth Behind Your Bumps- Keratosis Pilaris

Over the cold winter did you notice bumps on your skin? Perhaps on the back of your thighs or arms? Most of us chalk this up to dry, irritated skin, but what happens when the weather warms and the bumps don’t go away?
You could have a case of Keratosis Pilaris. Keratosis Pilaris, also known as ‘Chicken Skin’, is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.  The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore ultimately causing bumps. The appearance of Keratosis Pilaris differs from case to case varying from almost clear hard bumps to red and inflamed bumps. However, as frustrating as they can be, these bumps cause no irritation or itching and are equivalent to the size of a grain of sand. This condition is most common in children and usually goes away on its own by the age of 30, but all races, sexes and ages can be affected.
The appearance or feel of these bumps may worsen in drier months when humidity is low, resulting in the association to dry skin. Also allergies, extreme temperatures and hormones can result in more noticeable symptoms. Luckily there is no medical danger associated with Keratosis Pilaris, but there is no specific treatment either.
While there may not be any harm associated with Keratosis Pilaris, we understand they can be unsightly and down right annoying. Many patients have had great success with the GermainRX Smooth Regimen containing Body Wash, Clearing Spray and Body Lotion. This trio of Glycolic body products was created to effectively treat unwanted bumps and improve general skin texture. The specially formulated clearing spray accelerates the removal of dead skin cells that can interfere with the proper disposal of oil from the skin- an important aid in treating Keratosis Pilaris. Eliminating dairy & gluten as well as limiting sun exposure can also help with outbreaks.
For more severe cases, including those on the face, we suggest visiting a skin care specialist for a treatment right for you.

Got Bumps on the Back of Your Arms?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a slight increase in the number of patients walking through our doors with reddish to brownish bumps on their backs, arms, shoulders and chest. At first glance it may look like an acne-like outbreak on areas other than the face, but a closer look identifies the real culprit, Keratosis pilaris.
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There are actually a few different forms of Keratosis, and generally speaking, it’s a fairly common affliction particularly among those living in areas with consistently strong sun. If you or your spouse notices the unusual bumps, first try to moisturize the area every morning and night. If your regular lotion isn’t helping, we have a wide array of Germain Rx medicated lotions that will likely do the trick…just give us a call to set up a consultation and we’ll help you find exactly what you need.
In some rare cases, one form of Keratosis can be dangerous and precancerous. If moisturizing for a few days doesn’t solve the problem, be sure to set up an appointment at 843-881-4440 so we can diagnose the situation early and set up a treatment plan. The treatment is non-invasive and effective, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if you sense you need our help!



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