Have you noticed some red bumps on your body? If so, it is possible you have inherited an extremely common skin condition called KP or keratosis pilaris. This skin disease may occur in any part of the body including your arms, back, and the most common one, keratosis pilaris on the chest. It is not a dangerous disease but it is unbelievably common. About half of the world’s population has it and it is found mostly in teenagers and women. Keratosis pilaris on the chest and on any part of the body tends to just fade away as the person grows older, but there are still some KP sufferers who don’t get lucky and endure the bumps for the rest of their lives.
This skin condition commonly appears at the back of the upper arms or your triceps. Because KP occurs in this hidden area, the bumps go usually unnoticed and that person may never realize he has it especially if the bumps don’t typically spread to neighboring areas. However, some KP sufferers have keratosis pilaris on the chest, lower and upper arms, back, thighs, buttocks, calves, and face, basically, anywhere where hair can develop. It is believed that KP is hereditary.
This skin condition is characterized with the appearance of small and reddish bumps found on any part of your skin’s body. It is believed to be caused by over production of a certain protein named keratin, which has built up and eventually block the pores. This blocking and clogging of the pores makes the pores raise and go red, and sometimes, an ingrown follicle of hair appears in each bump. You might pop the bumps on your skin and be able to remove the keratin, however, it won’t do any good and may just leave a scar on the popped area so it is not recommended that you do this.
If you consider your skin condition as a problem, you have to be aware of the fact that keratosis pilaris on the chest and on all parts of the body has no one cure or treatment. Treating KP is all for the aesthetic look of the skin for most KP sufferers. There are now methods and tips made to help KP sufferers get over their frustration and make their affected skin look even a little bit clearer. Many skin professionals or dermatologists recommend that gently exfoliating the affected skin with a loofah and milk bath may work. An antibacterial soap with gentle ingredients (not harsh chemicals) will also work in the exfoliation process. Bacteria is not the major cause of keratosis pilaris but antibacterial soaps can prevent further complications and other undesirable symptoms.
Inflammation may happen to your bumps and that’s why eating foods that are rich in zinc like whole grains and nuts are recommended to lessen the inflammation. Drinking enough amounts of water every day, having a balanced diet with ample amounts of green and leafy vegetables, having a good night’s sleep, and carefully pampering the whole skin, especially the affected area, will help a lot in the overall management of this skin disease.