With most of the country in the midst of a heat wave, men and women are baring more skin. Sleeveless tops are meant to make you feel cool — not embarrassed about the bumpy “chicken-skin” on the back of your arms. This common disorder is a condition referred to as keratosis pilaris (KP). The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 20-40% of all adults are affected by KP.
- What causes KP: KP is caused when keratin (a skin protein), blocks the hair follicle and forms hard plugs. It is an autosomal dominant genetic trait with variable penetrance. This essentially means that most likely, someone else in your family also has KP. Continue reading