Common keratosis pilaris locations

Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that varies in intensity and severity for a number of reasons, many of which still not yet known to the established medical community. While into most people it remains somewhat mild to irritating, there are a few cases of severe keratosis pilaris (You can find pictures of these cases by searching online).

The majority of people with kp will find it causes little red bumps and mild skin irritation of a few of the most typical places on the body. While keratosis pilaris is normally confined to a few spots on the body, it can actually manifest anywhere on the body, with the exceptions of the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet. Following you'll; find examples of a few of the more common areas on the body where keratosis pilaris is likely to show up.

The Upper Arms and Shoulders

keratosis pilaris arms

Most people who experience keratosis pilaris symptoms will complain of small chicken skin like bumps accompanied by redness on their upper arms and shoulders. TRhis is one of the most frequent locations for signs and symptoms of keratosis pilaris to occur.

While there are many home remedies out there for this form of kp, as you'll soon see with kp on any area of the skin, the only real treatment for keratosis pilaris is a lifestyle change that consists of many different things, all working in unison to treat your kp.

The Thighs

keratosis pilaris legs


The thighs and upper legs are yet another typical area for kp bumps to occur. These bumps are accompanied by the red, irritated skin and are normally of the same size and color as the bumps on the upper arms.

Keratosis Pilaris on the chest

keratosis pilaris chest

Over the past ten to fifteen years there has been an increase in the amounts of cases of patients with keratosis pilaris on their chest (and breasts). No one is quite sure why this number has gone up so much in the past few years, but a popular guess is that with knowledge about keratosis pilaris increasing, more people are being properly diagnosed with kp and not having their condition mistaken for acne or other skin disorders.

While there are a lot of mild cases of kp on the chest, for some reason keratosis pilaris on the chest tends to vary it it's severity more then the more common kp areas (like the arms, legs and shoulders). There are many treatment options for this condition, most notably proper diet and exercise, medicated lotions and over the counter treatments. As always, consult your doctor before starting any treatment routine.

The back and buttocks

keratosis pilaris buttocks


Less common then the above locations, many patients do still complain of having kp on either their back, buttocks, or both. This can actually be quite severe in some cases, if the affected area of the skin is especially irritated it could cause problems for the patient simply sitting down.

If you have keratosis pilaris on either of these locations any experience any reoccurring pain, you should consult your doctor to discuss treatment options as soon as possible.

Keratosis Pilaris on the Face


keratosis pilaris face

Although technically not any more severe then the above types of keratosis pilaris, kp on the face may well seem so to someone that has it. Facial keratosis pilaris is arguably much more difficult to deal with for the simple reason that you can't easily hide facial kp, like you can with others body parts by simply covering them up with some long sleeves or pants.

Treatments seem to be much more pursued by people that have kp on their face for the same reason, a recent study showed that as much as 70% of the people that purchase keratosis pilaris medications, lotions and other treatments have facial keratosis pilaris.


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