Dr. Pimple Popper’s Facts About Keratosis Pilaris

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If you’ve got tiny, red, rough bumps on your skin, you’re not alone – keratosis pilaris affects around 80% of teenagers and 40% of adults, said Dr. Pimple Popper (Dr. Sandra Lee) in an interview with Mental Floss.

“It’s one of the most common requests I get from people on social media and my YouTube channel.”

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The common nature of the disease led to her Body Smoothing System,

“KP is such a common condition but there are not many products available over-the-counter that treat it specifically. Many people may not even know that they have keratosis pilaris and think that the bumps are acne or something else—so I really want to spread the word and educate on what this condition is as well as provide products that will help to control it.”

If any of this describes you, then you’ll probably be interested in these 8 facts about the condition:

8. Winter exacerbates the problem.

Your skin naturally dries out in the cooler weather, which can irritate the condition – but too much time in the sun can also have a similar effect.

7. It’s sometimes called “chicken skin.”

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Got into a fight with the hanger on the back of the bathroom door at work. I lost. ?? #clumsy and yes, I realize my arm has little bumps. It’s a skin condition called #KeratosisPilaris.

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The condition is caused by a protein called keratin. It builds up and plugs hair follicles, causing skin that sort of resembles that of a plucked chicken.

6. There’s more than one type.

The most common version is rough, with flesh-colored or red, itchy bumps, but there’s another type that mostly affects teen boys and results in bright red skin.

5. It seems to have a genetic component.

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After my pregnancy I developed Keratosis Polaris on the back of my arms. I was so embarrassed and I didn’t know what it was. I’m convinced my hormones caused an overproduction of keratin but it’s cool… still love you Kendall ?? you are worth it. Unfortunately there is no “cure” but if you find yourself dealing with this there are a few things you can do to help send it on its way ??‍♀️ ✨ warm baths or showers to open up the pores ✨exfoliate the area ✨ over the counter creams that contain AHA’s, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or urea (Eucerin) or ✨ talk to a dermatologist #lovetheskinyourein⚡️#keratosispilaris #girlsthatglow #girlsthatglowknow #whenyouknowbetteryouglowbetter #youglowgirl

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Doctors suspect it’s an autosomal dominant disorder, which means it’s inherited from at least one parent, and is often visible by the time a child is just two.

4. People with asthma are more likely to have KP.

People with dry skin, eczema, hay fever, ichthyosis vulgaris, and asthma are more likely to develop the disease, though Dr. Pimple Popper says there’s no direct correlation.

3. The bumps aren’t always red.

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I’ve had #keratosispilaris my whole life, but didn’t know it had a name until a few years ago. I remember using St. Ives scrub on the back of my arms in high school ? It’s a harmless condition that affects so many of us, yet no one really speaks about it. I’ve noticed mine gets better during the summer (that’s very mild KP on my thigh in the photo). It doesn’t bother me much now, but I might try incorporating an exfoliant in my body care routine, along with the constant struggle of moisturizing my body (everyday!) as it gets colder. What’s your experience with KP? I’d love some product recommendations…

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The fairer your skin, the redder the bumps will likely appear, but they can also be white, pink, brown, or black.

2. It’s most commonly seen on the upper arms.

You might also find it on your thighs, back, butt, or face.

1. If you have KP, there’s no reason for concern.

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Since is #tbt , I did this piece again ? Hope you like it! ?✨This illustration is dedicated to all of you who have Keratosis Pilaris. For those who do not know: this is a condition that develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block the hair follicles and cause the appearance of bumps. Red and white lumps usually appear on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Although very common, this condition often causes insecurity in many people – I myself have some mild keratosis on my butt and it bothers me. Today I know that this condition is just a detail among all the characteristics that make me who I am and the same applies to all of you. Love your whole body, including the red lumps of your skin – they exist because you are human and you are alive???? #keratosispilaris #selfesteem #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bopowarrior #bopo #loveyourbody #loveyourself #selfesteem #selflove #queratosepilar #diversity

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It’s common and harmless, and you shouldn’t let it keep you from living your life the way you want.

You’re not alone!