Understanding Bumpy “Chicken” Skin—Keratosis Pilaris

“Bumpy arms”, “chicken skin” or “goosebumps that never go away” are common phrases we hear when patients come to us with keratosis pilaris or “KP”.

KP is a benign condition of the skin that commonly occurs on the backs of the upper arms and also on the thighs or buttocks. Sometimes, younger patients may even display KP on their cheeks. The bumpy texture of the skin is caused by dead skin plugging a hair follicle. Many times it is asymptomatic; however, sometimes patients will report itching or sensitivity on the skin.

Most commonly KP is seen in patients in their teenage years or young infants under the age of two. Some causes of KP include having close family members with the condition, dry skin, eczema, and obesity.

While KP is not a harmful condition, many patients are concerned by the appearance of their skin. Treatments for KP include prescription moisturizers containing Urea, Lactic Acid or other exfoliators to help improve the appearance and texture of the bumpy skin by removing excess dead skin cells. In a few cases, a laser may be utilized to further treat this condition.

KP is not contagious and for many people it may even resolve spontaneously. To schedule an appointment to discuss your skin, call our office at (952) 929-8888.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina and Downtown Minneapolis locations.

Treating Hyperhidrosis or Excess Sweating

Have you ever sweat through your shirt the day of a big presentation? Been embarrassed during a handshake because of your clammy hands? Finished a day with damp, smelly socks? Chances are if you’ve nodded your head along with reading any of those questions you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis or excess sweating.

Many medical conditions such as gout, diabetes or menopause can cause excess sweating; however, the condition may also happen spontaneously. Hyperhidrosis affects both men and women of all ages and races.

So, what to do if you have been suffering from the embarrassment of hyperhidrosis? There are numerous treatment options available, all of which can be safely prescribed by your dermatology provider after the diagnosis of hyperhidrosis. Some common treatments include antiperspirant medications, miraDry® which uses electric current to shut down the treated sweat glands, BOTOX® which blocks the chemical signaling in the body to produce sweat, and oral medications which prevent the sweat glands from over-producing oil.

To schedule an appointment to discuss excessive sweating, call (952) 929-8888.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina and Downtown Minneapolis locations.

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