Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Toronto
Keratosis pilaris (dermatology), also known as chicken skin, is a common skin disorder characterized by rough patches and sandpaper-like bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris (KP) generally doesn't hurt, though it can become inflamed and itchy.
Keratosis pilaris affects approximately 40% of the adult population and about 50% to 80% of children worldwide. It is slightly more common in women than in men.
Causes of Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris is caused by the abnormal build-up of keratin — a hard protein in the skin. The overproduction of keratin clogs the pores and hair follicles, causing tiny hard bumps to form. There are various factors that can contribute to the build-up of keratin including genetic predisposition, hormone imbalances and other skin conditions. Keratosis pilaris often occurs on dry skin and during dry seasons.
Types of Keratosis Pilaris
- keratosis pilaris rubra - red, inflamed bumps, typically on arms, thighs and head.
- keratosis pilaris alba - rough bumps with no irritation.
- keratosis pilaris rubra faceii- reddish bumps on the face, often mistaken for acne, may cause scarring if not treated properly.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatments
In most cases, a keratosis pilaris treatment is not medically necessary, but KP can be treated for cosmetic reasons. Since keratosis pilaris is an inherited condition, it may not be curable, but physical signs can be minimized with appropriate treatment.
The following keratosis pilaris treatments or their combination can effectively smooth away the PK bumps:
Mild peeling creams that contain alpha-hydroxy, salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids or urea preparations are most effective in loosening and removing the dead skin cells, thus opening the plugged hair follicles. The acids in these products may cause redness or irritation on the skin, so they should be used with extreme caution for young children.
Prescription vitamin A creams and retinoids are quite effective in improving the appearance of keratosis pilaris by rejuvenating the skin cells and preventing the blockage of the hair follicles. Though topical ointments they may also cause side effects such as peeling, irritation, severe dryness and redness, and as such are not recommended for young children or those who are pregnant or nursing.
Laser treatments for keratosis pilaris have been used to successfully treat KP with severe redness and inflammation, for hundreds and thousands of patients worldwide. The laser gently delivers a high-intensity light into targeted areas of the skin. For best results, multiple treatments are usually required, depending on the individual's response.
Here at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we understand how you feel about unsightly or troubling keratosis pilaris. Our medical staff will check your skin conditions to ensure the right option is carried out for your specific need. Please call one of our three convenient clinics and schedule a complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.
Our three laser clinics are located inside MCI The Doctor's Office™, the largest group of medical centres in Canada, providing keratosis pilaris treatment for men and women in Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Scarborough, Thornhill, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Markham, Woodbridge, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA.