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Keratosis pilaris in children

Keratosis pilaris in children

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Keratosis pilaris is a topic that warms up foreign forums red. In our domestic yard does not arouse so much emotion. It's hard to say 100% why. Perhaps the reason are problems with the diagnosis of lesions and erroneous reading of keratosis of the follicles in children as signs of allergy, protein flaw or atopic dermatitis. Some mothers are convinced that they have a problem with food allergies, use an elimination diet, look for reasons, sometimes give up breastfeeding when there are few products on the menu. Meanwhile, a visit to a good dermatologist allows you to quickly diagnose follicular keratosis and learn to deal with skin changes.

Excessive pilar keratosis in children

Excessive follicular keratosis in children is a skin defect that may be hereditary. It can also be called by vitamin A deficiency Latin keratosis pilaris, keratosis follicularis revealed excessive keratosis of the hair follicles with goose bumps.

It starts on the face

Excessive pilar keratosis begins in children often on the face (in infancy), or rather parts of it: cheeks. The skin overlaps here red pimples, which sometimes group together look a bit like red goose bumps. The skin has a touch rough as a grater. After a few days the skin is peeling, the changes disappearthat they will appear again after some time. He often accompanies them facial redness giving the impression of changing light cheeks for "browned". The change in color indicates the inflammation of the hair follicles.

Skin changes they do not hurt, do not itch, they are not accompanied by other symptoms. The skin condition improves in summer and worsens in winter.
In the next stage, pilar keratosis can "pass" to the limbs. It passes either after a few months (in infants) or only during puberty (when changes appear at the age of several years).

Actinic keratosis treatment

Many changes on the face of children disappear after the age of six. Generally, red pimples do not need to be treated, but if we want to improve the appearance of the skin, we can try:

  • moisturizing the skin (several times a day) especially with creams and pharmacy ointments with vitamin A,
  • general therapy (oral medications) - vitamin A and C supplementation,
  • using emollients for baths,
  • use of urea creams,
  • use of aloe and shea butter creams,
  • classic Linomag cream can be helpful,
  • some dermatologists also recommend using zinc ointments,
  • solar therapy is also recommended in combination with the application of a sunscreen cream with at least 50 SPF.

Better to avoid ointments with steroids, which will not help after keratosis, but can only harm. In addition, they can have a negative effect on the skin condition cosmetics with paraffinwhich clogs the pores and increases the risk of skin lesions. It's good to limit the amount of cosmetics to a minimum and study cosmetics labels carefully. In addition, mechanical abrasion changes should be avoided, which can lead to scarring. The good news is that follicular keratosis may pass after a few months or years, certainly over time by learning proper skin care, it is easier to cope with the changes.


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