What is the prognosis of keratosis pilaris (KP)?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Overall prognosis is good. Many cases resolve with increasing age. However, others may persist into late adulthood with intermittent exacerbations and remissions.

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is not associated with increased mortality or morbidity. Often, patients are bothered by the cosmetic appearance of their skin and its rough, gooseflesh texture. Obesity has been implicated in a wide spectrum of dermatologic diseases, including keratosis pilaris. [11] Keratosis pilaris is commonly present in otherwise healthy individuals and does not have any known, long-term health implications.


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