What are the signs and symptoms of keratosis pilaris (KP)?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: Ally N Alai, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Keratosis pilaris (KP) patients often report a rough texture (gooseflesh appearance) and overall poor cosmetic appearance of their skin. Eruptions are usually asymptomatic, except for occasional pruritus. Many people with keratosis pilaris are unaware the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, keratosis pilaris is often cosmetically displeasing but, medically, is completely harmless. Keratosis pilaris is frequently noted in otherwise healthy, asymptomatic patients visiting dermatologists and other physicians for unrelated skin conditions.

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