Keratosis pilaris - Definition

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Keratosis is also called keratoderma, skin damage due to a thickening of the superficial part of the skin, the epidermis. Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin disease manifested by dryness of the skin and small bumps on the skin centered on a hair. It affects the arms more often, but sometimes the thighs, buttocks, and occasionally the face. While keratosis pilaris is not harmful to health, it can be unsightly. It mainly affects women. It appears from the pre-teen years. Keratosis pilaris is due to the blockage of skin pores. Skin hydration can limit keratosis pilaris.