Most people first notice symptoms as children or teenagers. KP may appear anywhere on the body that has hair follicles. The most common sites for KP include:
- upper arms
KP bumps often have a visible white "head." But unlike acne and some other skin bumps, the clogged pore is not due to an infection or bacteria. KP bumps occur when keratin, a protective skin protein, builds up and clogs hair follicles.
A buildup of keratin is the immediate cause of KP. However, researchers are unsure why some people develop this excess keratin, and others do not. People with dry skin, eczema, and skin allergies are more likely to develop KP than others.
During the winter months, when skin tends to be drier, people prone to KP may have more outbreaks. Dry, cold climates can also make KP worse.
KP also appears to have a genetic component. Research suggests the tendency to develop KP is a genetically dominant trait, which means that people who have one parent with KP are likely to develop the condition themselves.
Rest assure that KP is not linked to any serious health concerns. KP bumps do not become cancerous. They are not contagious, and they do not typically become infected.
Left untreated, however, the bumps do tend to get worse and harder to deal with over time.
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