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The Psychological Effects Of Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that affects many adults, adolescents, and children. The disorder is caused by the buildup of keratin, a protective skin protein. This buildup creates small plugs in your hair follicles, creating small, rough bumps of skin in patches along the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Although keratosis pilaris is not medically concerning, it is visually unattractive and can lead to psychological complications for some patients.

Approximately 50% to 80% of all adolescents are affected by keratosis pilaris, as well as nearly 40% of all adults. Children 10 years old and younger are also more likely to experience this condition as they develop. Furthermore, keratosis pilaris affects a high number of women during pregnancy or after childbirth, and it is especially common among both males and females during puberty. The condition is harmless and not infectious, but may create emotional discomfort.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, major depression is a frequent consequence of chronic skin disorders such as ketosis pilaris and acne. A higher risk of other psychosocial side effects-such as anger, social withdrawal, frustration, and low self-confidence-is also associated with ketosis pilaris. Additionally, two out of five children with a cosmetic skin issue have some form of psychosocial impairment. Research also suggests that individuals with skin disorders have a higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts: a West-African study found that patients with cosmetic skin issues had an increased risk of low self-esteem, depression, and suicide.

If you are suffering from keratosis pilaris or a related skin condition, see your doctor or a dermatologist to discuss potential treatments like using a rich moisturizer daily or installing a humidifier in your home. He or she may also recommend a corticosteroid cream to reduce redness and roughness of your skin. If your symptoms are prompting you to experience effects like psychological distress, you should consider seeing a psychologist or counselor to address your skin-related anxieties as well. To ensure that you receive effective treatment and can experience long-term wellbeing, it is important to address both the physical manifestations of keratosis pilaris as well as the mental-health complications.


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