It stands for (Ker-uh-TOE-sis-pi-Lairis.) KP,also follicular keratosis, lichen pilaris or chicken skin is a common, condition that has the appearance of rough, red, bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the arm though the forearm can also be affected, and can also occur on the thighs, hands, tops of legs, sides, buttocks, or any body part except the palms or soles of feet. Sometimes the lesions will appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne. If you don’t have this condition, odds are that you know somebody who does.
Keratosis pilaris affects roughly 50% of the world’s population. KP is more common in children and adolescents; 50 to 80% of children have KP. Adults, don’t feel neglected KP affects 4 out of every 10 adults too. Women are also slightly more prone to developing keratosis pilaris. Most people with KP are unaware that not only there is a designated medical term for the condition, but that there are treatments that can help. (Tip #1: Your doctor or nurse can usually diagnose this condition by just looking at your skin. Tests are usually not needed.)
When speaking to Dr. Resnik, he informed me that Keratosis pilaris is hered