Red Spots on Skin from Keratosis Pilaris

Red Spots on Skin from Keratosis Pilaris

Because the most common cause of red spots on skin is Keratosis Pilaris, or KP, as it’s often referred to, we will dedicate this page to it.

Keratosis Pilaris (KP), also known as Follicular Keratosis, causes red spots on skin through dry patches that resemble acne.

It causes clusters of small dry bumps that are reddish or light brown in color, and tend to form around hair follicles. Red spots on skin from Keratosis Pilaris (KP) are not painful, and usually do not itch.

Most often the bumps form on the back of the upper arms, on top of the triceps, but can also form on the legs, hands, buttocks, and even the face where it’s commonly mistaken for acne.

Red Spots on Skin from Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

There are a few different types of Keratosis Pilaris (KP) which include Keratosis Pilaris (KP) Faceii (rash on face), Alba (it’s course with bumps but doesn’t have much red or tan coloration), and Rubra (the most common, and most dominantly on the back of the arms).

Red spots on skin from Keratosis Pilaris (KP), is commonly confused for acne so most people don’t know they have this condition.

Red spots on skin from Keratosis Pilaris (KP), is caused by a protein known as Keratin. This protein is white and can sometimes be seen through the affected area.

It collects around hair follicles and hardens, cutting off the top of the follicle, not allowing a new hair to surface.

Because of this effect, someone with Keratosis Pilaris (KP) will often find a circular hair under the bumps when they pop them, or push the core out.

Red Spots on Skin Treatment

The most popular and recommended treatment is lubricating and moisturizing the affected area. There are a number of creams available for treatment, but very few that are completely natural.

We recommend all natural products because they are proven to be most safe, and don’t have the long term risks that are associated with many of the creams available today.