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Why Treat KP: Dealing with Keratosis Pilaris for Teens

Posted by Bill on

If you know anything at all about keratosis pilaris, you know that it is not a dangerous condition.  The Mayo Clinic describes the signs and symptoms as follows:

  • Small, acne-like bumps
  • Painless, skin-colored bumps that can, at times, be red and inflamed
  • Dry, rough patches
  • In some cases, itchiness

The Mayo Clinic does not consider KP to be a serious medical condition and deems treatment as “not necessary.”

With this being said, you may wonder, “Then what’s the point in treating KP?”  Well, Keratoses Pilaris affects 80% of our youth to some degree.  And while it is far from life-threatening, studies show that cosmetic conditions have a huge effect on people, and youth in particular.  Ted Grossbart, Ph.D., states:

“People with skin problems are at high risk of developing psychological problems… Kids with skin disorders suffer, too. Two out of five of these children have some psychosocial impairment.”

In reality, we are not talking about some major disfiguring disorder.  But, to the teen who deals with KP on a daily basis, perhaps it may as well be.  Afterall, Dr. Grossbart points out that “Americans spend more on their appearance than on social welfare, health, and education combined.”  Because of this and a multitude of other factors, childhood and especially adolescence can be rough.  Teens are already dealing with awkward growth spurts and physical changes due to ever-changing hormones.  When you add in a skin condition that puts a damper on their self-confidence, growing up is all the rougher.  Teens may get teased by their peers for their “chicken skin,” which is never good on the self-esteem.  But even if no one ever comments on their condition, we are all our own worst critic.  And this may prevent your son from going to that pool party this summer or your daughter f rom trying on homecoming dresses with her girlfriends.

So keratosis pilaris, along with most other skin conditions, is rarely just skin deep.  ”Your body image accounts for about one-quarter to one-third of your self-esteem, and your self-esteem is a major influence on your overall psychological health.” says Dr. Grossbart.  KP Elements can help boost the self-esteem of KP sufferers by clearing up your skin and letting you go sleeveless with confidence.  And that boost may just mean the world to you or your teen.


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