Is Keratosis Pilaris Hereditary And Will It Go Away With Age?

Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition in which the skin produces an excess amount of keratin, forming a rough keratin plug over hair follicles. This means that because it is a build-up of protein Keratosis Pilaris is not contagious and therefore can’t be spread from person to person. That being said there are hereditary links meaning that if your parents have the condition, then you may develop it, or if you’re a parent yourself then there is a possibility that your children may suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (although maybe call it chicken skin to them – it sounds less scary).

Is Keratosis Pilaris Genetic?

Although not entirely clear as to the actual genetic processes happening, the scientific community have noted family trends that suggest that Keratosis Pilaris follows an autosomal dominant pattern. What this means is that there is a 50% chance that each child of an affected parent will inherit the condition, shown in the diagram below.

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Will Keratosis Pilaris go away with age?

Around 40% of the UK adult population suffer with Keratosis Pilaris, whilst in teenagers this percentage is much greater at 50-70%. This means that, in some instance yes, Keratosis Pilaris will go away with age. That being said this isn’t the case for everyone and the possibility of ‘growing out of’ KP shouldn’t take away from the fact that for teenagers living with this condition it will still impact their self-confidence in an already difficult time in their lives.


Can Keratosis Pilaris Be Cured?

For those who have Keratosis Pilaris that doesn’t disappear with age, a common question is whether Keratosis Pilaris can be cured – an understandable query if it’s going to be a lifelong skin concern. The unfortunate answer is no.

On the bright side Keratosis Pilaris can be treated with the right skincare routine, which is where AMELIORATE fits in.

To learn more how Keratosis Pilaris can be treated visit our information page ‘Keratosis Pilaris – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

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