Have you ever looked at your arms, legs, or other body parts and noticed those persistent tiny red points, even after the use of ointments, creams and home remedies? If that looks familiar to you, then you probably have keratosis pilaris, a genetic condition that affects one third of the world population. This hereditary skin condition is not harmful and has a 50% chance to exist if the parents have the condition. Young and lighter women have a higher chance to increase these “balls”. The keratosis pilaris is harmless and does not affect the health anyway, just being an aesthetic condition.
There is no cure, and it is caused by keratin accumulation in the outer layer of the skin. Keratin is a useful protein which protects the skin against infections and other harmful agents, but the excess of it can be harmful, covering the opening of the hair follicle, resulting in the growth of skin pores. Researchers still do not know which results in protein accumulation, but having dry skin increases the chance of having the condition.
The probabilities of having keratosis pilaris increases during the winter months, when the skin is exposed to lower moisture in the air. According to the British Association of Dermatology, there are some ways to reduce some of the symptoms of keratosis, such as using salicylic or lactic cream, mild soap, bathing with warm water and moisten the skin regularly. The alcohol consumption also increases the chances of having this strange condition.