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Are there any complications from keratosis pilaris?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Keratosis pilaris is unlikely to cause any complications. This skin condition occurs when hair follicles (openings in the skin through which hairs grow) become plugged with protein called keratin. Keratosis pilaris produces rough bumps on the skin, which may become inflamed, too. Beyond affecting your appearance, though, keratosis pilaris is usually harmless. In many cases, this condition fades away on its own over time.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
The direct impacts of keratosis pilaris are not serious, and there are ultimately no long-term complications associated with the condition.


Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that poses no long-term threats to the body. While some people find its appearance unattractive, the condition is relatively harmless. Keratosis pilaris can sometimes leave small scars on the face, and it can be itching and irritating at times.

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