Is keratosis pilaris a seasonal condition?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Keratosis pilaris can be worse during times of drier conditions. The cold and dry weather typical of winter can result in worsening of the condition.


Keratosis pilaris may appear at any time and at any age, but the condition can become worse in dry or cold weather. Cold weather breeds dry skin, which in turn seems to irritate keratosis pilaris. For some, the rash disappears in warmer weather and then returns, but it is not necessarily seasonal.

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Keratosis Pilaris

Tiny rough, red bumps on the back, upper arms, thighs or buttocks might be keratosis pilaris, a genetic disorder often mistaken for acne. An excess of the protein Keratin accumulates within the hair follicles, causing the bumps to ...

form. The bumps turn red when they become irritated. Most cases appear in teenagers, but this condition also can appear after pregnancy. Although there is no cure, sufferers say exfoliation, laser treatments and treatments with evening primrose oil can improve appearance.
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