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Bumpy Skin

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  • Inherited Bumpy Skin Cosmetic Medical Clinic - CMC - Sydney

    Inheritance

    The gene carrying Keratosis Pilaris affects roughly 50% of adults and 80% of children.

  • Bumpy Skin Keratosis Pilaris on Different Areas Cosmetic Medical Clinic - CMC - Sydney

    Different places

    Keratosis Pilaris commonly affects the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks.

  • Bumpy Skin due to Keratin Buildup Cosmetic Medical Clinic - CMC - Sydney

    Keratin buildup

    Similarly to acne, keratin builds up which creates a clog and produces a bump. This bump will usually multiply in quantity.

  • Bumpy Skin Condition Cosmetic Medical Clinic - CMC - Sydney

    Contagious?

    The skin condition is not contagious and for most cases it does not cause any physical discomfort.

About Bumpy Skin

Bumpy skin, scientifically referred to as Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition that is very common. The condition itself is harmless, however it tends to change the texture of the skin making it feel much more worn.

General areas affected by Keratosis Pilaris are the upper arms, thighs and buttocks. Bumpy skin can also appear on the face, however it is less common. Usually affecting children, teenagers and young adults, the condition does not cause any pain and more often than not does not expand or get worse. Skin bumps are often light-coloured or have the same tone as the skin surrounding it.

Causes of Bumpy Skin

The primary cause of Keratosis Pilaris is due to buildup of keratin. Keratin is often associated with being a protein that shields the skin from harmful infections and damage. Keratin essentially builds up in the opening of the hair follicle and blocks it, causing the formation of a plug-like effect on the hair follicle.

Those with drier skin are more likely to be susceptible to Keratosis Pilaris, particularly during winter seasons when there is less humidity. The condition seems to recede to a smaller state during warmer and more humid periods.

While not necessarily preventable, bumpy skin can be minimised by undertaking the treatment we offer here at Cosmetic Medical Clinic, Sydney. 

Treatment of Bumpy Skin

Laser treatment will help provide relief and reduce the appearance of bumpy skin. Here at Cosmetic Medical Clinic, we utilise various treatments to improve the condition of the skin for those affected with Keratosis Pilaris. The following are the primary treatments used in rectifying the condition:

CoolView – Delivers both the 532 and 1064 nm wavelength and features a zoom spot-size capability quick, efficient spot sizes adjustments.

Genesis – Specifically designed for Cutera’s signature laser genesis procedure, the Genesis V handpiece delivers gentle micro-pulses that target microvasculature and stimulate collagen remodelling, improving the appearance of wrinkles, diffuse redness and other noticeable signs of aging.

EXELO2 CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing – Creates thousands of microscopic ablative thermal channels in the skin which stimulates the natural healing process.

CO2 Full Ablative – Delivers a laser through a range of narrow wavelengths that are able to target the area to rise the temperature that in turn results in full tissue ablation. 

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