Who's affected

Keratosis pilaris is very common,affecting up to one inthree people in the UK.

It can affect people of all ages, but it's particularly commonin:

  • children and adolescents
  • females
  • people with eczema or a condition called ichthyosis
  • people of Celtic origin

The conditiontypically startsduring childhood, although itcan sometimes occur in babies, and gets worse in adolescence, around puberty .

Keratosis pilaris sometimes improves after puberty, and may even disappear in adulthood, althoughmany adults still have theconditionin their 40s and 50s. It's uncommon in elderly people.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018