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WHAT? You Have That Rash, Too?
by Maria Huynh, BN Magazine
You have probably seen it all the time—either on your own skin or someone else’s. You probably do not even know that it’s unusual. For those who have it, it is an annoying reminder of the less than perfect nature of their complexion.
What is Keratosis Pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is an inherited, but benign, skin disorder that causes small, hard bumps in the skin. It is the result of build-up of a natural protein called keratin in the skin, which accumulates in the hair follicles in a process known as hyperkeratinization. The keratinized skin encloses the hair follicle and prevents the hair from sprouting. The ingrown hair can be removed, but doing so, may cause scarring.
You can recognize KP almost immediately—the individual has skin that is similar to goose flesh or chicken skin. This condition generally occurs or worsens during puberty. According to a recently article published by Dr. Nili Alai of the University of California, Irvine, KP is a very common condition. KP has been found in 50 to 80 percent in adolescents and approximately 40 percent in adults, both in the United States and internationally. More cases of KP are found in women than men.
Health implications of KP
Sufferers of KP have no long-term health implications. There are only cosmetic, aesthetic consequences of KP, as the bumps are rarely sore or itchy. KP often occurs in otherwise healthy people. KP generally gets worse in winter months when the skin tends be drier.
How can I get rid of KP?
There is no cure for KP. Most treatments only marginally succeed in improving the appearance of the affected skin areas. Rich moisturizers and lotions may help very mild cases of KP. For more serious cases, chemical exfoliation methods may be more helpful, such as Lac-hydrin, Retin A or another tretinoin cream, and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, or urea. Alternatives to prescription drugs can be found in milk baths, which contain lactic acid, an active ingredient in Lac-hydrin. Exposing affected areas to sunlight may work for some individuals. There is no universally effective treatment.
Learn to love your skin
Keratosis Pilaris usually goes away with age. Some individuals have it throughout their lives, often going through periods of time where the condition worsens or improves. KP usually resolves itself without treatment. If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, it’s best to visit your dermatologist to explore your options for self-
The Skin Center Wins Third Consecutive Talk of the Town Award
Laguna Hills, Calif.: For the third straight year The Skin Center has earned high ratings from satisfied patients, winning it the prestigious Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award in the Health & Medical — Dermatologists category.
The Talk of the Town Awards, presented by Talk of the Town News, honor companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service as reported by their customers through no-cost, user-review websites, blogs, social networks, business rating services, and other honors and accolades. This data is analyzed by a team of researchers who calculate a company’s CM Power Rating. Only those that receive a 4-star to 5-star rating receive the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award.
The Skin Center is a full-service, comprehensive dermatology center located in Laguna Hills, Calif. The practice offers general and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and hair removal laser treatments to patients throughout Orange County.
“We are dedicated to providing outstanding medical, surgical and cosmetic services for all our patients in a comfortable and professional environment,” says Nili N. Alai, M.D., F.A.A.D., C.P.C.-D., Medical Director. “We wholeheartedly believe that patient education and informed knowledge are the cornerstones of excellent medical care, and in that light, we routinely provide all patients with extensive literature, brochures and in-office education.”
“Our practice philosophy has always been and still is to treat our patients as we would like ourselves and our families to be treated,” says Dr. Alai. “Our healthcare team is trained to treat all patients the same, and all with respect and empathy. Further, shared decision making and informed consent are the cornerstones of our practice whereby patients choose their own treatment and care.”
Satisfied patients have spoken, leading to a host of awards for The Skin Center, including three consecutive Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Awards. “We feel very fortunate and blessed in having extremely wonderful patients who actively choose us for their care for these very same reasons. We will strive to continue to provide outstanding dermatologic care while providing exceptional customer service.”
About The Skin Center
The Skin Center offers a full spectrum of dermatology healthcare services including renowned centers of excellence that serve as focal points for specialized treatment of acne, skin cancer and many skin conditions. Each of the focus centers maintains state-of-the-art equipment and a professional staff that has attained an unmatched level of expertise.
The Skin Center was founded to provide expert clinical dermatology in Orange County, as well as the latest in cosmetic and laser surgery. Dr. Nili Alai specializes in acne treatment, Mohs Micrographic Surgeries, abnormal mole biopsy, melanoma, photodynamic therapy (Blue Light) treatment, Acne Blue light, and PDT. Dr. Gary Cole specializes in jock itch, genital warts, penis bumps, itching groin, rashes and Allergic Patch Testing. The Skin Center is one of a very few top dermatologists in Orange County that performs 63 types of allergic skin tests. Both Dr. Alai and Dr. Cole specialize in Efudex cream, Narrowband UVB light box phototherapy, UVB Hand Foot phototherapy, an array of psoriasis scalp expert light boxes and NB Ultraviolet phototherapy, scalp itching, PUVA, itchy arm and back, Brachioradial pruritus, and notalgia paraesthetica (NP).
The Skin Center doctors are active in public speaking and have published extensively on the WebMD Health Network. The doctors have also authored numerous articles on subjects related to dermatology for prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals.
The Skin Center is located at 26081 Merit Circle, Suite 109 in Laguna Hills. For more information, call 949-582-SKIN (7699) or go online to www.lagunaskincenter.com. Check out the practice on Facebook at www.
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About the Award and Sponsors
This is the sixth year Talk of the Town News has honored companies for achieving high levels of customer satisfaction with the Talk of the Town Awards. Businesses eligible to receive the award include, but are not limited to, beauty salons, spas, restaurants, bakeries, dentists, auto repair facilities, veterinarians, home repair and improvement contractors, florists, hospitals, and physicians.
For more information about the award or its sponsor, please contact Talk of the Town News at 877-498-6405 or go online to www.talkofthetownnews.com.
Dr. Alai was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Southern California. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by MSP Communications, the results were published in Southern California Super Doctors®, a special advertising section in the January 2016 issue of Los Angeles magazine.
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