Hyperkeratosis is a thickening of the skin. It is due to excessive accumulation of keratin in the outer layers of the skin. The majority of hyperkeratotic conditions are painless but can be unsightly and interfere with the soft, smooth skin you wish you had.Â Although hyperkeratosis may occur anywhere on the skin, there are several areas that are commonly involved:
- Elbows, knees and the soles of the feet.
- Back of the arms – Keratosis pilaris is a type of hyperkeratosis that generally affects the back of the arms, the front of the thighs and inside the knees with the formation of small red, rough bumps.
- Ichthyosis is an inherited form of hyperkeratosis in which there is dry and scaly skin that resembles the scales of a fish.
A Dermatologist can diagnose hyperkeratosis by examining your skin. There are various treatments that a Dermatologist may recommend to help you uncover softer, smoother skin.