What is Hyperkeratosis?
Hyperkeratosis is a common skin condition characterized by the thickening of stratum corneum, the outer layer of the skin, often associated with the excessive keratin accumulation and increasing granular layer.
Often, the thickening is part of the skin’s natural protection against pressure, friction, and other forms of superficial irritation. Common sites for skin thickening include the elbows and knees due to frequent leaning on elbows and kneeling on the knees. The soles and heels are other areas that commonly become thickened from walking barefoot and from ill-fitting shoes. Calluses may also develop on the hands.
In this case, prevention is the best cure. Leaning on elbows and knees should be avoided. Cushioned pads are necessary when kneeling. The sites should not be scrubbed and rubbed. Wearing low-heeled shoes is suggested to uniformly distribute weight on the soles. Shoes that are too tight around the toes and sides of the feet should not be used.
The doctor will decide on what treatment method is best to treat a specific case which will depend on the type, the location, level of severity and the cause of hyperkeratosis. The objective of most treatments is to soften the keratin build up and remove the thickened skin. This may be achieved with the use of topical preparations containing salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, urea and isotretinoin.
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