Category:Caring for Follicular Hyperkeratosis

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Follicular Hyperkeratosis (FHK) is caused by keratin buildup around the hair follicles, which creates bumps on the skin. These bumps usually form around friction sites on the skin (the waist, hips, knees, and elbows. These symptoms are more common in children and usually lessen in the adolescent and adult years.


Petroleum Jelly

From Vaseline Website: "Petroleum Jelly is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes that, when blended together, create something remarkable - a smooth jelly that has a melting point just above body temperature. The result - it literally melts into skin, flowing into the spaces between cells and the gaps in our lipid barrier. Once there, it re-solidifies, locking itself in place.

Petroleum Jelly serves two functions: First it helps keep the outside world out - it protects skin from the effects of weather and exposure. Second, it acts like a sealant to help keep the inside world in - it forms an occlusive barrier to the natural water loss of our skin. So skin that is dry and chapped is protected from drying elements, enabling skin-softening moisture to build up naturally from inside the skin itself."

Patient comments

K6a patient "In winter, I put lotion or Vaseline on body. Urea and Lachydrin burn and do not work. Some perfumed body lotions burn also. I usually use suave or generic brands without perfumes. Tight jeans or corduroy irritate the bumps. She usually wears knit pants (cotton)."

??? patient "I have bumps on elbows, knees, buttocks. I put Vaseline on elbows and wrap a bandage around them for a few days until they are soft and enough to "twing right off". On knees, use a good moisturizer as often as possible. On buttocks use moisturizer as often as possible, usually before bed to let it breath without anything on it besides the moisturizer. No more bumps on knees and elbows now, but still moisturizes them to prevent bumps from coming back. Helps the buttocks too. It can take a while for progress but will go away if keep working at it."

K17 patient "Creamy Petroleum Jelly on arms and legs"

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