Ichthyosis vulgaris is a skin condition that appears as polygon shaped dry patches of skin, thickened skin or cales that can vary in color from white, brown, tan or gray. This skin is typically very dry and cause itchy sensations as well.
The condition can feel worse in the winter, when the cold dry air causes the skin to contract and cause more itchiness. The most common places for this condition to reveal itself is on the elbows, lower legs shins and knees. In larger parts of the body the condition reveals itself in thick patches. In serious conditions the patches may present himself on the hands and feet and create long cracks that may bleed.
What causes ichthyosis vulgaris?
This condition may be present in the individual when they are very young but often vanishes during the course of their lifetime. Most people will never be afflicted again while others may have recurring bouts with the condition throughout adulthood.
Genetics have a great bearing on who and how this conditions is contracted. The defect follows an autosomal dominant pattern and this means only one parent will need to have the gene to pass it to the child. Of all skin disorders, this is the most commonly inherited condition.
Ichthyosis Vulgaris can also come accompanied with a wide variety of other conditions and disorders like eczema , which can cause an extremely itchy rash to occur on the skin. Keratosis pilaris is most commonly experienced as a rash of red and white bumps much like acne but most commonly appears on the thighs, arms and buttocks.
Treatments — While there is no cure for this condition, most treatments involving skin moisturizers and certain nutrients can allow the individual to regain a level of comfort. Exfoliating regularly using Microdermamitt exfoliating gloves and washing away dead cells with a loofa is another important treatment for this condition.