Is keratosis pilaris contagious?

Maybe you’re at school with a classmate that has KP, or in your office you’ve noticed or overheard that a coworker of yours has it, you might be wondering ‘Is keratosis pilaris contagious?’. The short answer is no.

Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that is genetic and inherited from the patient’s relatives. While it may skip a generation or two in some cases, it is only caused by genetics and is not contagious in any way.

You cannot and will not pick up any symptoms or skin conditions yourself from touching or interacting with people who have KP in any way, and this is even if you touch the affected area of the person’s skin, even while they are having an outbreak.

Basically, if you know someone who’s suffering from or living with KP: Don’t be scared or nervous or treat them differently then you normally would in any way. Most people with keratosis pilaris would just like to be viewed, interacted with and accepted the same as anyone else that you would talk to in the normal course of a day.

Recently, an all natural treatment for keratosis pilaris has been getting a lot of national media attention. Many people are attributing their being KP free to this new system, which uses commonly available ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store. You can learn more about it here.