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Tiny Bumps: Understanding Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris Pictures

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes dry, rough patches with tiny bumps. They may look like goose bumps and feel a bit like sandpaper. They usually don’t hurt, but can be itchy. It is most often seen on the backs of the arms and front of the thighs, but can show up anywhere else on the body.

The Bumps

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common condition that causes small bumps to form on your skin. You may also notice redness and dry, scaly skin around the bumps. The bumps are made of a protein called keratin, which helps form your hair, nails, and skin’s outer layer (epidermis). They look the color of your skin — they can be white on light skin or red on dark skin, or they can be the same color. They’re not painful, but they can itch.

Bumps from keratosis pilaris can be found on your upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks. They aren’t usually a serious health problem, but they can be unsightly and embarrassing for some people, especially in colder weather when their skin is drier. They can also change in appearance during certain times of the year, especially when you go through hormonal changes like pregnancy. Keratosis pilaris can look similar to other conditions, so if your symptoms don’t go away after self-care, talk with your doctor or dermatologist.

The Skin

Keratosis pilaris often shows up as tiny bumps that look like sandpaper, chicken skin or goosebumps. The bumps can be red or tan and the skin surrounding them may look dry and flaky. KP is usually harmless, but it can be cosmetically disfiguring for some patients. It is often more noticeable in the summer and aggravated by cold weather.

The bumps are found on the backs of the arms, legs, buttocks (butt) and sometimes on the face (cheeks). They don’t hurt or itch and tend to disappear by age 30. If the symptoms persist, moisturizing or using prescription creams may help. If the condition is causing distress or making you feel self-conscious, talk to your healthcare provider, who may prescribe stronger treatments. In some cases, pus-filled bumps may occur, which is called frictional lichenoid dermatitis and is a medical emergency. It is more common in young children and teenagers, but can appear at any age.

The Inflammation

The bumps that form on the skin of people with keratosis pilaris often look like clusters of tiny pimples. They happen when keratin clogs pores instead of flaking off. The pores are the openings in the skin where hairs grow (hair follicles). The condition is common. It can affect any age or skin color, but it is most noticeable in children and teenagers. It tends to clear during adulthood, though it may flare up with hormonal changes or as a side effect of certain medications.

Most doctors can diagnose keratosis pilaris by looking at your skin. There is no need for other tests. KP is more likely to develop on dry skin, so moisturizing might help. Dermatologists recommend using thick moisturizers, especially ones containing lactic acid or urea. You can also try exfoliating by gently rubbing the area with a loofah or pumice stone. Treatments don’t clear keratosis pilaris completely, but they can improve your skin’s texture.

The Treatment

It’s often hard to get rid of keratosis pilaris completely. But a lot of things can help. The best approach is to moisturize and not irritate the skin. Don’t use scrubs or try to pick at the bumps, which can make them worse. If the condition doesn’t improve on its own, talk to your health care provider. They may recommend creams to help improve the appearance.

It isn’t known what causes the buildup of keratin, which clogs the pores and forms these small bumps. But it does tend to run in families and is more common in women and people under 30. Hormonal changes can also trigger it, such as those seen during pregnancy and puberty.

Treatments may include moisturizers, prescription-strength alpha or beta hydroxy acid (glycolic, lactic or salicylic), prescription-strength urea (KeratoPil, Aluvea), or a retinoid such as tretinoin or tazarotene. Some people need a few treatments before they see results. But remember that treatments won’t cure the condition, and it will return once treatment is stopped.

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The Substitue Title: The Evolving Images of Jesus

Jesus Paintings

Jesus paintings are often thought-provoking and inspiring. They can help us to draw closer to our Lord and to become more like Him.

But did Jesus really look like the image we all know? A new research based on forensic methods shows that he probably had dark hair and skin with olive tone, similar to Jewish ethnicity.

The Light of the World

Throughout the Bible, Jesus is depicted as the Light of the World. He is the Light that pierces through the darkness, bringing hope and salvation to all who believe. Jesus is also the Bread of Life, that sustains us and gives strength to carry on.

Images of Jesus have been in flux over the centuries, as Christians debated what He should look like. It took many centuries before a conventional standardized image emerged. The image of a bearded Christ with long hair, a cruciform halo and a rich robe became standard.

During the High Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo created some of the most famous pictures of Christ in history. But perhaps the most-reproduced picture of Christ is Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ,” which was produced and marketed from 1940 to 1942, making it the best-selling religious picture of all time. It is on everything from prayer cards to calendars and night lights.

The Bright Morningstar

The bright morning star is a deep symbol of Jesus and of hope. It is used in both Isaiah and in Revelation. Michael Wilcock points out that it is a beautiful poetic metaphor that links Christ to the deeply evocative astronomical symbol of light shining in darkness.

The earliest images of Jesus emerged in the first through third centuries A.D., amidst concerns about idolatry. They were less about capturing His actual appearance than about clarifying His roles as king and savior. To do this, they often employed visual formats from other cultures.

By the early renaissance, images of Jesus became more conventionalized. Even so, it took a while for them to reach worldwide distribution. The prevailing image was a blond, light-eyed European Jesus. It was this version that was imposed on Christian populations in the new world, through European colonization and trade. Despite this, there were some regional variations. In colonial Latin America, for example, Saint Rose of Lima was depicted with darker skin than her distinctly white, European counterparts.

The Son of God

The title “Son of God” occurs 41 times in the New Testament and affirms Jesus’ equality with the Father. Unlike the titles of demigods or heroes, it refers to nature and not office. He is God’s Son not because of His miraculous birth or crucifixion, but by virtue of His incarnation and resurrection. During the early years of Christianity, images of Jesus varied widely. It took several centuries before a conventional standardized form emerged, which typically included a bearded figure wearing an episcopal garment and a cruciform halo.

Although Christians steadfastly insist on a non-monotheistic interpretation of the term “Son of God,” they are often quite willing to accept monotheistic interpretations for many other terms that Jesus (as) used to describe Himself in the Gospels, such as prophet and messiah. This inconsistent approach undermines any attempt to understand the biblical meaning behind these other titles. It also confuses the Gospels’ message of Jesus’ (as) humanness with the doctrine of divine Sonship.

The Son of Man

The Son of Man is one of Magritte’s most popular paintings. You may have seen it reproduced on posters, T-shirts and coffee mugs. It also appears as a Facebook background or on cellphone cases and clocks. It is a strange painting, yet it’s hard to ignore it. Magritte incorporated many symbolic elements into the piece. The apple is a common symbol for temptation, and the face that can be glimpsed behind the green apple is a reminder of the death of Magritte’s mother.

The painting also references the traditional image of Jesus, which is a bearded man with long hair. This image emerged from the late 300s and became dominant in Christian art. This image was often based on classical sculpture. However, some artists continued to depict Jesus as a beardless man. This trend was especially common in Eastern Christianity. This variation reflected local racial characteristics. The beardless image was a popular choice because it was more easily recognizable as the Messiah.

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