What you need to know about keratosis plasmid keratotic keratoses, also known as keratitis plasmids, are tiny viruses that cause inflammation of the skin.
They are passed from person to person through close contact, but there are few treatments that can remove them completely.
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine looked at the effects of using a facial scrub to remove keratotsis.
It found the treatment reduces the symptoms of keratotoxicity by as much as 40 per cent.
Dr Elizabeth Farr, a dermatologist and associate professor at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, says the treatment can also be used to help patients with dry scalp and hair loss.
She says a number of different methods have been tried to treat keratotosis.
One is to massage the affected area, which can be difficult to do by hand, with a tissue or a handkerchief.
Another is to use a hand wash with a mild soap.
Farr says it is important to check whether the treatment is effective and if it does reduce the severity of the condition.
She recommends patients see their GP to confirm they have keratosplasmid infection and that the condition is under control.
But Dr Farr warns that it can be important to remember that keratosing is not a common condition and it is not known whether the skin is dry enough to remove the virus.
She also cautions against using a face wash to remove it.
The World Health Organization says keratotics are an under-diagnosed disease.
The disease is most common in the developing world.