What is Keratosis Pilaris and How Can You Treat It?

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Everyone wants smooth, healthy skin. If you are bothered by those pesky little bumps that feel rough to the touch, you are not alone. These bumps might be keratosis pilaris (check with your doctor to be sure). They are most commonly found on the back of your arms, although they are also prevalent on the cheeks, thighs and buttocks. They appear white and somewhat hard to notice from a quick glance. They can become red but they don’t hurt and they are generally not itchy or painful. While the bumps are harmless, they can be difficult to treat.


If you run your hand along the back of your arm and it has a sandpaper texture, you could have keratosis pilaris. The bumps are often in patches and can resemble a “goose-like flesh” or “chicken skin”. They can also become inflamed and can cause scarring if they are picked at or scratched. Keratosis pilaris is caused from the build-up of keratin under the skin’s surface. The keratin develops a scaly plug that blocks the hair follicle at the opening. The result is bumpy skin. This condition is common in children and young adults and can sometimes resolve itself by early adulthood. It is important to have a skin specialist or dermatologist examine your skin to make a concise diagnosis.


If you have keratosis pilaris, the first thing you want to know is how to get rid of the problem. While KP is not curable, you can lessen the appearance and signs of KP. It can be challenging to treat, but you can usually reduce the appearance of the bumps and redness over time. A topical retinoid therapy using Vitamin A can promote cell turnover and keep the follicle from getting plugged. A topical exfoliant or medicated cream containing alpha-hydroxy acids and moisturizers can soften the dried out skin and remove dead skin cells. Try KP Duty scrub followed by KP Duty moisturizing therapy for dry skin. Our patent-pending active moisturizing complex combines dermatologist strength buffered glycolic acid with urea (the dermatologist-recommended humectant), to smooth and hydrate even the driest, roughest skin. Green tea helps reduce the visible redness and bumps associated with irritated dry skin and keratosis pilaris.

Being consistent with your skin care will help keep your keratosis pilaris under control and replenish a smooth skin finish.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer
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