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what products are used to treat keratosis palaris?

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Dr. Jason Lott
Dermatology 12 years experience
Keratosis pilaris: There are several topical therapies that are used to treat keratosis pilaris, none of which are particularly effective. These include topical retinoids, urea, low-potency topical corticosteroids, lactic acid lotions (e.g. AmLactin), as well as cleansing with a mild soap and use of a moisturizer. Note, however, that there are no cures for keratosis pilaris and no universally effective therapies.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can you catch keratosis pilaris?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: It is not contagious.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Does keratosis pilaris require treatment?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: It is cosmetic in appearance and does not commonly itch.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can do I reduce the appearance and the feel of keratosis pilaris?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Urea, finacea: Urea, ammonium lactate and axelaic acid will reduce appearance of keratosis polaris. Dr jonathan wright inhis newsletter recommends essential fatty acids found in flaxseed oil and zinc. The combination improves the follicular keratosis seen in this condition.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can keratosis pilaris be treated?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Moisturize the skin: This is a chronic skin condition which causes small bumps to form in the skin at the hair follicles. People who have this make a sebum that is a bit too thick, and many benefit from using lotions that moisturize the skin, and sometimes lotions containing ceramides are helpful too. Don't pick at your bumps, this only makes it worse.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What over-the-counter treat keratosis pilaris?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Keratosis Pilaris: Very common in children. Rough, pimple-like patches on the upper arms. Try otc amlactin lotion 2-3x per day on the arms. Do not use pumice stones or any strong exfoliators. Let the amlactin go to work and give it at least 4 weeks before u call it a failure.

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