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A 16-year-old female asked:

i have keratosis pilaris in my upper arms, thighs, and cheeks. how can i get rid of them? i have tried coconut oil, but it doesn't seem to be working.

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Dr. Natalie Geary
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Keratosis: Often that is the result of hypersensitive skin/allergy. Many people try to " scrub them away" but best is to examine the soap, detergents, skin products etc that you are using and try to consistently use only natural products
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lactic acid creams: Keratosis pilaris bumps don't like to completely go away, but Amlactin (or other creams containing lactic acid) can help. If the bumps are on both sides of the body, one can try Amlactin on one side (and use the other side for comparison). After 1 month, if the Amlactin side is a lot smoother than the other side, then that is a good sign that the lactic acid cream has helped.

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