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Could a hormone imbalance cause keratosis pilaris to get worse or flare up?

Could a hormone imbalance cause keratosis pilaris to get worse or flare up?

Probably: Keratosis pilaris is a very vexing problem that we do not have great answers for. However, many patients note large fluctuations of their kp during pregnancy, and some have found that it is better or worsens after starting and oral contraceptive pill. So probably there is some relationship between hormones and kp, though I am not totally sure how they are connected. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Keratosis Pilaris (Definition)

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects about 40% of people. It shows up as scaly little bumps around follicles, usually on the backs of the arms. It can also be seen on the tops of the thighs and butt. It usually shows up in the teenage years and gets better with time. In kids, it also is sometimes on the face, but that usually ...Read more


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Got spots on my arm like keratosis pilaris? Will they get better or worse with age?

Got spots on my arm like keratosis pilaris? Will they get better or worse with age?

Variable: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. It may get somewhat better with age, but it is impossible to predict who may show improvement. It it characterized by rough bumps on the skin, usually on the outer surfaces of the upper arms, back, and upper thighs. Treatment consists of moisturizing the skin. ...Read more

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When i'm in the sun i get a keratosis pilaris outbreak and the more i'm in the sun the worse it gets! help please?

When i'm in the sun i get a keratosis pilaris outbreak and the more i'm in the sun the worse it gets! help please?

Lubricate+exfoliate: Otherwise known as orange peel skin, these tend to do better in the summer, when there is more sun exposure. Make sure to lubricate and exfoliate. ...Read more

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Does keratosis pilaris sometimes get worse before it gets better?!?

Does keratosis pilaris sometimes get worse before it gets better?!?

Ketatosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is harmless (benign). It seems to run in families. It is more common in people who have very dry skin, or who have atopic dermatitis (eczema). The condition is generally worse in winter and often clears in the summer. Treatment: moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better, skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, topical steroids. ...Read more

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Does picking keratosis pilaris make it worse?

Does picking keratosis pilaris make it worse?

Doesn't help.: Keratosis pilaris is notorious b/c there's no great treatment for it. While picking at it won't make worse necessarily, it does put you at risk for bacterial skin infections - all those little critters living under your nails are now buried into your skin. ...Read more

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How do you get over keratosis pilaris?

Treatment may help: Treatments for keratosis pilaris may consist of moisturizing or keratolytic treatments including: urea, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or topical retinoids. However, the effectiveness of these treatments is limited. ...Read more

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Can you get keratosis pilaris on your hairline?

Can you get keratosis pilaris on your hairline?

Not usually: Keratosis pilaris along the hair line is not where one finds this condition. This is typically seen on the backs of the upper arms and upper thighs. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?

How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?

Moisturizer : If you want to treat this yourself i recommend over the counter Hydrocortisone cream an eucerin cream three times per day. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?

How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?

Doctor can evaluate: Bumps may be keratosis pilaris, eczema, comedones, and/or folliculitis. Each would have a different treatment, so a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and give some recommendations. Rashes are hard to describe in words. For keratosis pilaris, one might try creams that contain Lactic Acid or alpha-hydroxy-acid to loosen up the clumped skin cells causing the bumps. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. James Dukelow
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more