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Dr. Emily Altman
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Keratosis Pilaris (Overview)

A condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps on the skin.


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What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

Genetic condition: Keratosis pilaris (follicular keratosis) is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (lower arms can also be affected); also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except the palms or soles of feet. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
125 doctors shared insights

Keratosis Pilaris (Overview)

A condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps on the skin.


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Treating Seborrheic Keratosis (Checklist)

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Do most people who get keratosis pilaris have many symptoms?

Typically bumps: seen on back of arms, thighs and sometimes cheeks. They can be itchy red but treatments are available including topical scrubs, acid lotions and urea ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with keratosis pilaris. Is there a cure?

My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with keratosis pilaris. Is there a cure?

Seems familial: Treatment may include: moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin d, or steroid creams to reduce redness improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back. Don't put anything on her skin without speaking to her doctor. ...Read more

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What causes keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: It is an autosomal dominant inherited condition related to another condition called atopy. Basically, it is inherited. ...Read more

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How can I treat keratosis pilaris?

Amlactin: Keratosis pilaris is plugging of hair follicles, typically on the upper arms and thighs. It is thought to be in the spectrum of atopic dermatitis (or eczema). The roughness can be reduced temporarily by amlactin lotion, which contains 12% lactic acid. Unfortunately, there is no cure. ...Read more

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How is keratosis pilaris treated?

Link to article: http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm.

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Is fougera mometasone furoate cream effective in treating keratosis pilaris?

Yes: Topical steroids like this are effective in this condition. Also moisturizing cream (like kera lotion or eucerin) can also help. ...Read more

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What are the most effective treatments for keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a difficult condition to treat. In general, prescription strength moisturizers that have Lactic Acid or urea are most effective for treating this condition. ...Read more

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What are ways to cure keratosis pilaris? I've tried putting coconut oil on it. Should that help?

Many Approaches: Your moisturizer is helpful and wise but prescribed exfoliants also reduce symptoms as do topical retinoids (often known as 'retin a'--they keep hair follicle from being plugged). If severe, laser therapy has been used as well. Some exfoliants are over the counter while other are prescription strength and require you to see a health provider. Control rather than cure is the goal. ...Read more

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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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Is keratosis pilaris a genetic disorder?

Yes: Keratosis pilaris (kp, also follicular keratosis or chicken skin) is a common, autosomal dominant (meaning you need only one copy of the gene), genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough, slightly red, bumps on the skin. ...Read more

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Can I prevent keratosis pilaris?

Can I prevent keratosis pilaris?

Essential fat: Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil and zinc xan help decrease the appearance of keratosis pillars according to the nutrition lettercedited by dr jonathan wright. ...Read more

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How to avoid keratosis pilaris?

Pilaris keratosis: There is no way to prevent this condition. I have found that aha/bha (alphahydroxy acid /beta hydroxy acid) works well to keep it at bay. ...Read more

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What is keratosis pilaris?

Follicular plugs: Keratosis pilaris is plugging of hair follicles, typically on the upper arms and thighs. It is thought to be in the spectrum of atopic dermatitis (or eczema). The roughness can be reduced temporarily by amlactin lotion, which contains 12% lactic acid. Unfortunately, there is no cure. ...Read more

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What causes keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: It is an autosomal dominant inherited condition related to another condition called atopy. Basically, it is inherited. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more