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How to tell if I have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?

How to tell if I have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a condition showing keratotic follicular plugging with varying degrees of surrounding erythema in acne there are microcomedones, conedones, inflammatory papules and pustules and nodules. If it is scaly bumps on the outer extensor aspects of the upper arms it is probably keratosis pilaris. ...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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How can I know if I have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?

See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run some tests to find out if you have prostatitis. ...Read more

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Got spots on my arm, and I think its keratosis pilaris. What to do?

Got spots on my arm, and I think its keratosis pilaris. What to do?

Moisturizer: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. 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. If over the counter lotions do not help, check with your doctor as a prescription medication called lachydrin (lactic acid) may work. ...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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Is there a connection between hairy arms and keratosis pilaris?

No: It can be inherited to some degree, but plenty of people with kp get it on non-hairy areas, including the face. There doesn't seem to be a single cure for it, but some patients have found good results with things like amlactin cream, thorough exfoliation, slathering coconut oil on in the shower, and eliminating wheat and dairy from their diets. ...Read more

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How to get rid of keratosis pilaris on my arms?

How to get rid of keratosis pilaris on my arms?

Not curable: This is a poorly-understood genetic illness that comes and goes. A dermatologist can help you manage it with retinoids and perhaps other meds. There's no such thing as a perfect body, but you can manage this relatively common problem. Maintain your overall fitness and general health. PhotoGuy says he has keratosis pilaris -- he's not complaining or hiding his arms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have keratosis pilaris in chest and arms, what is the treatment for it?

I have keratosis pilaris in chest and arms, what is the treatment for it?

Keratosis Pilaris: Bumpy skin on arms, thighs, trunk is called keratosis pilaris and can also commonly occur on the cheeks. Scrubbing often just makes it red and irritated, picking can leave scars. A lotion containing 12% Lactic Acid can help dissolve away the bumps, but it can take a few weeks to work. ...Read more

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Hi, I have Keratosis pilaris on the top half of my arm, it is not red or inflamed but rather bumps all over. ?

Hi, I have Keratosis pilaris on the top half of my arm, it is not red or inflamed but rather bumps all over. ?

Live with it: You can't cure it, it may not even bother you, but if you wish, a dermatologist can be your guide to the confusing welter of treatments, that include lasers, topical vitamin A derivatives, and topical exfoliants such as salicylic acid. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more