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I've used "Proactive" for the keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms and shoulders. It worked well, but I'd like to know of an OTC that may work. ?

I've used "Proactive" for the keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms and shoulders. It worked well, but I'd like to know of an OTC that may work. ?

Keratosis pilaris: Fine bumps causes by thickening of the top layer of teh skin. These are often treated with prescription lactic acid. Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient in Proactiv and while I've never used it for keratosis pilaris, you could try any drugstore benzoyl peroxide preparation for acne and if Proactiv worked for you. ...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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5 wks post pregnancy, severe keratosis pilaris on arms legs back chest & neck. Doc gave triamcinolon but not working. What is best prescription?

5 wks post pregnancy, severe keratosis pilaris on arms legs back chest & neck.  Doc gave triamcinolon but not working. What is best prescription?

Lac-Hydrin: Keratosis pilaris is not the same as atopic dermatitis. It is an inability of the skin to exfoliate, to turn over if you will. It is common and passed down as autosomal dominant. The best prescription for this is Lac-hydrin. Alternatively you can try moisturizers that have alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid in them. ...Read more

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I have had a rash for 5 years now and my doctor came back with keratosis pilaris; I don't think that is it based on photos. What else could this be?

I have had a rash for 5 years now and my doctor came back with keratosis pilaris; I don't think that is it based on photos. What else could this be?

Keratosis pilaris: Also known as hyperkeratosis follicularis this is a derm problem that usually starts in childhood or adolescence. There is accumulation of keratin around the small pores of the tiny hairs on the back up the upper arm and thighs, occasionally also buttocks. Exfoliants & cautious use of topical steroids can improve it. Does this fit with what you have? Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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I have Keratosis Pilaris on my butt cheeks. It is not very red anymore, there is mainly just scarring left. Will bio oil help or make it come back?

I have Keratosis Pilaris on my butt cheeks. It is not very red anymore, there is mainly just scarring left. Will bio oil help or make it come back?

BIO OIL: Exfoliation to unclog pores is at the top of the list of treatments using the bio oil would not be a good idea--this may cause more problems. Dermatologist will address this further for treatment and prevention ...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

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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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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more