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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

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 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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Will st. Ives scrub for blemish and blackhead clearing work effectively on keratosis pilaris (arms)?

Will st. Ives  scrub for blemish and blackhead clearing work effectively on keratosis pilaris (arms)?

A little for some: The st ives product is trying to exfoliate (shed) the skin "naturally". Exfoliation is a great way to treat kp, but the natural items are not really the strongest, so some may not respond. Alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while exfoliating. Apricots are supposed to have vitamin a to help, but I use it directly- retin a (tretinoin) is another product. ...Read more

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I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, but can honey and sugar scrub it away like it does to dry skin?

I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, but can honey and sugar scrub it away like it does to dry skin?

NO: It will make it worse. Do no do anything to scrub it. Just use a moisturizer with an acid in it like amlactin 12 % because it it is caused byu clooded follicles. Usuallly they open up at puperty as the gland mature, bue not always. Scrubbing definately makes it worse. ...Read more

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I have what looks like Keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I'm being worked up for posssible lupus. Could there be any connection?

I have what looks like 
Keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I'm being worked up for posssible lupus. Could there be any connection?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects tons of people. Its one of the most common skin conditions I see in the office. There shouldn't be a connection with KP and lupus. They are unrealated. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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I have keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and arms and thighs, i've read online that it can be treated with special lotion please recommend something!

I have keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and arms and thighs, i've read online that it can be treated with special lotion please recommend something!

Steroid cream: Kp can be smoothed mechanically and medicinally. On the extremities, you can use a loofa to scrub your skin to be a little smoother. Over-the-counter steroid creams like 1% Hydrocortisone cream is the strongest i would suggest for your face. If that didn't work on your arms and legs, you may need a stronger prescription steroid for those areas. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Keratosis (Definition)

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