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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.

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I have keratosis pilaris. What is the best treatment for it?

I have keratosis pilaris. What is the best treatment for it?

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

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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.

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Will doing a "facial" on the upper arms help keratosis pilaris go away?

Will doing a "facial" on the upper arms help keratosis pilaris go away?

Probably not: Keratosis pilaris is a common, benign condition. 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; steroid creams to reduce redness. Improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.

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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.

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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.

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Treatment for keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is often treated with topical exfoliants, topical retinoids or laser Therapy.

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Keratosis pilaris is there any treatment for it?

Keratosis pilaris is there any treatment for it?

KP tx: There are some rx meds, but this condition is a skin type, not a disease. It is not cureable. I like the otc/beauty line by dermadoctor called kp duty. The keys of treatment are exfolliation and emollients. If otc doesn't help I would consider seeing the doctor.

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I have keratosis pilaris. What sorts of treatment can I get?

I have keratosis pilaris. What sorts of treatment can I get?

KP tx: There are some rx meds, but this condition is a skin type, not a disease. It is not cureable. I like the otc/beauty line by dermadoctor called kp duty. The keys of treatment are exfolliation and emollients. If otc doesn't help I would consider seeing the doctor.

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Hello is there a difference in manifestations and treatment of keratosis pilaris and phrynoderma? Thanks

Dermatology: Keratosis pilaris or chicken skin, a common, autosomal dominant, genetic follicular condition manifested by rough, slightly red, bumps on skin most often on the back and outer sides of the arm can also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, sides, buttocks. Phrynoderma is a follicular hyperkeratosis probably due to deficiency of vitamin a or of essential fatty acids & may be confused.

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Is keratosis pilaris cureble with treatment in homeopathy?

Keratosis pilaris: There is no 1 homeopathic remedy that cures all cases of this condition, but consitutional homeopathic treatment may help. A skin problem is only one expression of a deep level disturbance. You can work with an experienced homeopath who will take your whole case & prescribe accordingly; selection will be based on your whole being. Omega-3 and vitamin a supplementation may help too.

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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.

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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.

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