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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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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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Could keratosis pilaris only effect my elbows knees and thigh? How to treat it?

Could keratosis pilaris only effect my elbows knees and thigh? How to treat it?

Yes: KP is most commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, and cheeks, but can be found elsewhere. KP usually gets better with age. You may may find that skin care aimed at preventing excessive skin dryness, including using mild soaps or soap-free cleansers and avoiding hot baths or showers, helps. Also, using skin moisturizers can be helpful. In more severe cases, talk to your doctor about further care ...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

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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. Milton Alvis Jr
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Keratosis (Definition)

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