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Over Counter Treat Keratosis
No: Removal of seborrheic keratoses (sk) is not possible without more invasive procedures. Sks are benign and one tends to get more of these with aging. Cosmetic removal includes cryosurgery, laser surgery, ed&c (electrodesication & currettage) and surgical excision. If an sk is in a location that is constantly being irritated then a doctor will usually remove it. ...Read more
What is the most effective and safe home or over-the-counter treatment for keratosis pilaris On upper arms and thighs?
You need a: Keratolytic, see a dermatologist to get this rx cream... ...Read more
Amlactin: 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
Lotions & time: Kp runs in families and people affected tend to have dryness of their skin and often have an underlying tendency towards eczema. It usually is worse in the winter and tends to clear in the summer months. The condition is benign but bothersome. Various types of moisturizing lotion and creams may help as well as exfoliation treatments. ...Read more
Moisturize the skin: This is a chronic skin condition which causes small bumps to form in the skin at the hair follicles. People who have this make a sebum that is a bit too thick, and many benefit from using lotions that moisturize the skin, and sometimes lotions containing ceramides are helpful too. Don't pick at your bumps, this only makes it worse. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
There are several topical therapies that are used to treat keratosis pilaris, none of which are particularly effective. These include topical retinoids, urea, low-potency topical corticosteroids, lactic acid lotions (e.g. AmLactin), as well as cleansing with a mild soap and use of a moisturizer.
Note, however, that there are no cures for keratosis pilaris and no universally effective therapies. ...Read more