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Ways To Treat Keratosis Pilaris
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cryosurgery: When correctly diagnosed, no treatment is necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy or is irritated by clothing or jewelry, it can be removed by cryosurgery (the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue). ...Read more
See a dermatologist: Seborrheic dermatitis a common, harmless, scaling rash affecting the face, scalp and other areas. It occurs most often where the skin is oily. Although it can be very persistent, treatment with regular use of antifungal agents and intermittent use of topical steroids can keep it under control. See a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keratosis Pilaris: Very common in children. Rough, pimple-like patches on the upper arms. Try otc amlactin lotion 2-3x per day on the arms. Do not use pumice stones or any strong exfoliators. Let the amlactin go to work and give it at least 4 weeks before u call it a failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Out of luck...: Keratosis pilaris is not pimples but is something else, fortunately not serious. There is no cure but this condition often gets better and worse on its own and even varies with the weather. Using a good moisturizer and avoiding drying soaps can help. A special type of moisturizer called a keratolytic can be especially helpful. ...Read more
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