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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, so would exfoliating w a salt or sugar scrub be too harsh on my skin?

I have keratosis pilaris, so would exfoliating w a salt or sugar scrub be too harsh on my skin?

Keratosis Pilaris: Treatment of keratosis pilaris can include the following medications: topical exfoliants. Medicated creams containing alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while helping to loosen and remove dead skin cells. Depending on their strength, certain creams are available over-the-counter and others require a prescription. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Got spots on my arm, and I think its keratosis pilaris. What to do?

Got spots on my arm, and I think its keratosis pilaris. What to do?

Moisturizer: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. It it characterized by rough bumps on the skin, usually on the outer surfaces of the upper arms, back, and upper thighs. Treatment consists of moisturizing the skin. If over the counter lotions do not help, check with your doctor as a prescription medication called lachydrin (lactic acid) may work. ...Read more

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Got spots on my arm like keratosis pilaris? Will they get better or worse with age?

Got spots on my arm like keratosis pilaris? Will they get better or worse with age?

Variable: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. It may get somewhat better with age, but it is impossible to predict who may show improvement. It it characterized by rough bumps on the skin, usually on the outer surfaces of the upper arms, back, and upper thighs. Treatment consists of moisturizing the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Keratosis (Definition)

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