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.
Rough bumps. It's a genetically inherited condition that causes bumps to form around the hair follicles on the upper arms and can also affect the thighs. It looks and feels like rough goose bumps and can be confused with acne. There are treatments that can help lessen the rough bumps such as urea, glycolic acid, Lactic Acid but they get worse if you stop using the products.

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What is keratosis pilaris? It is cureble? Why?

Keratosis pilaris. Kp is a genetic disorder which causes small stiff plugs of skin to form in hair follicles usually on the backs of the arms sometimes on the sides and sometimes even on the flanks. This problem is a hereditary one which is not curable. Most people learn to live with this problem, and some use of softening lotion with Lactic Acid or urea and sometimes that helps a little, but it never goes away. Read more...

What can clear up keratosis pilaris?

Moisturizing. Coconut oil is moisturizing, which may help diminish roughness and improve appearance of hyperkeratosis pilaris, but definitive treatment involves alpha hydroxy acids and/or topical steroids. Read more...

What can be done for keratosis pilaris?

Treatment may help. Treatments for keratosis pilaris may consist of moisturizing or keratolytic treatments including: urea, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or topical retinoids. However, the effectiveness of these treatments is limited. Read more...

What work best to treat keratosis pilaris?

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. Read more...