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Some children have dry spiky skin elevation on the back of elbow. What is it ?.How to treat it

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Dr. Michael Bryan
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In brief: Keratosis Pilaris

Bumpy skin above the elbows in children is called keratosis pilaris and can also commonly occur on the cheeks.
Scrubbing often just makes it red and irritated, picking can leave scars. A lotion containing 12% Lactic Acid can help dissolve away the bumps, but it can take a few weeks to work.

In brief: Keratosis Pilaris

Bumpy skin above the elbows in children is called keratosis pilaris and can also commonly occur on the cheeks.
Scrubbing often just makes it red and irritated, picking can leave scars. A lotion containing 12% Lactic Acid can help dissolve away the bumps, but it can take a few weeks to work.
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