What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris

Have you noticed bumps on your skin or your child’s skin that look like goose bumps but don’t seem to go away? This is a condition known as keratosis pilaris. It affects children more often than adults, and adults that had it as children often have less of a problem with it in adulthood. Learn here what keratosis pilaris is and how it is treated.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a condition in which raised bumps occur on the skin, usually on the backs of the arms or on the front of the thighs, although some children also get it on their cheeks. It looks like pimples or goose bumps, but it doesn’t itch or have any other symptoms. It is caused by dry skin on or around hair follicles. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and does not pose any threat to your health. However, if the appearance bothers you, there are some treatments available.

Lifestyle Changes that Help

There are several lifestyle changes that can help reduce the appearance of keratosis pilaris. Some of the things you can do easily at home include:

  • Exfoliation and Hydration of the Skin: Use an exfoliating body wash and loofa and follow up your shower with a moisturizer.
  • Take shorter showers as long exposure to heat dries out the skin.
  • Use a humidifier in your home and office to eliminate dry skin.

If these changes do not limit the symptoms of keratosis pilaris, there may be some additional treatments offered by your doctor. 

Additional Treatments

There are several potential treatments for keratosis pilaris if it truly bothers you and lifestyle changes do not work to eliminate the problem. There are prescription-based exfoliators, topical corticosteroids, retinoid pills, or laser treatments. A mild chemical peel can remove excess dry skin. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic ointment if the pockets of dry skin and hair follicles become infected, which can happen if you scratch at the area.

If you have signs of keratosis pilaris and you need help controlling symptoms, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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