Keratosis Pilaris


Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, often on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. 

Cause of keratosis pilaris

  • Keratosis pilaris is caused by the buildup of keratin.
  • The keratin blocks the opening of hair follicles, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin.
  • It may occur in association with a genetic disease or with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

Treatment for keratosis pilaris

  • Creams to remove dead skin cells. Creams containing alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea. 
  • Creams to prevent plugged follicles. Creams derived from vitamin A (topical retinoids). 

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