Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

  • Medical Author:
    Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

    Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Keratosis pilaris "do's"

  1. Do take measures to prevent excessive skin dryness, especially in colder winter months.
  2. Do use mild soaps like Dove soapless cleanser or Cetaphil cleanser.
  3. Do lubricate skin with special lotions containing lactic acid like AmLactin or Lac-Hydrin lotion, alpha-hydroxy-acid lotions (glycolic acid), urea cream (Urix 40), and salicylic acid (Salex).
  4. Do gently massage the lotions into the affected area twice a day.

Keratosis pilaris "don'ts"

  1. Don't use harsh soaps or cleansers.
  2. Don't scrub harshly and try to scrape off the skin.
  3. Don't expect immediate results with topical creams.
  4. Never give up hope.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology

REFERENCE:

Hwang, Sharon, and Robert A. Schwartz. "Keratosis Pilaris: A Common Follicular Hyperkeratosis." Pediatric Dermatology 82 Sept. 2008: 177-180.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2015
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