Keratosis Pilaris (cont.)

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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


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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