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- Keratosis pilaris (KP) facts
- What is keratosis pilaris?
- Who gets keratosis pilaris?
- What is the prognosis of patients with keratosis pilaris?
- Does keratosis pilaris affect the entire body?
- What does keratosis pilaris look like?
- What causes keratosis pilaris?
- How is keratosis pilaris diagnosed?
- Is keratosis pilaris curable?
- Is keratosis pilaris contagious?
- What are possible complications of keratosis pilaris?
- Does diet have anything to do with keratosis pilaris?
- What is the treatment for keratosis pilaris?
- Keratosis pilaris "do's"
- Keratosis pilaris "don'ts"
Keratosis pilaris "do's"
- Do take measures to prevent excessive skin dryness, especially in colder winter months.
- Do use mild soaps like Dove soapless cleanser or Cetaphil cleanser.
- 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).
- Do gently massage the lotions into the affected area twice a day.
Keratosis pilaris "don'ts"
- Don't use harsh soaps or cleansers.
- Don't scrub harshly and try to scrape off the skin.
- Don't expect immediate results with topical creams.
- 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.