Patient Comments: Keratosis Pilaris - Cause

What was the cause of your keratosis pilaris?

Comment from: Sephy.Sunshine, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I'm not entirely sure what caused my KP to flare up. I noticed it when I was about seven. I asked my parents why I was getting small bumps on my face & legs but they were baffled. My dad has had skin problems all of his life. He was diagnosed with psoriasis as a young adult. My mother never had any problem with her skin. It became worse as I got older. They began to appear on my face, upper arms, above my knees, below my buttocks and on my buttocks. I used to pop them as a child and sometimes still do as a young adult. They have somewhat vanished on my cheeks but have yet to disappear on my arms and legs. I'm not really sure what to do to get rid of them. There is a list of things that could possibly work and I have spoken to several dermatologists and apparently they don't know what KP is. I plan on trying the obvious treatments first then going to a doctor if it doesn't work.

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Comment from: SAM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had good luck using aloe vera gel. It makes my skin feel smoother and less itchy, but you need to use it daily.

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Published: July 12

I noticed I had red dry bumps all over my forearms and now some on my thighs. I have had these since before I could remember. Most of it has been mainly because of my exposure to the sun. I was very sensitive about it for years. I just now found out it was keratosis pilaris. I use a lot of lotions and have to be very careful with what soaps I use.

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Comment from: PigLover, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I am 15 years old and I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and all over my thighs and knees. I have had it for as long as I can remember, and it has gotten better over time. But I am very self-conscious about my legs and almost never wear shorts or skirts or dresses because my legs just look terrible. I am trying to make it better by using Dove soap and using lotion three times a day in the winter and two times a day in the summer. The most important thing is to not give up hope!

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Comment from: Happy Mum, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 09

Two years ago my daughter, then 4 1/2 years old, had keratosis pilaris on her upper arms and tops of her thighs. After our GP told us that it was incurable, we reduced her dairy intake, using soy instead of milk and cutting out cheese and yogurt. Within 2 weeks the keratosis pilaris had disappeared and has not returned. She is still relatively dairy free as well.

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