What was the treatment for your keratosis pilaris?
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What is the treatment for keratosis pilaris?
Many treatment options and skin-care
recipes are available for controlling the symptoms of keratosis pilaris. Many patients have
very good temporary improvement following a regular skin-care program of
lubrication. As a general rule of thumb, treatment needs to be continuous. Since
there is no available cure or universally effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, the list
of potential lotions and creams is long. It is important to keep in mind that as
with any condition, no therapy is uniformly effective in all people. Complete
clearing may not be possible. In some cases, keratosis pilaris may also improve or clear
spontaneously without any treatment.
General measures to prevent excessive skin dryness, such as using mild soapless
cleansers, are recommended. Frequent skin lubrication is the mainstay of
treatment for nearly all cases.
Mild cases of keratosis pilaris may be improved with basic over-the-counter moisturizers
such as Cetaphil or Lubriderm lotions. Additional available therapeutic options
for more difficult cases of keratosis pilaris include lactic-acid lotions (AmLactin,
Lac-Hydrin), alpha-hydroxy-acid lotions (Glytone, glycolic body lotions), urea
cream (Carmol 10, Carmol 20, Carmol 40, Urix 40), salicylic acid (Salex
lotion), and topical steroid creams (triamcinolone 0.1%).
The affected area should be washed once or twice a day with a gentle wash like
Cetaphil or Dove. Lotions should be
gently massaged into the affected area two to three times a day. Irritated or abraded
skin should be treated only with bland moisturizers until the inflammation
Occasionally, physicians may prescribe a short seven- to 10-day course of a
medium-potency, emollient-based topical steroid cream once or twice a day for
inflamed red areas.
Many treatments have been used in keratosis pilaris without consistent results. As there is
no miraculous cure or universally effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is important to
proceed with mild caution and lower expectations.
Because keratosis pilaris is generally a chronic condition requiring long-term maintenance,
most therapies would require repeated or long-term use for optimum results.
Mild cleansers and lotions for sensitive skin: Wash daily, and apply lotion
twice a day.
Potent moisturizers for home treatment: Use once or twice a day.
lotions (AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin)
Alpha-hydroxy-acid lotions (Glytone, Citrix
glycolic body lotion 15%)