Those Tiny Bumps on Your Arms and Legs are Probably Keratosis Pilaris

Kalamazoo Dermatologist
11/15/2016

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a harmless and fairly common genetic follicular skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin.” Worldwide up to 80% of adolescents and 50% of adults have KP. KP is caused by keratin buildup in hair follicles which causes white or red bumps that are reminiscent of acne. The areas that are most commonly affected are the thighs and the backs of the upper arms and. While it’s completely harmless, most people with the condition are unhappy with the appearance of their skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure but there are a few ways to keep the bumps at bay. In this post, we will look at three ways you can treat your Keratis Pilaris.

1. Stay moisturized

This is crucial! Moisturizing daily, especially after bathing or showering, is the absolute best way to treat keratosis pilaris. Also, during the winter when the air is particularly dry, it’s even more important to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

2. Use products with urea, glycolic acid, or lactic acid

Over the counter products with these ingredients work to exfoliate and remove dead skin which makes the skin feel and look smoother even for those with KP. Regular, prolonged use can actually help to remove bumps caused by keratosis pilaris. When picking out body wash or soap, make sure they will not only cleanse your skin, but also moisturize.

3. Talk to a dermatologist

If you are having no luck with these home remedies, it may be time to consult a dermatologist and find out if there are other options – this can include prescription retanoids or laser treatment.

At Southwest Michigan Dermatology and Laser & Skin Care Center in Kalamazoo, we have been treating people with dermatological issues for over twenty years.  If the skin condition exists, we’ve likely treated it. So, if you have been looking for a highly trained, personable, and experienced Kalamazoo dermatologist, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

 

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