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Keratosis Pilaris

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (K.P.) appears as a scattered, patchy rash consisting of very small red or tan bumps. There can be as few as 10 or as many as several hundred small, rough bumps in the area and the skin will have a fine, sandpaper-like texture. If inflammation is present, some of the bumps may be slightly red or have a light-red halo. Keratosis pilaris is harmless (benign) and tends to run in families. It is a marker of dry skin and is more common in people with atopic dermatitis (eczema). The most common location for keratosis pilaris is on the back of the upper arms and back of the thighs.

What are my treatment options?

While there’s no cure for keratosis pilaris

  • Moisturizing lotions or creams may help.
  • Topical exfoliants "keratinolytics" can help remove dead skin

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