Skin Diseases

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Have you been frustrated by patches of rough, bumpy skin on your knees, elbows, or arms? If so, the cause is likely keratosis pilaris – a painless and harmless condition sometimes called “chicken skin.”

While keratosis pilaris might not be cosmetically desirable, it isn’t anything to worry about from a medical perspective. However, if you want smoother, clearer skin, there are treatment options that can significantly improve your appearance. The team at IDI specializes in providing effective, personalized treatment strategies to patients seeking to reduce the severity of keratosis pilaris.


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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is neither a disease nor an indication of any medical abnormality. It is an extremely common condition where small amounts of keratin block individual hair follicles, causing patches of tiny, hardened bumps to form on the surface of the skin. These patches are typically found on the knees, elbows, upper arms, upper thighs, and buttocks, but they can appear on the face, too. It is mainly seen in children and it often fades or disappears entirely by the age of 30, but for some, it can be a chronic condition.

It isn’t known why some people experience keratosis pilaris, though it might be a hereditary trait. Dry skin can exacerbate the condition.

Keratosis Pilaris Diagnosis

Keratosis pilaris is diagnosed based upon a visual examination. Testing is generally not necessary unless there is evidence of additional skin abnormalities.

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment Options

Keratosis pilaris can be treated with drugstore moisturizers and exfoliants, which can help slough away the dead skin cells that clog the follicles. However, if non-prescription strength solutions aren’t effective, prescription topical retinoids that accelerate cellular turnover can yield favorable results.

Light and laser therapy treatments can also be used to improve keratosis pilaris. Your dermatologist will help you determine the best course of treatment for your condition, skin type, and goals.

The team at IDI is proud to provide customized treatment options for patients seeking improvement for a diverse spectrum of skin conditions. To learn which therapies might be right for you, please schedule a consultation with our team of experts.


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