Medical Dermatology

Keratosis Pilaris

This is a common, benign skin condition that causes tiny bumps on skin (often compared to goosebumps). The bumps feel rough and often appear on upper arms and thighs. They may be more pronounced with dry skin and during cold winter weather.  Keratosis Pilaris also tends to occur more frequently in girls, but may clear on their own in their 20’s. There is also an increased chance in developing this condition if a patient has a close relative with it. Also, patients who already have eczema, dry skin, hay fever, or even excess body weight can experience Keratosis Pilaris. The condition itself is harmless, but if excessive itching becomes bothersome, there are some remedies that may help alleviate it. Treatments include: exfoliating skin with a loofah while bathing and applying a thick moisturizer after every shower or bath when the skin is still damp. There are also some over-the-counter and prescription medications containing the following ingredients that can be useful:

  • Alpha hydroxyl acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Retinoid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Urea