Monday, June 11, 2012

Q&A: Keratosis Pilaris

  • Q. What is Keratosis Pilaris?
  • A. Keratosis Pilaris is a buildup of protein in the skin which clogs the hair follicles causing small bumps. It occurs commonly on the upper arms, the thighs and can even occur on the face. It looks like a rash with bumps and dryness with some redness. It feels rough like sand paper. Gentle exfoliation and moisturizing will improve the bumps. Use a gentle sugar scrub on the bumpy areas in the shower. Then, apply a moisturizer. Try a cream containing salicylic acid  such as Cera Ve SA Renewing lotion available at drugstores. The bumps are stubborn so you need to keep after them daily. If you stop, they will just come back!

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