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Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common, benign skin condition characterized by the appearance of multiple small firm skin colored bumps on the lateral aspect of the upper arms and sometimes thighs. There can be surrounding redness. The bumps can resemble goose bumps and are sometimes referred to by the lay population as "chicken skin". They can cause the skin to have a sandpapery feel when touched. These bumps can also be seen on the face along the outer cheeks in children. The asymptomatic bumps occur due to the harmless buildup of keratin in hair follicles. The condition usually improves with age and is a trait that is often seen in multiple family members. About 10% of the population carries this trait but there is an increased incidence in people with eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of keratosis pilaris is easily made by a dermatologist based on its appearance. No biopsy is necessary. The diagnosis is further supported by obtaining a history of other family members with a similar condition.

Management

Treatment is not necessary but is often sought because of the rough feel, the bumpy appearance of the skin or the accompanying redness. The appearance and texture can be improved with the use of a topical moisturizing lotion that contains filaggrin-like peptides and ceramides (Cetaphil Restoraderm) or topical keratolytics such as moisturizing lotions that contain citric acid, alpha hydroxy acid (e.g. Eucerin plus lotion or cream), ammonium lactate (e.g. AmLactin 5% lotion or cream) or urea (e.g. Ureacin 10% lotion). These lotions are readily available over the counter without a prescription. Roughness and bumps reduce significantly after about 2 weeks with regular twice daily use. If improvement is not seen with these medicated moisturizers, a higher strength of these ingredients or prescription topical retinoids, which are commonly used for acne treatment, can be applied. Gentle physical exfoliation can also be performed for resistant lesions through in-office microdermabrasion. It is important to know that lotions need to be used regularly to keep the condition under control; if the lotions are stopped the bumps will become prominent with a delay of about 2 weeks. Redness usually reduces at the same time as the skin becomes smooth but if it persists, pulsed dye laser treatment may be pursued. Several sessions spaced 4 weeks apart are often necessary to completely remove redness. Results are long lasting.

Coping

Most people are assured by understanding the benign nature of the condition. However, when the appearance of these bumps or surrounding redness is disturbing, treatment may be started. Many will treat during the warmer months of the year when they wear short sleeves or in anticipation of an important event. In such cases, treatment should begin at least 2 weeks prior to the date. Some people will employ aggressive measures to remove the bumps of keratosis pilaris such as through use of a loofah sponge or through picking. Not only are they rarely effective, they are discouraged due to the risk of skin irritation.

Prevention

Keratosis pilaris is an inherited trait, therefore prevention is not possible at this time.

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Office staff was very polite and Dr was very thorough and everything was automated!

#12017-05-14

The friendliness of the entire staff

#22017-03-13

Everyone was very nice!

#32017-05-25

All was extraordinary, compared to most doctor's offices. However, the doctor's explanation of the condition was particularly outstanding.

#42011-09-28 14:40:16

The computer registration

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Efficiency

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everyone was very kind and helpful! and a nice atmosphere.

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STAFF VERY FRIENDLY!

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Everybody was friendly and helpfull.

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The staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The doctor herself is a pro, I was very impressed and will definitely recommend her to others, especially of my race. Its very hard to find a good dermatologist and I believe she is wonderful and really knows what she's doing. I am glad that I came here, thank you.

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You often have a long wait time in the room for the doctor. When she does come in it is not for a very long time.

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