Keratosis Pilaris Keratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does birth control make Keratosis Pilaris any better?
    I've heard Keratosis Pilaris gets worse with hormones, and birth control decreases hormones so... Any ideas on whether it could help decrease the sight of it?

    I'm 16, i have horrible Keratosis Pilaris, but i'm only planning on going on the pill if it will help my KP.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure. I'm 18 and also have keratosis pilaris, but it usually gets better as you age, or completely goes away. I've noticed that mine has gotten a lot better. It used to be really bad on my arms when I was around 14; now it's not that noticeable.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some Over the Counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    From doing some research, and looking at pictures, I believe I have keratosis pilaris (on my thighs). What are some over the counter treatments that work well to cure keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      Because it is hereditary, there is no way to cure or prevent keratosis pilaris. However, it may lessen over time with age.

      In some patients, the condition clears up on its own. When it does not, patients may choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. There are several treatments aimed at softening the keratin deposits in the skin to improve its appearance. They include:

      Moisturizing lotions. Dry skin makes the condition worse, so applying moisturizer twice daily is important. Lotions that contain urea help the skin retain moisture and products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid help to dissolve and exfoliate the keratin. Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing.

      Loofah sponges or brushes. Rubbing the affected areas after a long soak in a hot bath may help to unclog the plugged hair follicles.

      Topical retinoids. Class of chemical compounds that are chemically related to vitamin A. These drugs regulate skin growth but can be very irritating.

      These are just a couple of the available treatment for keratosis pilaris. Take a look at this site for some additional information that I think you'll find helpful : ) It's great that you're educating yourself!

      http://skin.health.ivillage.com/acneblemish/keratosispilaris.cfm

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Ok so I've had keratosis pilaris for practically all of my life. Its been bugging me ever since. So today I went to the doctor and they said I indeed have keratosis pilaris, and gave me a prescription to buy this special lotion. I don't know how else can I resolve this quicker and make the bumps go away and feel smooth.

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris isn't curable, but this will diminish it's visibility..

      There is this new popular cream that people have been talking about.

      It was even televised on TV.

      It prevents future and existing acne, diminishes scars, and lightens skin and blemishes. Fast results too! (It's been claimed that major results can be seen within a week and no later than two weeks)

      Before and After photos are available at the given ebay site.

      This person is providing 1-3 week trial samples (Only for ONE DOLLAR.. definitely a deal) on ebay at:

      Search up "Cee En's Acne Solution" or "best acne solution ever" on ebay.

      First 100 customers can get the item for for one week trial and up to 3 weeks. Or you can purchase 1 month supply for or 6 month supply for 0

      It's expensive, but the product DOES work.

      My sister and cousin who both have major acne have tried the product and they both give it thumbs up. I have also heard many great feedbacks about this cream.

      I don't have a problem with acne, but it seems to have great results on my sister who has moderate to severe acne. Her acne swelling went away overnight.

      check the seller's feedbacks on the cream

      I hope this helps. =)

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, legs, and back. My mum won't let me see a dermatologist because she things I do not have to, but the little red bumps (not acne they are keratosis pilaris) and red patches are so embarrassing especially with summer coming. Plz help. Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      I just googled this myself earlier today and found there is actually quite a lot of information online from other sufferers talking about what helped or didn't help them. Mostly they suggest using a moisturising body wash and a loofa in a circular motion. Pat the skin dry and follow up by using a good moisturiser. Others are suggesting eliminating dairy or wheat from your diet. Some people say tanning or steam baths or saunas have helped them. I know how embarrassing this is for you as it really bothered me too as a teenager, but it isn't the end of the world. I think you should just google keratosis and try some of the things that others have suggested for yourself.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best product for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my buttocks and I have been researching different products. There are quite a few and I don't know which to go with. There's Glytone, KP duty, Biotreatment. Has anyone had success with any of these or a better product? I have dark olive skin and I scar very easily...even without picking, so I'm hoping for a product that helps with that as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. It is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris on my upper arm?
    keratosis pilaris is a skin condition and is in my whole family. I have poped the spots and tgere are now scabs. How can i get rid of the scabs and the spots.

    • ANSWER:
      watch this it might help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk&feature=related

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any inexpensive and affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and I haven't been able to find anything that really works. I've gotten lotions from my doctor but that doesn't completely help.
    Is there any inexpensive and affective treatment that really helps or helped you?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a loofah to exfolitate:

      To treat keratosis pilaris patients can try several strategies to lessen the bumps. First, the patient can supplement the natural removal of dry skin and papules by using a loofah or another type of scrub showering or bathing. A variety of different over-the-counter (OTC) lotions, ointments, and creams can also be applied after showering while the skin is still moist and then several times a day to keep the area moist. Medicated lotions with urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A can also be prescribed by the dermatologist and applied one to two times daily. Systemic (oral) medications are not prescribed for keratosis pilaris. However if papules are opened and become infected, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection.

      I hope using a loofah, or something similar, helps you. As you no doubt already knew (and can read in the article), keratosis pilaris is difficult to treat. Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for treating Keratosis Pilaris on your face and arms?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my face and arms. I already drink lots of water, use some baby oil on my arms, and use a face cream/scrub. What would be a better alternative instead of using baby oil and face scrub. What is your favorite treatment. Btw, water helps a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Scrubs containing AHA (glycolic acid)

  10. QUESTION:
    Does Acneticin really work for getting rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 13 and have Keratosis Pilaris. I've heard of this pill called Acneticin. From the reviews all around the web, I guess it's like a miracle. How many of you have used this before and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, the Acneticin is an acne treatment that is for people that haven’t seen significant results from the many run of the mill topical treatments. Almost all of these topical treatments contain some form of ìcleansing agentî, usually benzoyl peroxide. These agents are very mild acids that ìburn awayî dead skin, allowing younger skin to rise to the surface and flourish.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can i make my keratosis pilaris go away?
    I'm 14 and have keratosis pilaris on my arms, chest, back, stomach, legs and really bad on my thighs and butt. What are the best non prescription things that you found to work for you. And i already know that there is not permanent cure and it's hereditary and only cosmetic but what are ways that you know work for you and are relatively easy?

    • ANSWER:
      Aveeno lotions help me out a lot. I have like the whole line of products and they have helped me keep it under control for the most part.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of redness from keratosis pilaris?
    I know you cant cure keratosis pilaris but is there anyway to get rid of the redness?Beause the bumps dont really bug me that much.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try a steriod or anti-inflammatory cream, this should take the redness away within a week - good luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  14. QUESTION:
    Are there any home cures for keratosis pilaris?
    Hi,
    My daughter (4) has keratosis pilaris. I would like to know if there are any home cures for that. My doctor told me it would go away on its own, but I would like to minimize it at least.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try these...
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratosis-pilaris/DS00769/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies
      http://beautyfashionandstyle.yuku.com/topic/937
      http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/keratosis_pilaris.html
      I hope some of these can help her. Good-luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have Keratosis Pilaris, what kind of foundation do you recommend to cover redness?
    I have keratosis pilaris and I was wondering if anyone knows of a foundation that'll cover redness and will last throughout the day. Some brands work but after about an hour or so or when I get really hot the redness on my face shows through...I've tried max factor it works best so far. I've also tried mineral makeups they dont work at all for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Do u get maybelline brands where u live??? Cos maybelline liquid to powder finish is xellent. It blends really well. Leaves skin flawless. Or else u buy a foundation which nearly matches ur skin tone or one which is a shade darker.This one is also gr8 for people with an oily complexion or a normal one.

  16. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my skin condition, keratosis pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. I was born with it and I get little white bumps on my arms and legs. It looks like pimples/acne but it's not. I have tried every lotion and scrub, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have this skin condition who has had success in reducing the bumpy appearance?

    Also, because I have been picking at the bumps for years, I've gotten scars. Is there a good cream or lotion to make the scars fade away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep on scrubbing and loading on products with tons of chemicals it is only going to make your skin get more irritated. If I were you I would such to all organic products. Coconut and emu oil are wonderful for skin. Raw organic shea butter is wonderful also.

      Try going to a health store or look online..I get everything from rose mountain.

      There are many organic oils out there that help reduce inflammation, reddness, scars, etc.

  17. QUESTION:
    What would work better for keratosis pilaris scars: bio oil or maderma?
    I have scars all over my arms from picking and scratching at my bumps on my arms, also know as keratosis pilaris. I have heard good things about both, but before i go and spend on cream, i want to know whats better! And if anyone had keratosis pilaris and used a different cream to get rid of the scars, please let me know!!!
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend using Bio Oil. Its natural and from what ive seen cheaper. But i would recommend exfoliating your arms with any thing that will remove any dead skin and then rub on the Bio Oil. only thing is its really sticky so don't put it on right before you go to bed it will get on everything.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and its very noticeable (especially in the winter) are there any cures for it? Like to make it completely go away? I would really love to get rid of this! Thanks for your help!

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  19. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    i have eczema, and this keratosis pilaris came during my flareup and i have never ever had it and now my whole body is covered in these skin coloured bumps, is there a way to get rid of this?
    any cleansing baths? or scrubs or remedies? i really just want my skin to go back to normal!
    is it normal for keratosis pilaris to just come out of nowhere? is it curable? are there any prescriptions like betamethasone or any other steroids that can fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatments, elixirs, etc. are just going to be a waste.

      The quickest and easy fix is a chemical exfoliant (for example a Glycol based one that you would use on your face) or even a physical exfoliant will clear it up in as little as three weeks. Enjoy your clear skin!

  20. QUESTION:
    How to diminish the look of keratosis pilaris?
    Well I think I have keratosis pilaris, people told me they might be ingrown hairs but it's not going away. I exfoliate with sugar and my dial body wash on my legs because that's where I have it. Does anyone know how to make the spots less noticeable and blend with my skin better.? Any products that help would be REALLY helpful. Thank you ☺

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP too... it IS the hair follicles, but not ingrown hairs, it's just that the skin cells from the follicles for some reason doesn;t shed in the normal way. The only think you can do is use a loofah or exfoliating sponge on the areas.... using products is expensive and a waste... all you need to do is get rid of the dead skin that is accumulating around the hair follicles, and then use just an ordinary light body lotion.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I heal my keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my upper arms and all around my upper legs. What can I do to improve my skin and help cure this? I have used a steroid base lotion prescribed by my doctor and I have also tried an over the counter lotion but they only help to a certain degree and then the improvement seems to plateau. Is there anything else I can try?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there is no cure for keratosis pilaris. I have it too, and after meeting with a few dermatologists, I have discovered that all you can really do is wait for it to go away. Most people outgrow keratosis pilaris in their twenties or so. However it does help to keep the area moisturized, especially if you are using some sort of treatment on it.

  22. QUESTION:
    Hi i have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris Is there any treatment for it?
    What is keratosis pilaris and how do you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis it is a genetic folicular condition which can be treated with the help of Forever Living Products. I know some one who has used these products successfully

      http://www.freewebs.com/aloe2you/

  23. QUESTION:
    Does Amlactin really work for Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hello everyone, I just bought a bottle of Amlactin lotion 3 days ago, and I was wondering if it really truely works for keratosis pilaris? Has it worked for you, and if so how long does it generally take to see improvements/results? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      YES IT DOES!!!! I have really bad keratosis pilaris. Amlactin worked within the first two weeks. It didn't completely eliminate the condition, but it makes it less noticeable. I swear by Amlactin!! However, if you stop using it, the keratosis pilaris comes back.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to reduce sight of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had red bumps on my arms for years now, and after much online research, I've come to the conclusion that these bumps are Keratosis Pilaris.

    I'm wanting to know how to reduce the sight of them. I've heard using a scrub with a loofah helps, but what kind of scrub? Also, I heard lotion helps, but I'm not sure what kind...Cetaphil, Eucerin, AmLactin, etc.

    I'd appreciate any advice! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had KP for a very long time and I have tried everything to get rid of it. But I have recently discovered a lotion called KP Duty. After two days, the red bumps were gone completely and the redness was reduced. It has been a week and the redness has been greatly reduced. However, the lotion is a bit pricey () but it does spread easily so you don't need a lot of it. Hope this helps. :)

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you recover from Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have severe Karatosis Pilaris on my legs. It's been such a long time since I've wore skirts. I've had it for almost 2 years and it won't go away. It's starting to bother me so much and the doctors don't know what to do...

    Does anyone know of any cures of Keratosis Pilaris? Does Laser Treatment work?

    • ANSWER:
      Try looking at these sites:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratosis-pilaris/DS00769
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      This site is by someone who also has KP:
      http://www.epinions.com/content_970694788

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it a good idea to use hair removal creams such as Veet or Revitol, on areas affected with keratosis pilaris?
    I found this idea on a keratosis pilaris message board:

    ttp://www.keratosispilaris.org/general-discussion/6182-maybe-answer-hair-removal-products.html

    So, anyone here think it would it work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with my doctor. You dont' want to make the problem worse.

      GL

  27. QUESTION:
    What lotion should i use for my Keratosis Pilaris?
    I heard that Amlactin or Eucerin works, but if you have used one which one was it and did it work?
    Or which lotion have you heard works best for keratosis pilaris.

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  28. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to cover Keratosis Pilaris for a few hours?
    I have severe Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and it sucks that I cannot wear skirts, shorts, swim suits or anything short. Its been here for almost 2 years now and I don't know what to do.

    I was wondering if anyone knows how I could cover it for a couple hours or something. I wanna wear a nice skirt and sit by the lake :(...

    • ANSWER:
      You might try tanning once or twice a week, this has proved to be very effective. The use of tea tree oil and Lubriderm at night has also proved of benefit. When washing in the evening, try sulphur soap with a body scrubber. Clearasil vanishing cream and Lubriderm again in the morning. This should give you a continuing improvement.
      I add a link which discuses the condition.

      http://www.aocd.org/skin
      /dermatologic_diseases/
      keratosis_pilaris.html

      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  29. QUESTION:
    I was wondering about girls and keratosis pilaris?
    I know that 50% or so girls are affected by keratosis pilaris but at my school there is not one girl who I can see with it. At prom everyones arms were KP free. I am an 18 yr old male with KP and I know some fat guys who have it and I use to be fat. Do you have to be fat to get keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you don't have to be fat. And the KP is smaller on women than men, because we're smaller overall. And we spend a lot more time caring for our skin than guys do. We exfoliate, scrub, and moisturize. If you did that, your KP would be less visible too.

  30. QUESTION:
    where can i find a Keratosis Pilaris Kit?
    i realized i have keratosis pilaris...but i was wondering if they have kits or lotions or something at stores nearby stores like cvs, walmart, target...those kind of stores? do you know? i tried looking online but its hard to findout if those stores have them.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have Keratosis pilaris for as long as i could remember (im 15 now ) , theres actually no cure for it whatsoever but there are creams that could lessen the redness and the bumps. I havent used any creams yet for mine so i cant recommend anything.
      I think theyre might be a cream called KPduty or something liek that you could look it up

      good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    Can Keratosis Pilaris disqualify you from the Air Force?
    I go to MEPS in about a week and was wondering if having Keratosis Pilaris on my arms is a problem. It doesn't bother me, it's not contagious, and I don't have any prescription for it.

    (Wikipedia: Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy.)

    It shouldn't be a problem right? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually a fairly common condition, my husband has it and it's never prevented him from anything. If it's bothering you, try exfoliating the area and applying a lotion with urea or lactic acid in it.

  32. QUESTION:
    If I have Keratosis Pilaris can I use shampoo with keratin in it?
    I have keratosis pilaris which is when my body creates too much keratin and leaves bumps all over my arms... I am wanting to use a shampoo and conditioner with keratin in it because it would make my coarse hair soft. Can I use it? Or would it make my skin condition worse? I would rinse it completely out and wash my body afterwards of course.

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  33. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hey everyone. I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my arms and right above my knees. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had them and actually had something done to cure them or to help them. I'm really self conscious of them so that's the worst part. I'm embarassed to wear shorts that show them and they just make me feel uncomfortable. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks! :)

    *I am a teenager*

    • ANSWER:
      I'm also a teenager who has keratosis pilaris. I haven't actually tried it, but I've heard a lot about a line of products by Derma Doctor called KP Duty. They make a lotion and an exfoliating scrub, which have both received consistent 5-star reviews on many websites. Many people say using a loofah everyday will help, but that hasn't worked for me. Hope I helped!

      (here is a link to KP Duty)
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris and am desperate to get rid of it. Anybody that knows a way to get rid of it, has an idea or has experienced it themselves could u please help. this is making me very self conscious :(

    thx so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had this condition as well. The "permanent goosebumps" may not seem like a big deal to other people, but I understand how you feel! I have found KP will resolve once nutritional deficiencies are resolved.

      The two main things needed are:

      1. High quality omega-3 supplement like Neptune Antarctic Krill oil. You will also need to back off consumption of omega-6 rich foods because omega-6 competes with omega-3 for absorption.

      2. Adequate minerals. You will want to consider how mineral rich your diet is (probably a little low is my guess!) as well as how well you are absorbing the minerals you take in. Some things that helped me are Vital Earth fulvic minerals (results in just days), cultured foods and drinks (like kombucha, kefir and kimchee) and a Betaine HCl pill that helps me to break down and absorb the foods I eat. I tend to have low stomach acid (many if not most people do!) which makes it difficult to absorb nutrients, especially minerals and fats. No wonder I had KP!

      Try the recommended things above and see how your skin improves.

      CC

  35. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    OK, so I worked out and got a really awesome body and the only thing stopping me from wearing a bathing suit is the keratosis pilaris on my legs. Does anybody know a GREAT way to cure them?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try "oil pulling" with coconut oil, take a look at this link
      http://www.keratosispilaris.org/showthread.php?t=4335
      It looks like it could be an answer, hopefully this helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the keratosis pilaris treatment "oil pulling"?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and I have been reading up on all kinds of treatments as there's no cure. "Oil pulling" is what most people have found to be effective treatment, I keep seeing it again and again but, one problem, nobody actually explains exactly what it is! Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Oil pulling means to swish a vegetable oil around in your mouth, kind of like mouthwash. I like using coconut oil because it tastes best. It kills germs in your mouth and is pretty effective (if you ever get a toothache, it really does help!). But it doesn't do much for skin conditions, unless those conditions are caused by too much bacteria in your mouth...
      If you want to try it, it wouldn't hurt, but honestly I don't see it doing much for you lol

      Try scrubbing the area gently with some wet brown sugar while in the shower, then rub a bit of diluted apple cider vinegar on the area. This is what I do and it helps

  37. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    i have keratosis pilaris on my face, upper arms and upper thighs. ive been to a dermatologist and received creams, but they didnt work. how can i get rid of keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    i bought salt scrub bar it sais on it gently buff and smooth you skin with exfoliating sea salt ,loofah and softening sweet almond oil..will this help a little bit? can i use it everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris <<<read this website and there are some treatments for it.

  39. QUESTION:
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    i bought salt scrub bar it sais on it gently buff and smooth you skin with exfoliating sea salt ,loofah and softening sweet almond oil..will this help a little bit?

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris (KP); however, there are effective treatments available in our forums.
      http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      Moisturizing lotions are often soothing and may help the appearance of the skin. Skin creams with medications containing urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D may be recommended by your physician. However, improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001462.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    how can I be cured from Keratosis pilaris?
    Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition in which keratin protein forms within hair follicles thus making the skin appear scaly or like chicken skin.Keratosis pilaris symptoms vary – it can be found on your face, arms or thighs. It can be very bumpy or very red or both.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing helps except for carrot juice. Carrot juice has been shown to either cure and or significantly reduce the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms for some people. To get results however you will want to drink a pint of carrot juice daily until the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms begin to disappear. It is thought that the reason carrot juice is effective in treating Keratosis Pilaris is because of the high levels of vitamin A within the fresh juice. Vitamin A is one of the most important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair. You could buy it at Wal-Mart. You could also search on google for keratosis pilaris/carrot juice.

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What do you think causes Keratosis Pilaris?
    Genetics is a stupid answer that doctors give us so they can gain profit from us buying creams that only cover the symptoms. I believe people who have family history of Keratosis Pilaris are more susceptible to it, though.

    What do you think causes this annoying problem that covers my face?

    • ANSWER:
      for acne,fair complexion,tanning,sunburn,marks,
      spots,make up tips,hair issues n other skin n hair problems
      u can refer to dis website
      http://skincaretipps2733.notlong.com
      it has got so many tips n free beauty samples
      for curing acne and all your skin problems

  42. QUESTION:
    Will there ever be a cure for Keratosis Pilaris?
    Keratosis Pilaris is a skin disorder which you are born with it. I am aware there are treatments, but I'm wondering will somebody make a cure for it to vanish off my skin forever?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. It is not life threatening. So most pharmaceutical companies wouldn't bother with the research to find a cure or develop more specific treatments. You could go to college and go into research yourself and make this a priority though. It often takes someone with a personal interest in something to find a breakthrough.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is bare essentials makeup good coverage for keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris (very dry, red marks) on the face and arms and was just wondering is bare minerals good coverage of this? currently using estee lauder which i find i have to cake on for coverage, hate it! thanks for any help

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    How to make Keratosis Pilaris less noticable?
    So i have keratosis pilaris? and i know you cant get rid of so dont answer saying "you cant", i dont wanna hear that bs. i just wanna know how to make it less noticable? its realy embarrasing.

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a moisturizing lotion that has alpha hydroxy acid in it. That's what my dermatologist recommended for me and it seemed to work.

      I haven't had problems in a while, ever since I found a bath soap that really moisturizes my skin. I use Dove's extra rich moisturizing soap. It comes in a maroon bottle. I scrub with one of those nylon net poufy things. My skin looks great now.

  45. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how to reduce the redness in keratosis pilaris?
    i have had keratosis pilaris since about 8 months of age. does anyone know anything that really helps with the redness.that is what is most embaressing for me cause everyone can see it from a mile away.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a cream such as Acid mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 after bathing, and re-apply the cream again several times daily.

      If this does not help, change to a medicated cream containing urea (Curel, Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily - it may be too irritating to use more often. More aggressive home treatment can be done if ones skin can tolerate it. The plugged pores can be removed by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or 'Buf-Puf'.

      Prescription medicines that may help include antibiotics (Erythromycin, Bactrim) if the spots are very red and Tazorac Cream. Tazorac, a relative of vitamin A, may cause irritation in some people.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have Keratosis Pilaris, and will it fade over years?
    I have these little bumps on my arms and legs (they almost cover them entirely) and sometimes have dead skin attached to the end of the hair. Is this keratosis pilaris?

    I use exfoliating gloves all the time but it doesn't seem to be working.

    I'm only a teenager, so it might fade but is there a chance that it won't?

    Thank-you (in advance)

    :) 8D

    • ANSWER:
      It seems like you have Keratosis Pilaris because i used to have the same exact thing. It may fade away, but if it hasn't faded when your 16 or so, you might have it your lifetime.

      If you would like to get rid of them, i have solutions because i tried these and it definetly worked for me.

      From now on, Put lotion on the area where bumps are present.
      And try to keep this area mosterized.

      There is a lotion out there to treat Keratosis Pilaris. It's called Amlactin. Usually found in Costco. It should be gone if you used it everyday when the bottle is half empty.

      If that does not work, see a local dermatologists for they can give you prescribed medicine for it.

      Hope i helped =]]

  47. QUESTION:
    Can you join the marines with Keratosis pilaris?
    I've recently found out that i have keratosis pilaris but it's not all severe i've never had to have medicine for it. It's on my top arms near the biceps and a little on my shoulders. Although I've always noticed the bumps and never thought anything of it.
    I talked to a friend and he said it'd probably be passable cause I've never had to use medicine.
    I need some help with this.

    I'm 17.

    • ANSWER:
      its not contagious or infectious. I think your good !

  48. QUESTION:
    Will the keratosis pilaris on my upper right arm disqualify me from joining army at MEPS?
    I have small dry bumps all over my upper right arm. Ive had them ever since i was little. I have some scarring from picking and i have tan skin so the scarring is a little dark. I think it is some thing called "keratosis pilaris" but ive always been told it was dry skin. I was wanting to know if its something i should worry about. I really dont want to be disqualified.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, it's considered to be an STD.

  49. QUESTION:
    how can i cure my keratosis pilaris?
    i have keratosis pilaris, which is like red bumps all over my thighs and upper arms. i've tried alot of different lotions and exfoliators. what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure unfortunately. Just scrubbing with a luffa sponge, and then applying a lotion that is rich with vitamin E helps quite a bit. Applying lotions when you wake up and like an hour before you go to bed helps too.


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What To Use For Keratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does birth control make Keratosis Pilaris any better?
    I've heard Keratosis Pilaris gets worse with hormones, and birth control decreases hormones so... Any ideas on whether it could help decrease the sight of it?

    I'm 16, i have horrible Keratosis Pilaris, but i'm only planning on going on the pill if it will help my KP.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure. I'm 18 and also have keratosis pilaris, but it usually gets better as you age, or completely goes away. I've noticed that mine has gotten a lot better. It used to be really bad on my arms when I was around 14; now it's not that noticeable.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some Over the Counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    From doing some research, and looking at pictures, I believe I have keratosis pilaris (on my thighs). What are some over the counter treatments that work well to cure keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      Because it is hereditary, there is no way to cure or prevent keratosis pilaris. However, it may lessen over time with age.

      In some patients, the condition clears up on its own. When it does not, patients may choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. There are several treatments aimed at softening the keratin deposits in the skin to improve its appearance. They include:

      Moisturizing lotions. Dry skin makes the condition worse, so applying moisturizer twice daily is important. Lotions that contain urea help the skin retain moisture and products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid help to dissolve and exfoliate the keratin. Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing.

      Loofah sponges or brushes. Rubbing the affected areas after a long soak in a hot bath may help to unclog the plugged hair follicles.

      Topical retinoids. Class of chemical compounds that are chemically related to vitamin A. These drugs regulate skin growth but can be very irritating.

      These are just a couple of the available treatment for keratosis pilaris. Take a look at this site for some additional information that I think you'll find helpful : ) It's great that you're educating yourself!

      http://skin.health.ivillage.com/acneblemish/keratosispilaris.cfm

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce my Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hi everyone,

    i just found out i have keratosis pilaris, it is all over my upper thighs and back legs. With it being summer time it is extremely embarrassing to have this on my legs. I know it can not be cured but is there any over the counter/home remedies i can do to reduce the redness and bumps? Any help would be great!

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by over growths of dead skin over the hair follicle. The quickest and easy fix is a chemical exfoliant (for example a Glycol based one that you would use on your face) or even a physical exfoliant will clear it up in as little as three weeks. Enjoy your clear skin!

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Ok so I've had keratosis pilaris for practically all of my life. Its been bugging me ever since. So today I went to the doctor and they said I indeed have keratosis pilaris, and gave me a prescription to buy this special lotion. I don't know how else can I resolve this quicker and make the bumps go away and feel smooth.

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris isn't curable, but this will diminish it's visibility..

      There is this new popular cream that people have been talking about.

      It was even televised on TV.

      It prevents future and existing acne, diminishes scars, and lightens skin and blemishes. Fast results too! (It's been claimed that major results can be seen within a week and no later than two weeks)

      Before and After photos are available at the given ebay site.

      This person is providing 1-3 week trial samples (Only for ONE DOLLAR.. definitely a deal) on ebay at:

      Search up "Cee En's Acne Solution" or "best acne solution ever" on ebay.

      First 100 customers can get the item for for one week trial and up to 3 weeks. Or you can purchase 1 month supply for or 6 month supply for 0

      It's expensive, but the product DOES work.

      My sister and cousin who both have major acne have tried the product and they both give it thumbs up. I have also heard many great feedbacks about this cream.

      I don't have a problem with acne, but it seems to have great results on my sister who has moderate to severe acne. Her acne swelling went away overnight.

      check the seller's feedbacks on the cream

      I hope this helps. =)

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, legs, and back. My mum won't let me see a dermatologist because she things I do not have to, but the little red bumps (not acne they are keratosis pilaris) and red patches are so embarrassing especially with summer coming. Plz help. Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      I just googled this myself earlier today and found there is actually quite a lot of information online from other sufferers talking about what helped or didn't help them. Mostly they suggest using a moisturising body wash and a loofa in a circular motion. Pat the skin dry and follow up by using a good moisturiser. Others are suggesting eliminating dairy or wheat from your diet. Some people say tanning or steam baths or saunas have helped them. I know how embarrassing this is for you as it really bothered me too as a teenager, but it isn't the end of the world. I think you should just google keratosis and try some of the things that others have suggested for yourself.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best product for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my buttocks and I have been researching different products. There are quite a few and I don't know which to go with. There's Glytone, KP duty, Biotreatment. Has anyone had success with any of these or a better product? I have dark olive skin and I scar very easily...even without picking, so I'm hoping for a product that helps with that as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. It is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any inexpensive and affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and I haven't been able to find anything that really works. I've gotten lotions from my doctor but that doesn't completely help.
    Is there any inexpensive and affective treatment that really helps or helped you?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a loofah to exfolitate:

      To treat keratosis pilaris patients can try several strategies to lessen the bumps. First, the patient can supplement the natural removal of dry skin and papules by using a loofah or another type of scrub showering or bathing. A variety of different over-the-counter (OTC) lotions, ointments, and creams can also be applied after showering while the skin is still moist and then several times a day to keep the area moist. Medicated lotions with urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A can also be prescribed by the dermatologist and applied one to two times daily. Systemic (oral) medications are not prescribed for keratosis pilaris. However if papules are opened and become infected, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection.

      I hope using a loofah, or something similar, helps you. As you no doubt already knew (and can read in the article), keratosis pilaris is difficult to treat. Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris on my upper arm?
    keratosis pilaris is a skin condition and is in my whole family. I have poped the spots and tgere are now scabs. How can i get rid of the scabs and the spots.

    • ANSWER:
      watch this it might help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk&feature=related

  10. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for treating Keratosis Pilaris on your face and arms?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my face and arms. I already drink lots of water, use some baby oil on my arms, and use a face cream/scrub. What would be a better alternative instead of using baby oil and face scrub. What is your favorite treatment. Btw, water helps a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Scrubs containing AHA (glycolic acid)

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce the appearance and the feel of keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my thighs and it feels bumpy to the touch and it is red bumps. How can I reduce the appearance and make it feel smoother? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Micro-dermabrasion is being used and getting great results..The micro-dermab removes the surface skin and the suction of the machine helps remove the keratin plugs..It cost about 35-50 dollars..This is not the deep dermabrasion that the dermatologist can also do..
      You can help the appearance with the right at home care..NEVER use soap..Use a soap free cleanser..Cetaphil is good and you can get it at most stores and it is inexpensive..Use the Cetaphil moisturizer too..You can exfoliate your skin with a buff-puff or loofah..It will help but the suction action of the dermabrasion machine will remove most of the keratin plugs..I can't see your skin and you shouldn't have this done if your skin is raw or inflamed..You really should see a dermatologist at least once.The average office visit is around 75 and many will give yo a free consultation..Don't be afraid to ask..Helping you online like this is really meant for advise..The options are out there.You must let a Dr see your skin and help you..

  12. QUESTION:
    Does Acneticin really work for getting rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 13 and have Keratosis Pilaris. I've heard of this pill called Acneticin. From the reviews all around the web, I guess it's like a miracle. How many of you have used this before and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, the Acneticin is an acne treatment that is for people that haven’t seen significant results from the many run of the mill topical treatments. Almost all of these topical treatments contain some form of ìcleansing agentî, usually benzoyl peroxide. These agents are very mild acids that ìburn awayî dead skin, allowing younger skin to rise to the surface and flourish.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can i make my keratosis pilaris go away?
    I'm 14 and have keratosis pilaris on my arms, chest, back, stomach, legs and really bad on my thighs and butt. What are the best non prescription things that you found to work for you. And i already know that there is not permanent cure and it's hereditary and only cosmetic but what are ways that you know work for you and are relatively easy?

    • ANSWER:
      Aveeno lotions help me out a lot. I have like the whole line of products and they have helped me keep it under control for the most part.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of redness from keratosis pilaris?
    I know you cant cure keratosis pilaris but is there anyway to get rid of the redness?Beause the bumps dont really bug me that much.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try a steriod or anti-inflammatory cream, this should take the redness away within a week - good luck :)

  16. QUESTION:
    I have Keratosis Pilaris, what kind of foundation do you recommend to cover redness?
    I have keratosis pilaris and I was wondering if anyone knows of a foundation that'll cover redness and will last throughout the day. Some brands work but after about an hour or so or when I get really hot the redness on my face shows through...I've tried max factor it works best so far. I've also tried mineral makeups they dont work at all for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Do u get maybelline brands where u live??? Cos maybelline liquid to powder finish is xellent. It blends really well. Leaves skin flawless. Or else u buy a foundation which nearly matches ur skin tone or one which is a shade darker.This one is also gr8 for people with an oily complexion or a normal one.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I heal my keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my upper arms and all around my upper legs. What can I do to improve my skin and help cure this? I have used a steroid base lotion prescribed by my doctor and I have also tried an over the counter lotion but they only help to a certain degree and then the improvement seems to plateau. Is there anything else I can try?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, there is no cure for keratosis pilaris. I have it too, and after meeting with a few dermatologists, I have discovered that all you can really do is wait for it to go away. Most people outgrow keratosis pilaris in their twenties or so. However it does help to keep the area moisturized, especially if you are using some sort of treatment on it.

  18. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my skin condition, keratosis pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. I was born with it and I get little white bumps on my arms and legs. It looks like pimples/acne but it's not. I have tried every lotion and scrub, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have this skin condition who has had success in reducing the bumpy appearance?

    Also, because I have been picking at the bumps for years, I've gotten scars. Is there a good cream or lotion to make the scars fade away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep on scrubbing and loading on products with tons of chemicals it is only going to make your skin get more irritated. If I were you I would such to all organic products. Coconut and emu oil are wonderful for skin. Raw organic shea butter is wonderful also.

      Try going to a health store or look online..I get everything from rose mountain.

      There are many organic oils out there that help reduce inflammation, reddness, scars, etc.

  19. QUESTION:
    What would work better for keratosis pilaris scars: bio oil or maderma?
    I have scars all over my arms from picking and scratching at my bumps on my arms, also know as keratosis pilaris. I have heard good things about both, but before i go and spend on cream, i want to know whats better! And if anyone had keratosis pilaris and used a different cream to get rid of the scars, please let me know!!!
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend using Bio Oil. Its natural and from what ive seen cheaper. But i would recommend exfoliating your arms with any thing that will remove any dead skin and then rub on the Bio Oil. only thing is its really sticky so don't put it on right before you go to bed it will get on everything.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and its very noticeable (especially in the winter) are there any cures for it? Like to make it completely go away? I would really love to get rid of this! Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Can keratosis pilaris alba be removed by a laser?
    I have keratosis pilaris alba on my upper thighs and buttocks, and I want it gone. I've tried many creams and such, but nothing works, and it's pain having to put lotion on all the time. Is laser keratosis removal possible? If it is, do you have any idea how much it is?

    • ANSWER:
      ive had it on my upper arm for 5 yrs now and just like you ive tried so many creams and lotions and went to so many doctors .. and nothing works

      i think laser (for hair removal) does help because 6 months ago i went to this dermatologist and she did a little test on my arm and now six months later the area where i did the test is clear without any spots and also NO HAIR.. .
      i waited this long because i have sensitive skin and i wanted to see if it really does work .. and it did

      and she also said that it does go away 70% after 4 or 5 sessions
      im gonna go do my full arms soon cuz im really sick of it

      why dont you go make a test ,,,most laser centers do make a small test .. im sure it will work ..

      good luck :)

  22. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    i have eczema, and this keratosis pilaris came during my flareup and i have never ever had it and now my whole body is covered in these skin coloured bumps, is there a way to get rid of this?
    any cleansing baths? or scrubs or remedies? i really just want my skin to go back to normal!
    is it normal for keratosis pilaris to just come out of nowhere? is it curable? are there any prescriptions like betamethasone or any other steroids that can fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatments, elixirs, etc. are just going to be a waste.

      The quickest and easy fix is a chemical exfoliant (for example a Glycol based one that you would use on your face) or even a physical exfoliant will clear it up in as little as three weeks. Enjoy your clear skin!

  23. QUESTION:
    How to diminish the look of keratosis pilaris?
    Well I think I have keratosis pilaris, people told me they might be ingrown hairs but it's not going away. I exfoliate with sugar and my dial body wash on my legs because that's where I have it. Does anyone know how to make the spots less noticeable and blend with my skin better.? Any products that help would be REALLY helpful. Thank you ☺

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP too... it IS the hair follicles, but not ingrown hairs, it's just that the skin cells from the follicles for some reason doesn;t shed in the normal way. The only think you can do is use a loofah or exfoliating sponge on the areas.... using products is expensive and a waste... all you need to do is get rid of the dead skin that is accumulating around the hair follicles, and then use just an ordinary light body lotion.

  24. QUESTION:
    Need suggestions for products to manage keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my back and shoulders. I exfoliate and moisturize like I was told to do, but this doesn't help with the redness. Although it keeps my skin smooth and healthy otherwise. I was wondering what products some of the users on here have tried that help the redness. There is a gel called Keralyt by Summers Laboratories that I want to try but it's a bit pricey. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on the bottom part of my cheeks, on my chest, and a little on my back. I use differin cream acne medicine, cetaphil cleanser, and eucerin calming cream moisturizer. The moisturizer is to reduce redness and works great. I also use mary kay microdermabrasia* which is great but expensive. (any sandy exfoliant is great)

      You have to go to the dermatologist for differin cream or gel but it works so good. Its made by the same company that makes cetaphil. Definately try eucerin its cheap.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does Amlactin really work for Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hello everyone, I just bought a bottle of Amlactin lotion 3 days ago, and I was wondering if it really truely works for keratosis pilaris? Has it worked for you, and if so how long does it generally take to see improvements/results? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      YES IT DOES!!!! I have really bad keratosis pilaris. Amlactin worked within the first two weeks. It didn't completely eliminate the condition, but it makes it less noticeable. I swear by Amlactin!! However, if you stop using it, the keratosis pilaris comes back.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you recover from Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have severe Karatosis Pilaris on my legs. It's been such a long time since I've wore skirts. I've had it for almost 2 years and it won't go away. It's starting to bother me so much and the doctors don't know what to do...

    Does anyone know of any cures of Keratosis Pilaris? Does Laser Treatment work?

    • ANSWER:
      Try looking at these sites:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratosis-pilaris/DS00769
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      This site is by someone who also has KP:
      http://www.epinions.com/content_970694788

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Hi i have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris Is there any treatment for it?
    What is keratosis pilaris and how do you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis it is a genetic folicular condition which can be treated with the help of Forever Living Products. I know some one who has used these products successfully

      http://www.freewebs.com/aloe2you/

  28. QUESTION:
    How to reduce sight of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had red bumps on my arms for years now, and after much online research, I've come to the conclusion that these bumps are Keratosis Pilaris.

    I'm wanting to know how to reduce the sight of them. I've heard using a scrub with a loofah helps, but what kind of scrub? Also, I heard lotion helps, but I'm not sure what kind...Cetaphil, Eucerin, AmLactin, etc.

    I'd appreciate any advice! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had KP for a very long time and I have tried everything to get rid of it. But I have recently discovered a lotion called KP Duty. After two days, the red bumps were gone completely and the redness was reduced. It has been a week and the redness has been greatly reduced. However, the lotion is a bit pricey () but it does spread easily so you don't need a lot of it. Hope this helps. :)

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it a good idea to use hair removal creams such as Veet or Revitol, on areas affected with keratosis pilaris?
    I found this idea on a keratosis pilaris message board:

    ttp://www.keratosispilaris.org/general-discussion/6182-maybe-answer-hair-removal-products.html

    So, anyone here think it would it work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with my doctor. You dont' want to make the problem worse.

      GL

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to cover Keratosis Pilaris for a few hours?
    I have severe Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and it sucks that I cannot wear skirts, shorts, swim suits or anything short. Its been here for almost 2 years now and I don't know what to do.

    I was wondering if anyone knows how I could cover it for a couple hours or something. I wanna wear a nice skirt and sit by the lake :(...

    • ANSWER:
      You might try tanning once or twice a week, this has proved to be very effective. The use of tea tree oil and Lubriderm at night has also proved of benefit. When washing in the evening, try sulphur soap with a body scrubber. Clearasil vanishing cream and Lubriderm again in the morning. This should give you a continuing improvement.
      I add a link which discuses the condition.

      http://www.aocd.org/skin
      /dermatologic_diseases/
      keratosis_pilaris.html

      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  31. QUESTION:
    where can i find a Keratosis Pilaris Kit?
    i realized i have keratosis pilaris...but i was wondering if they have kits or lotions or something at stores nearby stores like cvs, walmart, target...those kind of stores? do you know? i tried looking online but its hard to findout if those stores have them.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have Keratosis pilaris for as long as i could remember (im 15 now ) , theres actually no cure for it whatsoever but there are creams that could lessen the redness and the bumps. I havent used any creams yet for mine so i cant recommend anything.
      I think theyre might be a cream called KPduty or something liek that you could look it up

      good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    What lotion should i use for my Keratosis Pilaris?
    I heard that Amlactin or Eucerin works, but if you have used one which one was it and did it work?
    Or which lotion have you heard works best for keratosis pilaris.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    What lotion should i use for my Keratosis Pilaris?
    I heard that Amlactin or Eucerin works, but if you have used one which one was it and did it work?
    Or which lotion have you heard works best for keratosis pilaris.

    • ANSWER:
      Derma Doctor KP Derm. My girlfriend says it works wonders. Sephora.com

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hey everyone. I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my arms and right above my knees. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had them and actually had something done to cure them or to help them. I'm really self conscious of them so that's the worst part. I'm embarassed to wear shorts that show them and they just make me feel uncomfortable. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks! :)

    *I am a teenager*

    • ANSWER:
      I'm also a teenager who has keratosis pilaris. I haven't actually tried it, but I've heard a lot about a line of products by Derma Doctor called KP Duty. They make a lotion and an exfoliating scrub, which have both received consistent 5-star reviews on many websites. Many people say using a loofah everyday will help, but that hasn't worked for me. Hope I helped!

      (here is a link to KP Duty)
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/

  35. QUESTION:
    I was wondering about girls and keratosis pilaris?
    I know that 50% or so girls are affected by keratosis pilaris but at my school there is not one girl who I can see with it. At prom everyones arms were KP free. I am an 18 yr old male with KP and I know some fat guys who have it and I use to be fat. Do you have to be fat to get keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you don't have to be fat. And the KP is smaller on women than men, because we're smaller overall. And we spend a lot more time caring for our skin than guys do. We exfoliate, scrub, and moisturize. If you did that, your KP would be less visible too.

  36. QUESTION:
    If I have Keratosis Pilaris can I use shampoo with keratin in it?
    I have keratosis pilaris which is when my body creates too much keratin and leaves bumps all over my arms... I am wanting to use a shampoo and conditioner with keratin in it because it would make my coarse hair soft. Can I use it? Or would it make my skin condition worse? I would rinse it completely out and wash my body afterwards of course.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Can Keratosis Pilaris disqualify you from the Air Force?
    I go to MEPS in about a week and was wondering if having Keratosis Pilaris on my arms is a problem. It doesn't bother me, it's not contagious, and I don't have any prescription for it.

    (Wikipedia: Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy.)

    It shouldn't be a problem right? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually a fairly common condition, my husband has it and it's never prevented him from anything. If it's bothering you, try exfoliating the area and applying a lotion with urea or lactic acid in it.

  38. QUESTION:
    When and how often should I apply Apple Cider Vinegar on my Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've been suffering from Keratosis Pilaris (those acne-like red bumps) on both of my upper arms for years now. After a lot of research, I came across a forum suggesting that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can cure KP and many of the users praised ACV as a cure. For those whom it worked for: how often should I apply ACV on my arms and during which time of the day (morning, afternoon or night) ? Help is much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      once a day homie, there is a mixture on my source site that is suppose to work, i'm heading towards to store tonight to make my own lotion

  39. QUESTION:
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    i bought salt scrub bar it sais on it gently buff and smooth you skin with exfoliating sea salt ,loofah and softening sweet almond oil..will this help a little bit? can i use it everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris <<<read this website and there are some treatments for it.

  40. QUESTION:
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    I got Keratosis Pilaris how can i get rid of them?
    i bought salt scrub bar it sais on it gently buff and smooth you skin with exfoliating sea salt ,loofah and softening sweet almond oil..will this help a little bit?

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris (KP); however, there are effective treatments available in our forums.
      http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      Moisturizing lotions are often soothing and may help the appearance of the skin. Skin creams with medications containing urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D may be recommended by your physician. However, improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001462.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris and am desperate to get rid of it. Anybody that knows a way to get rid of it, has an idea or has experienced it themselves could u please help. this is making me very self conscious :(

    thx so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had this condition as well. The "permanent goosebumps" may not seem like a big deal to other people, but I understand how you feel! I have found KP will resolve once nutritional deficiencies are resolved.

      The two main things needed are:

      1. High quality omega-3 supplement like Neptune Antarctic Krill oil. You will also need to back off consumption of omega-6 rich foods because omega-6 competes with omega-3 for absorption.

      2. Adequate minerals. You will want to consider how mineral rich your diet is (probably a little low is my guess!) as well as how well you are absorbing the minerals you take in. Some things that helped me are Vital Earth fulvic minerals (results in just days), cultured foods and drinks (like kombucha, kefir and kimchee) and a Betaine HCl pill that helps me to break down and absorb the foods I eat. I tend to have low stomach acid (many if not most people do!) which makes it difficult to absorb nutrients, especially minerals and fats. No wonder I had KP!

      Try the recommended things above and see how your skin improves.

      CC

  42. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    OK, so I worked out and got a really awesome body and the only thing stopping me from wearing a bathing suit is the keratosis pilaris on my legs. Does anybody know a GREAT way to cure them?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try "oil pulling" with coconut oil, take a look at this link
      http://www.keratosispilaris.org/showthread.php?t=4335
      It looks like it could be an answer, hopefully this helps!

  43. QUESTION:
    how can I be cured from Keratosis pilaris?
    Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition in which keratin protein forms within hair follicles thus making the skin appear scaly or like chicken skin.Keratosis pilaris symptoms vary – it can be found on your face, arms or thighs. It can be very bumpy or very red or both.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing helps except for carrot juice. Carrot juice has been shown to either cure and or significantly reduce the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms for some people. To get results however you will want to drink a pint of carrot juice daily until the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms begin to disappear. It is thought that the reason carrot juice is effective in treating Keratosis Pilaris is because of the high levels of vitamin A within the fresh juice. Vitamin A is one of the most important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair. You could buy it at Wal-Mart. You could also search on google for keratosis pilaris/carrot juice.

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the keratosis pilaris treatment "oil pulling"?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and I have been reading up on all kinds of treatments as there's no cure. "Oil pulling" is what most people have found to be effective treatment, I keep seeing it again and again but, one problem, nobody actually explains exactly what it is! Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Oil pulling means to swish a vegetable oil around in your mouth, kind of like mouthwash. I like using coconut oil because it tastes best. It kills germs in your mouth and is pretty effective (if you ever get a toothache, it really does help!). But it doesn't do much for skin conditions, unless those conditions are caused by too much bacteria in your mouth...
      If you want to try it, it wouldn't hurt, but honestly I don't see it doing much for you lol

      Try scrubbing the area gently with some wet brown sugar while in the shower, then rub a bit of diluted apple cider vinegar on the area. This is what I do and it helps

  45. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    i have keratosis pilaris on my face, upper arms and upper thighs. ive been to a dermatologist and received creams, but they didnt work. how can i get rid of keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Are Laser treatment or surgeries work for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my legs for the past two years. I've tried so many dermo suggested creams, drink a lot of water, and take vitamins but nothing seems to work.

    I'm thinking about getting a Lesar Treatment or a surgery. Do you think it would work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would be interested to know if you have tried Tretinoin for this. This usually gets worse in the winter, better in the summer. Be sure your vitamins inslude Vitamin A.

  47. QUESTION:
    What do you think causes Keratosis Pilaris?
    Genetics is a stupid answer that doctors give us so they can gain profit from us buying creams that only cover the symptoms. I believe people who have family history of Keratosis Pilaris are more susceptible to it, though.

    What do you think causes this annoying problem that covers my face?

    • ANSWER:
      for acne,fair complexion,tanning,sunburn,marks,
      spots,make up tips,hair issues n other skin n hair problems
      u can refer to dis website
      http://skincaretipps2733.notlong.com
      it has got so many tips n free beauty samples
      for curing acne and all your skin problems

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have Keratosis Pilaris, and will it fade over years?
    I have these little bumps on my arms and legs (they almost cover them entirely) and sometimes have dead skin attached to the end of the hair. Is this keratosis pilaris?

    I use exfoliating gloves all the time but it doesn't seem to be working.

    I'm only a teenager, so it might fade but is there a chance that it won't?

    Thank-you (in advance)

    :) 8D

    • ANSWER:
      It seems like you have Keratosis Pilaris because i used to have the same exact thing. It may fade away, but if it hasn't faded when your 16 or so, you might have it your lifetime.

      If you would like to get rid of them, i have solutions because i tried these and it definetly worked for me.

      From now on, Put lotion on the area where bumps are present.
      And try to keep this area mosterized.

      There is a lotion out there to treat Keratosis Pilaris. It's called Amlactin. Usually found in Costco. It should be gone if you used it everyday when the bottle is half empty.

      If that does not work, see a local dermatologists for they can give you prescribed medicine for it.

      Hope i helped =]]

  49. QUESTION:
    Will there ever be a cure for Keratosis Pilaris?
    Keratosis Pilaris is a skin disorder which you are born with it. I am aware there are treatments, but I'm wondering will somebody make a cure for it to vanish off my skin forever?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. It is not life threatening. So most pharmaceutical companies wouldn't bother with the research to find a cure or develop more specific treatments. You could go to college and go into research yourself and make this a priority though. It often takes someone with a personal interest in something to find a breakthrough.


what to use for keratosis pilaris

How Do You Treat Keratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are some ways i can treat Keratosis Pilaris alba?
    I have this on my fore arm close to my elbows but one has alot more. but i dont have alot still. but want to treat it

    Keratosis Pilaris alba

    what are some ways to help it go away or have less of these bumps?

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliate

  2. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for treating Keratosis Pilaris on your face and arms?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my face and arms. I already drink lots of water, use some baby oil on my arms, and use a face cream/scrub. What would be a better alternative instead of using baby oil and face scrub. What is your favorite treatment. Btw, water helps a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Scrubs containing AHA (glycolic acid)

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I mix cod liver oil with to make it more palatable?
    I am trying to make my body's utilization of vitamin A more efficient, as to treat Keratosis pilaris.

    • ANSWER:
      Make a glass of Hot Tea w/ Lemon and honey or mint.. Anything w/ citrus or mint essence helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    any tips for treating keratosis pilaris?
    any tips for treating keratosis pilaris?
    i have it on my upper arms and thighs, it is quite severe and i am very self conscious about it, what could i try before going to the doctors

    • ANSWER:
      This condition usually gets worse in cold weather & clears up in the summer by itself. It tends also to be hereditary. See your doctor for a prescription, but there is another treatment you could try with petroleum jelly mixed with water or cold cream which may help flatten the bumps.Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there any inexpensive and affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and I haven't been able to find anything that really works. I've gotten lotions from my doctor but that doesn't completely help.
    Is there any inexpensive and affective treatment that really helps or helped you?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a loofah to exfolitate:

      To treat keratosis pilaris patients can try several strategies to lessen the bumps. First, the patient can supplement the natural removal of dry skin and papules by using a loofah or another type of scrub showering or bathing. A variety of different over-the-counter (OTC) lotions, ointments, and creams can also be applied after showering while the skin is still moist and then several times a day to keep the area moist. Medicated lotions with urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A can also be prescribed by the dermatologist and applied one to two times daily. Systemic (oral) medications are not prescribed for keratosis pilaris. However if papules are opened and become infected, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection.

      I hope using a loofah, or something similar, helps you. As you no doubt already knew (and can read in the article), keratosis pilaris is difficult to treat. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Hi i have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris Is there any treatment for it?
    What is keratosis pilaris and how do you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis it is a genetic folicular condition which can be treated with the help of Forever Living Products. I know some one who has used these products successfully

      http://www.freewebs.com/aloe2you/

  7. QUESTION:
    what should i do about foreign matter in prescription face lotion?
    my 4 yr old daughter uses a prescription cream (urealic cream) to treat her keratosis pilaris. with the previous prescriptions (same type) there wasn't issues. but this bottle has glass like fibers in it which irritates even my palms. the dermatologist told us these fibers shouldn't be in there, and the pharmacy said they do not mix this cream it comes pre-packaged from the company. I am thinking of seeking an attorney, how should i go about this

    • ANSWER:
      You should not use it ,take pictures(with time and date on it) of any affected areas for future reference and yes consult an attorney.The pharmacist should be taking the stock off the shelves and he could be in legal trouble also.Keep the bottle,your attorney might suggest to have it lab tested.See if you can get an alternative prescription in the meantime.

  8. QUESTION:
    how can I be cured from Keratosis pilaris?
    Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition in which keratin protein forms within hair follicles thus making the skin appear scaly or like chicken skin.Keratosis pilaris symptoms vary – it can be found on your face, arms or thighs. It can be very bumpy or very red or both.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing helps except for carrot juice. Carrot juice has been shown to either cure and or significantly reduce the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms for some people. To get results however you will want to drink a pint of carrot juice daily until the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms begin to disappear. It is thought that the reason carrot juice is effective in treating Keratosis Pilaris is because of the high levels of vitamin A within the fresh juice. Vitamin A is one of the most important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair. You could buy it at Wal-Mart. You could also search on google for keratosis pilaris/carrot juice.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hey I have this thing called keratosis pilaris. Does anybody have this and have any solutions on treating it????

    • ANSWER:
      i have that too on my legs - my mom has it so I guess its genetic, but I have no idea on how to treat. I'm so used to it now except when young kids ask me whats wrong with my legs.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to treat or get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    Keratosis pilaris is a genetic skin disease that is actually pretty common.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      My daughter and I also use Mustela Baby Lotion. It doesn't make it go away completely but it helps a lot. You can find it at BabiesRUs or on www.babycenter.com.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have Keratosis Pilaris, and will it fade over years?
    I have these little bumps on my arms and legs (they almost cover them entirely) and sometimes have dead skin attached to the end of the hair. Is this keratosis pilaris?

    I use exfoliating gloves all the time but it doesn't seem to be working.

    I'm only a teenager, so it might fade but is there a chance that it won't?

    Thank-you (in advance)

    :) 8D

    • ANSWER:
      It seems like you have Keratosis Pilaris because i used to have the same exact thing. It may fade away, but if it hasn't faded when your 16 or so, you might have it your lifetime.

      If you would like to get rid of them, i have solutions because i tried these and it definetly worked for me.

      From now on, Put lotion on the area where bumps are present.
      And try to keep this area mosterized.

      There is a lotion out there to treat Keratosis Pilaris. It's called Amlactin. Usually found in Costco. It should be gone if you used it everyday when the bottle is half empty.

      If that does not work, see a local dermatologists for they can give you prescribed medicine for it.

      Hope i helped =]]

  12. QUESTION:
    Tips for helping clearing up Keratosis Pilaris?
    I just found out that I have Keratosis Pilaris.
    I've had it for a few years now, but I JUST found out!
    I'm only 13 years old.
    I'm going to the doctor's this weekend to get a note from him to go to a dermatologist.
    Can any one PLEASE give me links & tips for treating/clearing Keratosis Pilaris up?
    10 points = most helpful answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dermatologist will figure out a plan to help you out. It is not that uncommon, but gets worst with dry skin, so go ahead and go now, before the winter/dry skin gets here.
      See this article from Mayo Clinic:
      https://ssl.search.live.com/health/article.aspx?id=articles%2fmc%2fpages%2f2%2fDS00769.html&qu=Keratosis+Pilaris

      Good Luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any other ways to treat keratosis pilaris?
    Okay, so i'vew had keratosis pilaris on my arms, legs, and lower back for my whole life. i've tried everything to make it better... tanning, lotion with alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliation, etc. but nothing really works. are there any other ways to make it go away, at least mostly? i'm so sick of it and it makes me very self-conscious... i don't ever wear short-sleeved shirts or anything...

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How to treat my keratosis pilaris?
    I've had this condition for a very long time. It is located on my arms, above the elbows. I never really cared about them, but I'm just so sick of them and want to treat it. I know it's not curable but I just need some kind of home treatment to lessen it. It is so unflattering when I wear strappy dresses or tank tops, and with spring coming up and all. Plus I always scratch them when I'm stressed and pick at them, which isn't good, because now there is scarring to go along with the bumps.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      You're right that KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are NOT generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      The moisturizers you've mentioned are good. You could also add olive oil to that list. Olive oil is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a Keratosis Pilaris Alba? Only home remedies, please!?
    I want to treat my chicken skin so bad like, I want to wear t-shirts with no hoodies. And can you please tell me any medications that is inexpensive, and affordable -- also, home remedies! Please tell me as soon as possible! :D

    Thanks,
    ^that person

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratosis-pilaris/DS00769
      Read the article. It has home remedies.

  16. QUESTION:
    How Can I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 14 and I have Keratosis Pilaris (Kp) everywhere. Kp is a common genetic skin condition where you get little bumps on your skin. But mine is on my arms, forearms, thighs, face, neck, chest, stomach, and on my shoulder blades. It wont go away. I used Amlactin (lotion) tried everything! Not to be all into myself or anything, but I am an attractive person, but I cant let girls touch me becuz of my rough skin. Its ruining EVERYTHING! How can I treat this thing, plz help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP on my arms and legs and I just recently bought KP Elements exfoliating lotion... My arms are so smooth and it even reduces the redness too. Even after the first application, I noticed a big difference. It's about for a small jar of it but it's definitely worth the money. I am very grateful they made this product!

  17. QUESTION:
    How can i treat my KERATOSIS PILARIS?im kinda shy of showing my arms because i have it all over my arms?
    im shy of wearing short sleeved shirts because of my KERATOSIS PILARIS and it lowers my self esteem, i try to prick them every now and then and it tends to get darker and leaves scars, pls help me, how can i lighten this or prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      Ooo, don't prick them. It will definitely be more beneficial if you don't pick at them/prick them. I've had it since I was really young and it's already starting to fade (I'm 22) My case isn't that terrible, I only have it on my arms and it's not severe... but I do know that it sucks. lol.

      So yeah, as far as treatment goes, there are lotions you can use but that's about it. There's no 'cure' for it, though. If you want to treat it without seeing a doctor, just go out and find a really thick non-perfume lotion and apply that one or twice a day. Keratosis Pilaris lessens in time and it should eventually clear up 100%. It can be embarrassing but it's a really, really common thing so don't let it lower your self esteem! I'm sure it's hardly noticeable to anyone but yourself.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of arm acne?
    Or keratosis pilaris. I think that it is keratosis pilaris and I have a bad case of it on my arms. How do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Keratosis-Pilaris

      Do not pop it, it will cause blisters.

  19. QUESTION:
    My 9 year old daughter has keratosis pilaris. What would be the best treatment?
    My daughter is 9 years old and has keratosis pilaris on her upper arms and small amount on her face. She already complained that kids in the school noticed her condition. I went online and checked few websites but I couldn't find how exactly to treat it and what products are efective. Could anybody give us good advice? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Take her to a dermatologist. Over the counter products are unreliable and you risk irritating her skin. A doctor can recommend further treatment and probably a prescription skin cream for her face and arms.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a Good treatment for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I'm looking for a way to treat it. I know there is no cure, I just want to improve the appearance of it.

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris; however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation) .............. ll

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to slow down keratin production?
    I have keratosis pilaris and it's caused by an over production in the skin. Is there anything that i can use or take that will slow down the production of keratin.

    • ANSWER:
      you can't slow it down but you can treat it with a prescription cream called "carmol" which softens the skin. Also, you may not like this treatment, but you could pee on the affected area because your urine also contains urea which is the active ingredient in the carmol lotion.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of these "permanent goosebumps"?
    I have these "permanent goosebumps" along my outer, upper arms and thighs. It's this skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. I'll probably contact my dermatologist because I've had this forever and it's totally unattractive, but I was wondering if there was a way to treat it right at home?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same exact thing, and yeah it's incredibly hard to get rid of and all my dermatologist subscribed random oily lotions, but at Sephora they have this lotion called DermaDocter: KP Duty and it's actually for keratosis pilaris. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P73509
      they do go away a little as u get older but yeah they are annoying.

  23. QUESTION:
    Will a steroid cream administered to the skin show up in a drug test?
    I want to use a steroid cream on my arms to reduce the inflammation of my Keratosis pilaris. However, I'm nervous that somehow the steroid cream will show up as a positive for steroid use in a drug test. Is it possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Smith is right....

      The steroids that your doctor prescribes (like...cortisone or prednisone, i.e.) are called "corticosteroids" and are useful for treating a variety of illnesses that are usually immune-system related. These guys are legal with a prescription. These steroids would never make you "beef up"...no matter how much you took.

      Anabolic steroids are those drugs that people take for gaining muscle mass, etc...and are essentially synthetic testosterone and derivitives. The legality of these drugs depends upon their use...there are some legitimate medical uses. On the flipside, taking these would never help your K. pilaris.

      Any drug test you take wouldn't come back positive for steroids, because the only steroids they'd test for are the anabolic ones! :)

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you need a prescription for tretinoin cream for keratosis Polaris?
    If this isn't the case where can I buy it? What are your experiences with it? And does it work well for treating keratosis Polaris ? Thankyou x

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is currently incurable. Your cream may be made for a similar condition, but the only thing that can cure it is time. My husband has it very severely, and has had it since he was a baby.

      Tretinoin cream is actually used to treat wrinkles, discolorations, and acne. It won't do much for KP.

      Sorry, hon... You may have to deal with it for a while. There's no cure yet. If you're trying to get Tretinoin to cure your KP, it isn't going to work. If you're still interested, I would talk to your doctor about it. Last I checked, it was available only through prescription.

  25. QUESTION:
    Suggestions on how to treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hey, if anyone else has Keratosis Pilaris, maybe you could give me some advice. I have KP on my arms, thighs, shoulders, etc. It wouldn't bother me as much if there wasn't so much scarring; but I have been scratching the affected areas for quite a while, and now there are scabs/scarring to go along with the KP. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to treat KP fast, like any good exfoliants or creams? Or can anyone relate to this situation?

    • ANSWER:
      kp is hereditary. Half the people in my family have it. If it is KP there should be others in your family that have it . I used Retin-a used to treat acne, when i was a teenager. and a good moisturizer containing aloe, shea butter, and/or vitamin e is best.
      By the time I was 20 it had cleared up a lot, My diet was also a lot better by then as well.

      I have no problem now... some people keep it ,mine went away.. good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Is Webber Naturals, Omega 369 a good quality brand of vitamins?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms, and I've read that using Omega 369, fish oil and flaxseed oil to treat it, but I also read that it must be a good quality brand. I have Webber Naturals, I'm just not sure if its a good brand to use or not. Any answers?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, that's definitely a quality omega 3-6-9 brand. I work for the company that makes webber naturals and can tell you that we make it using pharmaceutical grade MEG-3 fish oils. It's really high quality stuff—the best-selling Omega-3 brand in Canada, Canadian manufactured and guaranteed pure. The website says, “Recent advances in distillation and testing technology in use for these premium oils mean that the standards of purity are much higher that what is required by NHPD regulations.”

      You can read more details about MEG-3 at http://www.meg-3.com. I hope it helps with your Keratosis Pilaris! All the best.

  27. QUESTION:
    I need help eliminating milk and flour from my diet?
    20/F
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin. I want to see if I have any food sensitivities, so I am going to eliminate some common food allergens (milk and flour) to see if my skin clears up. I will do this for 1 week. Is this an effective way to try and clear up my skin?

    Also, what are some meal/snack ideas that don't involve milk or flour?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      No, nothing helps except for carrot juice. Carrot juice has been shown to either cure and or significantly reduce the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms for some people. To get results however you will want to drink a pint of carrot juice daily until the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms begin to disappear. It might take a few days or a few weeks. It is thought that the reason carrot juice is effective in treating Keratosis Pilaris is because of the high levels of vitamin A within the fresh juice. Vitamin A is one of the most important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair. You could buy it at Wal-Mart. You could also search on google for keratosis pilaris/carrot juice.

      Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    How can i treat my chicken skin?
    I feel i have a very strong case of keratosis pilaris (or chicken skin) nearly everywhere. its really ugly and i have been self conscious about it ever since ive had them. im 16 and iv had it ever since i can remember when i was really young. I have a lot on my upper arms, shoulders, upper back, thighs, and embarrassingly enough my butt :(
    please, i cant see a dermatologist for money's sake so can someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      apply aloe vera, it should smooth it out within 2 weeks.

  29. QUESTION:
    Will laser hair removal help lighten dark spots from hair follicles?
    There are really dark spots on my legs, lower back, tummy, and butt where thicker hairs grow. The spots are still there even after I shave. The dark spots become really rough and bumpy if I don't exfoliate properly (I think it's called keratosis pilaris?). I want to get laser hair removal. Will this also lighten the dark spots, or will it only remove the hair? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it will only remove the hair because keratosis pilaris is inflamation of the hair follicles (wounds).

      The best why to treat KP is to use the same products for acne.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris and Keratosis Pilaris Scars?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris for about 2-3 years now. I have KP on my upper arms, it looks kinda like acne, it's red and brown-ish. Will sunlight helps treat KP? thanks ! :D

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I lessen the appearance of Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin?
    I've had for a long time and it has never really bothered me but I do want it to go away or at least not be too noticable. I have it on my arms (mainly my upper arms) and they has become less noticable on their own, which is nice but I also have it on my thys and legs. I want to treat it but I don't know exactly what to do. I've been searching for answers on the internet but I am wondering what wroks.
    Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Lac-Hydrin cream 12% (prescription in the US, OTC in Canada) has been VERY successful for this.

      If you're in the US, your doctor can write you a prescription....or if you know someone in Canada, they can mail it to you.

      You should wear a sun-screen with this though, as it makes you more susceptible to sunburn. But it works great for KP!

  32. QUESTION:
    Dermatology Help (Keratosis Pilaris?)- How to improve?
    My upper arms and thighs are covered in tiny dots which looks like a rash. It isn't itchy and I've had it for more than 10 years. My cousins have had it too. Right now, it is less spread out than when I initially got it. I know it is not contagious and that it hasn't spread. A previous dermatologist suggested that it was due to an excess keratin (Keratosis Pilaris). What can I do to stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking keratosis pilaris treatment, do bear in mind that this condition does not need to be treated with conventional medication which may bring more harm than good. Start with the basics such as diet and skin care, and this will significantly improve your condition.

      First, include Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 & GLA, in your diet, as these help regulate abnormal proliferation of the outer skin layers. In other words, they help promote a healthy exfoliation process which in turn helps the skin rids the body of toxins. Daily cleansing of the body is how we help the process by washing away the dead skin cells from the body. In some cases, we may need to assist the exfoliation process with the use of exfoliating soaps or cleansers or body loofahs.

      Keratosis pilaris is a condition which indicates lack of moisture and imbalance immune system. You need to bring moisture back to your skin, by increasing water intake as well as moisturizing your skin. In addition, you need to restore balance through nutritions and detoxification to remove the toxins that are affecting your immune health.

      Urea Cream is often recommended for treating Keratosis pilaris. However, before you use urea creams, think about this. Nitrogen, which is a waste product of protein metabolism in humans, is removed from the blood and converted to urea. Urea is transferred into the urine and removed from the body. Medically it is used in creams, supposedly, to restore moisture. There are more natural and healthier alternatives for moisturizing the skin such as Vitamin E oil, borage oil, and a many others; why use a toxic waste byproduct to do the job. In addition, most of the prescribed creams that contain urea might contain other harmful ingredients that's not particularly good for the skin.

      Try these more natural skin care options instead:

      Elicina cream (http://bioskincare.com/keratosis-pilaris.htm)
      Rose Hip oil
      Burt's Bees Exfoliating soap
      Burt's Bees Vitamin E bath oil
      Borage Skin Therapy lotion by Shikai

      Consider a cleansing or detoxification program to rid the toxins from your system. Finally, you will need make sure your environment is allergen free. Apart from food allergens, try to avoid other possible allergens which may aggravate your condition such as chlorine treated water systems, pet dander, molds, dust mites, Amalgam fillings in teeth, fluoride in toothpaste, harsh detergents, and so on.

      In conclusion, it is good news to those affected that keratosis pilaris is harmless and easily treated. With the proper diet and change of lifestyle, you can overcome this condition easily. Go for natural treatment for keratosis pilaris to avoid even more toxins to get into your body system which in turn will worsen the condition. Take care of your diet and lifestyle, you are on your way to healthier skin.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does Lactic Acid Help with Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had Keratosis Pilaris ever since I was a kid. A nurse from a blood donor clinic recommended Lactic Acid Topical Cream for this particular condition. Has anyone else tried this before? Does this cause an increase in hair growth, as Keratosis Pilaris bumps can contain a coiled ingrown hair?

    • ANSWER:
      The good news is that you will almost certainly grow out of this by the time you're 30. The bad news is that by then you probably won't be bothered about it, and it's going to worry you more now, when it's difficult to treat!
      Lactic acid can help. So can 3 or 5% salicylic acid cream. If you can't get hold of these creams then see a doctor or dermatologist because sometimes the chemist has to make them up. There's no real cure for this condition apart from time.
      Neither of these creams cause an increase in hair growth. I've never seen a case of KP with ingrown hairs, and this is not typical of the condition.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does keratosis pilaris get worse before it gets better?
    I've been using coconut oil to treat my KP for about a week, and I'm getting more smaller bumps on my arms (almost like goosebumps) so I'm not sure if it's more KP breaking out. Does it get worse before it gets better? Maybe I put too much oil on? I've already tried AMLactin.

    • ANSWER:
      Um no ketosis pilaris is not known for getting better (there is no known cure) so I suspect you're making it worse. Coconut oil is comedogenic.

      I haves heard that changing diet might work so maybe check that out.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to go from grenade to beautiful?
    It's my last year of junior high, and I've been the ugly girl literally since preschool/kindergarten. I just want my high school years to be better than previous years.. I just have no idea where to start.
    1. I'm really overweight, like at least 100 pounds. I'm 217 pounds when my normal weight is in the range of 107-120. I've tried everything but I just can't lose the weight or keep it off if I do manage to lose it.
    2. I have short legs and big feet. I wear 10 wide size shoes.
    3. My hair and skin are so unhealthy. My hair is dyed black and reddish blonde, kind of short and dull. It's also fine and brittle. My skin is combination, my nose, chin and forehead are really oily and my cheeks are dry. I also have major blackheads all over, but mostly on my nose, chin and cheeks, with a few on my forehead. I have mostly tiny whitehead type things on my forehead. I also have horrible keratosis pilaris on my legs, face and arms.
    4. I'm a really pastey white where my keratosis doesn't cover, and my body hair is coarse and dark. I like being pale, love it actually. Just not dead looking.

    How can I go from grenade to beautiful from now until around the last day of July when school starts? I'm already saving money for a shopping spree for a whole new wardrobe. Any answers are appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, well im going to start off by saying YOU think your the ugly girl. Im sure many others dont but there is nothing wrong with wanting to change your looks so here it goes:

      Weight- If your serious about it, go to your doctor and see how they reccomend you losing weight. DONT STARVE YOURSELF!! It is so important, you wont even lose weight for a couple months after you do that, you will get bigger. So exercise and eat a diet your doctor thinks is right then you will be a healthy weight in a matter on months.

      Legs and Feet- I am 5'3 and have abnormally long legs, so I know how you feel. Theres nothing you can do about it. You cant do anything about your feet either. Look up Alessandra Ambrosio shes a Victoria's Secret model with short legs and big feet but shes gorgeous!

      Hair- Stop dying it until it gets healthier. What you should start out by doing is getting a moisterizing shampoo such as Herbel Essences Hello Hydration, it works great and its cheap! Then get a shine spray and heat protectant (if you use heat on your hair.) Last you could try Aussies split end protecter. I dont have split ends but you put it in your hair after a shower and let it dry. It leaves it so soft. After your hair is soft and how you want it go to a professional hair stylist and get it dyed. Also get your hair trimmed every month and a half!

      Skin- Go to a dermetologist they will know how to treat that. In the mean time, look for a cleanser for your face thats for combonation skin also get a spot treatment for your black heads, put it on every night before bed. Make sure you wash your face everyday and take off ALL makeup before bed.

      Pale- Im super pale too but I get super brown in the summer. Dark hair actually compliments pale skin (I have dark brown hair and blue/gray eyes) but I try to use self tanner because I dont like my porcelain skin. Im glad you do though! To work pale skin all you really have to do is wear the right colors of clothes (Green, Cream, Red, Peach, Look up more colors) and make sure your eye makeup isnt too dark. Look up makeup tutorials for pale skin on Youtube.

      Good luck! I reccomend shopping at places like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, American Eagle, PINK and Victoria's Secret for cute teen clothes. (:

  36. QUESTION:
    Have any of you had success treating keratosis pilaris?
    I'm 30 and have it on my arms - it actually worsened after getting pregnant. Now I am desperate to get rid of it. Please let me know if you have found anything that works.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to second the suggestion for Amlactin - it is over the counter - though sometimes you have to ask the pharmacist for it, because sometimes its kept behind the counter. Its a 12% lactic acid lotion that dissolves the dead skin that causes the bumps. Lachydrin is another just like it. Get which ever you can, they are practically identical.

      Eucerin Intense smoothing is a 5% lactic acid and 10% urea lotion that does the same, but doesnt have the same sting factor. If you dont put it on right after a shower though, its sticky. The cream is a 2.5% lactic acid, 20% urea cream. Its more moisterizing, but its downright thick and greasy.

      Those are the standard treatments for KP - if after you have tried that for 6 weeks there is no improvement, see a doctor, you might require "the big guns"

  37. QUESTION:
    what is the BEST thing to use that will treat keratosis pilaris?
    i know it can't be cured but what can i use on it?

    • ANSWER:

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  38. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

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  39. QUESTION:
    Are there any lower budget or ideas that can/will help treat/reduce keratosis pilaris?
    I've got lots of em. Back of my arms, legs, thighs.

    • ANSWER:
      Use a soapless cleanser like Cetaphil's.

      Use lotions (Cetaphil, lubriderm), salicylic acid lotions, retin-A

      The problem is that the best treatment is often combo creams, which cost money. The other problem as you are aware, is that you require constant application, which will rack up the cost as well.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to treat keratosis pilaris?
    I have itl over my arms on the tops. I hate it and feel so uncomfortable in singlets and t-shirts. PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    How to help treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    does anyone know how to help treat Kp? i know it isn't curable but is there anything that can make it better?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people find non-soap cleansers (soap may exacerbate the dryness), moisturising cream applied twice daily; try those containing urea, salicylic acid or alphahydroxy acids and rubbing with a pumice stone or a ‘Buf-Puf’ in the shower or bath helpful.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can you treat keratosis pilaris?
    My niece has KP from both thighs to feet and on the back of her arms. I know you can't cure KP but what products can she use to try and improve it. She exfoliates every day and moisturizes but it doesn't make a difference. I was thinking of buying her some AmLactin but does that really work and what else can she try?

    • ANSWER:
      i have it on my thighs and i use eurecin dry skin therapy plus repair creme and it smoothes the skin and has reduced the KP, but its not completly gone. today i've just bought amlactin and i think that u should get her both. the euercin for after the shower and the amlactin for morning. hope it helps kp is really not pretty at all

  43. QUESTION:
    What are these bumps on my skin called?
    http://www.keratosispilaris.org/general-discussion/10141-keratosis-pilaris-hyperpigmentation.html

    My doctor says its hyper pigmentation, but i think its something else? What can I use to reduce this?

    • ANSWER:
      If you cannot trust your own doctor, then it is foolish to resort a total random stranger over cyberspace. Your doctor went to medical school to learn the skill to diagnose and treat patients. Why do you doubt your his/her expertise?

      You need to learn to trust your doctor or you are just wasting money. If you think your doctor is incompetent, then find another one.

      Hyperpigmentation. Exfoliants and skin-lightener will reduce the pigments.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there a body lotion with salicylic acid?
    I have read that salicylic acid is good to use on keratosis pilaris and was wondering if there was a lotion that would moisturize and treat it as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know there are prescription body creams with salicylic acid [salex, etc] but I don't know of any that they sell over the counter sorry. The only thing I can think of is I used to have an exfoliating foot cream with that in it, but I wouldn't put that on the rest of my body?
      If you can't get to the doc for a prescription/can't afford it [salex is kinda pricy, not sure about others] a lot of people have good luck with Amlactin, it's lactic acid not salicylic acid but it is available over the counter at most drugstores.

  45. QUESTION:
    Anybody got any thing to treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have had KP since before i can remember. It gets really annoying. The bumps get red and itchy and they are hard to cover up. I know there is no cure, but does anybody know of anything to make it look better and slightly clear up?

    • ANSWER:
      Aspirin Mask

      Why does it work?
      Aspirin is actually a form of Beta Hydroxy Acids or BHAs, which are found in many skin creams and work by exfoliating the dull, dead layers of skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Over time, BHAs can help clarify skin tone and promote healing of blemishes.

      However, do not use the aspirin mask if you have a sensitivity to BHAs or if you have very sensitive skin, or obviously if you are allergic to aspirin!

      How do you make it?
      The Aspirin mask must be made with uncoated, disolvable tablets. Take two or three tablets and dissolve in a teaspoon/tablespoon of warm water.

      To Apply
      Spread the mixture on the area, and leave for a few minutes until it dries. Very gently rub the mask for about 10 seconds, to exfoliate the skin. Rinse off with tepid water. Remember to moisturize as BHAs can be drying.

      I find this an excellent mask to use once or twice a week.

      Make sure you moisturize with something that has little to no fragrance as most fragrant lotions have alcohol, very drying! I prefer to use grape seed oil as is absorbs easily.

  46. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of keratosis pilaris on your legs and upper arms?
    It's really annoying me because i've had it for awhile now (3 years) and i havent been wearing skirts and shorts for ages! I've tried different kind of creams that people have told me to use but they don't help!
    what can i use to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      well here are some methods you can try to reduce them ..
      1. take warm showers not hot showers because hot showers can cause them to roughen up which would make it more noticeable .
      2. instead of wiping yourself dry pat yourself down with a towel
      3. after shower moisturise with lotion preferably one with no scent * some scented with perfume lotion may irritate )
      and here are some methods to reduce and to get rid of keratosis pilaris on this site .
      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Keratosis-Pilaris
      i hope this could help you i understand how keratosis pilaris can be irritating i've had it for most of my life and Truly hate them makes me feel really self conscious to wear skirts/shorts and tank tops which show the skin affected . if theses methods don't seem to make a difference you might want to go see a dermatologist for more methods to get rid of them

      good luck
      =]

  47. QUESTION:
    what can you do to treat keratosis pilaris?
    i know i've read and went to a dr. about this.. and they said.. keratois pilaris is not harmful.. but i have a severe case in which my arms and back have the bumps all over. and its really ugly on my apperance.. and its gotta worse the past few years.. what da hell is going on? .. is there really a way to treat this? i feel like is so unfair to have that

    • ANSWER:
      While there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, there are palliative treatments available. The efficacy of these treatment methods is directly related to the individual's commitment and consistency of use.

      Creams containing the acid form of vitamin A, Tretinoin, have been shown to help. Most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, it is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, decreasing the amount of the keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. While keratosis pilaris is not acne, some believe this action may be of benefit to those with KP as well.

      Another retinoid that has the potential to help with keratosis pilaris is Adapalene. Benefits include increased stability when applied in conjunction with other topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a moderator of cellular differentiation, keratinization, and inflammatory processes, having both exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm realy worried because I have Keratosis Pilaris all over my body NOTonly my arms and legs.I have it on my stomach,legs(cant realy see), back of arms, bum and face. Does anyone else have Kp likethis. I was also wondering if there is a way you can get rid of it by looking after it because I know you can't completely treat it :(
    PS. I can't afford expensive creams
    Thankyou xx :)

    • ANSWER:
      Try using a loofah or scrubber and some cream with salicylic acid in it. This should slough off the dead skin and keep the kp at bay. Also, ask dr. for a prescription.

  49. QUESTION:
    Natural way of healing KP on my 1 year old?
    My 1 year old daughter has Keratosis Pilaris on her face, arms and thighs. I really would rather not rub chemicals and harsh ointments on her skin. I especially would like to avoid products with a heavy mineral oil base. Does anyone know of a natural gentle product for treating KP? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Poor kid, I dont know but I wish you luck..


how do you treat keratosis pilaris

Keritosis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I have so many skin problems?
    I have Keritosis Pilaris, Rosacea, very dry skin on my hands, and also mild acne. Could this be a problem in my diet or what?

    • ANSWER:
      look into colonics, seriously, it cured all my skin problems

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I positively but dramatically alter my appearance during a period of 6 weeks?
    I'm female, 14, weigh 135 pounds and am about 5'8. I am a kind of hourglass shape.
    Waist 29'
    Hip 35'
    Inner Leg 34'
    Bust 32B

    I have 6 weeks summer holiday/vacation to lose weight and slim down.
    My problem areas for me are my butt (38'), my tummy (34') and my thighs (21').
    I also have mild spots on my T-zone and back, and dry slightly darker skin between my eyebrows.

    I have keritosis pilaris which makes me feel really self-conscious. It's prominent on my upper arms where it's raised and a reddish colour. I also have it on my legs where it appears as subsurface dots with randomly placed larger white splodges.

    I am very pale and would like to tan over the summer.

    I also want to go from a dark honey brown to a chocolate brown, then put highlights through until I can go back to my natural honey blonde.

    Specialist help probably needed!

    Help!!
    I live in South-East England where weather varies bigtime. During the last week of my summer break I'm going away to Brittany with friends so will probably get more sun during this time.
    Yeah, you can get spray tans over here, but they cost a bomb, and look totally and utterly fake.

    It is kind of over a guy, but I just want to sort of show him what he can't have.

    I already walk 1/2 mile every time (so my legs are quite slim) from school but this will stop during summer so I'm going to walk more.

    I have dieted before. I've gone from 160 to 135 pounds, with about 14 pounds of the weight lost in January, but since then my weight loss has stopped.

    I currently eat (due to school food restrictions)
    30g special k with semiskimmed milk
    1 cheese panini
    whatever's for dinner (usually meat/fish/poultry, some starch eg potatoes, and 2 or 3 vegetables)

    What should I eat during the day in holidays?

    Plus, what exercises should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      try a diet, dont stop eating, just have healthier foods and just have smaller portions of it. Also start to excersize and drink LOTS OF WATER!!! ( also eat walnuts for desert every other day to help reduce the erge AND, to help the face appear more radiant and healthy! ) As for your tanning problem, try a spray tan. i know it sounds cheap n stuff, but it lasts for WEAKS! and i would do it after you loose your weight so that there aren't any weird tan marks. I wouldn't reccomend that hair dying thing. It ruins your hair. just wiat for your Dark Honey Brown to fade off and then Your Honey Blonde Should appear shortly after. I hope this helped!

  3. QUESTION:
    What works to get rid of "chicken skin"?
    The medical term for it is keritosis pilaris. But is more commonly known as chicken skin.

    I have it all over the backs of my arms and a little on my legs :(

    It's really embarressing and idk what else to do about it! Can anyone help me??
    Hahaha no i'm definately not talking about goosebumps... Nice try though

    • ANSWER:
      exfoliate. sometimes it's build up of dead skin. which is nasty but it can be easily solved.

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found a good treatment for keritosis pilaris?
    I have suffered with this condition for 10 years. Those of you who have it know just how horrible its is, so is there anyone who really has found a good treatment? Im not into chemical stuff because im stuck with this skin and if ive got to constantly be lathering up with something thats bound to cause cancer id rather have the skin problem. I have heard of coconut oil and sugar scrubs and soaking in milk. Does anyone know of another fairly natural approach to help with this horrible"chicken" skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I haven't personally had any sort of real improvement with natural methods (except for the 10 minutes after I get out of a milk and oatmeal bath, but it went away very quickly), but if you haven't already I would try this site (there's a good message board where you might get some better answers than with Yahoo! answers):
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    In the summer my keritosis pilaris areas on my arms turn red after i've been outside?
    Even if i am only in the sun for a few minutes, my arms turn red. Does anyone know if this is normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Mine does too, so I guess it is normal. I sound like a rep for the company (which I'm not) but I just started using Eucerin Plus Intensive Care Lotion and have had great success at reducing my KP. Just be sure to wear sunscreen everyday with this stuff or it will give you the worst sunburn you can imagine.

      FYI to the previous poster..... KP is not the same as acne. Duh!

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of razor bumps on my upper arms?
    I need to get rid of them, even though they've been on my arms for like a year. I hope they can be helped. I shaved my arms once, and I think they might've showed up then, but I can't remember if they've been there all along or not.
    I shaved my arms just one time. Like, it was with that soap razor thing. I use it on my legs and everything, and they are just fine. Maybe my arms just didn't like it. I just need to find a way to make them go away!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      On your upper arms? That may be Keritosis Pilarias....I don't remember the exact name. (don't quote me on that). But it's a condition that has no cure, but there are special creams that may help. I've done some reading on 'KP Duty'. That should help.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of these small bumps?
    I have these red bumps on my lower butt (right above my thighs). They are much smaller than pimples but there are so many of them! Is there any certain (cheap-ish) cream I can get to clear them up?

    • ANSWER:
      This is most likely a condition called Keritosis Pilaris also known as KP or chicken skin. Over half the population have it in varying degrees. A dermatologist recommended these things;

      1. Wash the affected areas with a gentle cleanser for normal skin such as Cetaphil.
      2. Gently exfoliate the area (scrub off dead skin cells and dirt) with an exfoliating glove (usually cost ) by wetting it, putting the cleanser on it and using small circular motions on the skin.
      3. Pat dry gently and use a moisturiser such as the cheap vitamin E cream from the supermarket on all affected areas.
      4. On the worst areas, use a mild to medium urea cream such as QV heel balm. (these you can get in a pharmacy, normally used for dry feet)

      Drying out the skin with acne medication and gels will usually make the problem worse.

      Just remember, exfoliation and moisturising are the key!

  8. QUESTION:
    keritosis something-a-rather?
    ok i have this thing called Keritosis Pallaris (so not spelt correctly) ..no i no what your thinking, i'm not retarded but it's a disease that you get little pimple things usually on your arms or thighs.
    Does anyone here have it?
    Does anyone no how to cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keritosis Pilaris and yes it is very common. As far as i know there is no way to 'cure' the condition, but you may find using a body moisteriser twice a day may help with the dryness and appearance of the skin thats associated with kp. It may embarass you but i doubt other people even notice it and if they do, and someone says something, remind them that they are not perfect either. Remember that everyone has flaws, and its our differences that make us interesting.

  9. QUESTION:
    i have these small pink bumps on my legs and arms and a few on my back any ideas on what this is?
    they're pink almost flesh color,and they're a bit larger than a pen head and i've had them for a few years and haven't thought anything of them untill recently when my friend commented on them they don't itch or hurt what-so-ever! any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Keritosis Pilaris. It is a skin condition which can be treated with Glycolic Acid or hydrocortizone cream. Glycolic Acid works better and is safe for daily use and use on the face and on children as well. This is genetic and your kids each will have a 50% chance of having it. It can be reduced/improved with daily care twice a day. AVON has a chemical peel you can use 3 times a week which is great for this and they also have a bump minimizing lotion which can be used daily twice a day. The lotion may be discontinued though; I bought a bunch right before they quit making it.

      You may wish to see a dermatologist for confirmation. I have this same condition.

      "Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe."

  10. QUESTION:
    KERITOSIS PILARIS!!! HELP ME!!?
    ok so i have this little bumps alll over my uppers arms called keritosis pilaris. i saw a dermatologist for them and she gave me moisterizers for it which i use everday and told me the basics such as do not take hot showers, put the lotion on twice a day, etc. its been about a month and a half since then.....AND IT STILL HASNT IMPROVED. i have heard things such as drinking water and taking vitamins helps but is this really true?? what really helps??? what makes keratosis pilaris go away?? i really need it to go away soon because of up coming events tell me what helps thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    keritosis pilaris, ACV, apple cider vinegar?
    i am interested in finding a natural remedie for the bumps on my arms, which i'm told are keritosis pilaris. i've had them all my life and it hasn't really been a huge issue to me except that it's a nervous/bordem habit to squeeze/pick them off. but i need to find something to at least temporarily calm it, as i'm going to be getting a tattoo sleeve up my arm over the whole area where i have the KP. i've tried constant moisturizers including the alpha hydroxy but they have not made much difference... at least not a dependable effect and didn't get rid of enough that i'm sure it'd be possible to do the tattoo over it. if you've used acv... did you just ingest or apply topically? any other suggestions besides acv (natural cures only!)?

    • ANSWER:
      I have hard little bumps on my arms which I often pick at . I use corn remover pads to remove mine. I was going to use wart remover but I didn't have any. Home remedies for such things include tying a string (dental floss) tightly around the offensive growth until it dies and falls off. A doctor will freeze them off with nitrous oxide. Tattoos and broken skin may not mix very well due to the possibility of infection.

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone tried herpanacine for keritosis pilaris? Or luck with anything to help it?
    I have keritosis pilaris on my face (a whole lot) on the back of my upper arms and forearms and on my buttocks and thighs. I wish I could get it off my face because mine is real inflamed, expectantly in the colder, drier months. I know there isn't a cure but has anyone tries the vitamin herpanacine for it? I also have acne, mild to moderate and I have tried everything possible for both problems and had no luck, any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I have it on my arms, back and buttocks. I found that exfoliating twice a day and using a vitamin E lotion with some extra virgin coconut oil has helped a lot. I simply mix a bit of lotion with the oil and massage into my skin usually right after I shower and without drying off. I have noticed less breakouts and the scarring from preious breakouts has lightened.

  13. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my keritosis pilaris?
    ohkaay so i have had keritosis pilaris for about 2 years now .
    im going to grade eight and it sucks having it .
    ive searched it all up , that 50% of the worlds population have it but it seems like nobody except me has it .
    my sister had it and it went away later .
    but i was wondering if theres any way of removing it because i HATE wearing shorts and especially when i sit down .
    or atleast any thing that would not make them red .
    there are somedays when they are fine , and it seems unoticable but then the others ... :/
    please anyone that knows anything would help a bunch .
    thannks , and if anyone is going through the same , sharee your experience ? .
    lovee to know how you guys get on with life with keritosis pilaris .

    • ANSWER:
      -Apply a body moisturizer containing either urea or propylene glycol. Both are essentially chemical skin softeners that work well for this particular condition.

      -Get a prescription medication from a doctor or dermatologist. Most medical professionals will prescribe a topical treatment that is either ammonium lactate based or retinoid based

      -Milk Baths: Milk baths can make a drastic difference with your keratosis pilaris. The lactic acid helps to soften the skin and can help minimize the bumps. Pour a few cups of milk into your bath.

      Good luck with your condition! :)

  14. QUESTION:
    what can u do when u have chicken skin on ur arms aliile bit??
    one of my friend has that kind of skin and even when its really hot she wears longs selves b/c she doesn't like her skin? what is good location? what help me pls.

    • ANSWER:
      its called keritosis pilaris. the best way to treat it is to see a dermotologist. dont pick at it... it only makes it worse. keep them moisturized is the best thing to do

  15. QUESTION:
    The skin on my arm has these weird dots?
    It looks like goosebumps, but you can't feel it and it's always there. What are these dots?
    It doesen't itch or anything, really you can't feel it at all, and it's lighter than my normal skin color

    • ANSWER:
      Keritosis Pilaris. i have them on my legs (upper thighs)... if you scratch at them enough, you can pick a little hard lump out of it, right? It is not a pimple, the lump is a bit of Keratin. I don't know what you can do about it, but I've read somewhere that being in the sun helps it go away. google the name for more info.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else have keritosis?
    If so, any good treatments to make it less visible?

    • ANSWER:
      ?????????

  17. QUESTION:
    Dry skin brushing and keritosis pilaris?
    i think i may have kp on my upper thigh area and i always seem to get ingrown hair on the back of my elbow forearm area, can dry brushing only these areas of my body help? with my problem anyone else suffer from this unsightly skin disorder i don't like wearing shorts or swimsuit cus of it its been awful for me. any tips thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have that on the back of my upper arms.

      They sorta look like red goose bumps right?

      Try this stuff..it works wonders!! This is what I use.

      It's sorta expensive..but it last a really long time because all you use is a pea sized amount.

      So here's the link:
      http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P73509&categoryId=B70

      Good luck and hope this helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found anything which helps with keritosis pilaris alba on the ARMS?

    • ANSWER:
      Eucerin Plus Intensive Body Repair Creme is supposed to work, but I have not tried it. But their Hand Repair Creme worked very very well on my hands, so I have faith in them. My doc told me I had that on my arms, but when I just happened to change from the soap I had used for 10 years, it almost totally went away. So I suggest trying a glycerin soap instead of regular soap. My doc also had prescribed Lac-hydrin, but I hated it so much I quit using it. It did help, though. Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of bumpy red fatty deposits on skin?
    bumps are only on my upper arms, thighs and back

    • ANSWER:
      That is called keritosis pelaris (spelling?), or KP for short. It is hereditary, and pretty common. I have it, so does my hubby, and our kids.
      Exfoliate well, and use a non oily lotion. They will probably decrease as you age... :)

      Edit: *keratosis pilaris

  20. QUESTION:
    what is the best drugstore cleanser?
    i have combination skin and im also blackhead prone. I want to get something inexpensive. I really don't want to spend for face wash
    thanks everyone you were a big help

    • ANSWER:
      I have combination/sensitive skin and I've been using CETAPHIL for yrs. It's inexpensive I get it from Bj's wholesale 2 big pump containers for around and it lasts me a few months.. * I use baby oil on a cotton ball to remove my waterproof eyeliner and mascara but, it removes everything else.. Also, like the previous poster I mix it a couple times a week with baking soda to exfoliate... My skin feels FRESH and clean without harsh or scratchy chemicals.. That I may be sensitive too.... I also use WITCH HAZEL as an astrigent it has WAY less alcohol than commercial toners and once again is super cheap! You can find it at most drug stores by the peroxide, rubbing alcohol and epsom salts.. I think for my total "beauty regimen" I spend maybe a month TOPS. I also moisturize like crazy since I have sensitive skin that gets red/enflammed.. Lately I've been hooked on OLAY REGENERIST I got two large containers for around which will last me 2-3 months a piece! I also tan really easily and it seems to make my skin look more healthy and radient.. I go 2x a week.. I know it's BAD but, I like it.... It makes the my keritosis go away!

      Good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    Should I be scared? I'm going to the dermatologist.?
    So I'm going to the dermatologist for the first time in a couple of years. I'm going for my acne and keritosis pilaris. Will I have to get any shots or be pricked or anything? That is all I am really scared of. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    good makeup for skin?
    i have this thing called keritosis pilaris where i have these little red bumpy things on my face and other parts of my body
    and i want to know what i could use to even out my skin tone? i have pretty fair skin and its dry too so what is a good kind of make up to use and where could i get it

    • ANSWER:
      minerals! try almay!

  23. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Glytone body wash and lotion for Keritosis Pilaris? Does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been using an over the counter lotion called Amlactin for KP. Works pretty well used daily. Kind of expensive though, about 20$ per bottle. You may need to ask at the pharmacy, it's not usually out with the other body lotions.

  24. QUESTION:
    Skin Lotion...?
    I have keritosis polaris (aka: chicken skin)

    What is the best lotion for it? Please include the cost and the amount of time it took to improve your skin.
    *keratosis polaris

    • ANSWER:
      I used Neutrogena Norwegian Formula for a week and it worked! Some places sell it at 8 dollars or 7- Target and Walmart. Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    concealer & foundation HELP!!?
    i have kind of oily skin and i have keritosis pularis on my face :/ what is a good concealer & foundation that doesn't clog your pores and has good coverage?

    • ANSWER:
      I have this problem, and have found that you just have to read the label to see if it is suitable for sensitive skin, which will not give any reaction and can be used on any skin type. Then to keep your pores un-clogged, you can use the facial wipes from the "simple" range. They are not expensive, but very good. Make sure you dont leave your make-up on for more than a day without using a facial wipe. Also remember not to sleep with your make-up on, take it off first, because if you leave it on all night, this will give your pores plents of time to clog up, and is really bad for your skin. You can get these wipes from any cosmetic store, e.g. Superdrug, Boots etc...

  26. QUESTION:
    i need PROM help!!!! PLEASE!?
    Hello, I have had Keritosis Pilaris all of my life and i have always been embarrassed of it. but Prom is coming up and my dress exposes my arms, I was thinking i would put cover up on them but what if it rubs off on my girlfriends tux? she knows i have it but it is really embarrassing and im scared it will show up in our Prom picture. I would wear a shaw or something but it wouldn't go with my dress. What should I do? If you have Keritosis Pilaris and you know how to cover it or make it go away i would love the help. I want this to be perfect but those little red bumps are ruining everything! Please help me. and please don't comment saying I don't know because that doesn't help either. ):

    • ANSWER:
      i have it too, it's not that bad, trust me. 50-80% of teens have it! i'm sure you'll look beautiful and it will distract everyone from looking at your arms
      but i found this on the internet, just in case

      - First I use a thick loofah sponge or buff-puff on the affected areas. I do this daily and I only use Dove Nutrium Body Wash with my sponge. I have tried several moisturizing body washes, and this one has proven to be the best for me. It is a dual formula that contains a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing lotion at the same time. It works great. When using the sponge, scrub as hard as you can on the affected area, and in a circular motion. Exfoliation is very important, especially since the affected areas are so dry. (Note: Dove has also recently come out with a Dove Nutrium Bar! So now I use both, and they are great. They make my skin so soft and silky, and the moisturizers are very good for the keratosis pilaris.)

      - After I exfoliate with this body wash, I then apply an over the counter lotion that has worked wonders for my keratosis pilaris. Neutrogena makes this lotion and it’s called “Multi-Vitamin Acne Treatment”. I know what you are thinking; keratosis pilaris is not acne. No it’s not, but for some reason this stuff works. In my reading and research on the subject, I ran across a treatment that recommended using a moisturizer that contained a small amount of salicylic acid. This product contains both. It is full of vitamins and moisturizers that are great for your skin, and it also contains this salicylic acid. If you apply this lotion right after you have scrubbed with the Dove Nutrium, it will give you results within 2 or 3 days. It did for me!

      - I also apply the Neutrogena Multi Vitamin Acne Treatment at night before going to bed. So I am applying it twice a day, once after showering and exfoliating, and once at bedtime.

      - Adding a humidifier in your bedroom will also help to clear your skin. The moisture will hydrate your dry skin while you sleep at night and help in clearing up the keratosis pilaris.

      - This next “treatment” is one I have found on my own and doctors do not recommend it. I am not telling anyone to do this, I am simply telling you what has worked in clearing up my skin condition. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed/salon. I like to tan anyway, so by trial and error I found that it cleared my skin. I started going to a tanning bed 2 or 3 times a week at first, and then dropped down to once a week. Each time I would tan for 12 to 15 minutes. That is not a lot of exposure, and it cleared my skin better than ANYTHING else I have ever done. I still have occasional problems with my arms, but my legs cleared right up and those bumps have never returned to this day, and I have not tanned in over 6 months. So I am very pleased with these results.

      Again, I am not recommending or condoning tanning or sunbathing, but I am telling you that it has helped to clear up my terrible case of Keratosis Pilaris.

      Doing these things consistently has helped me tremendously, but if you miss a day, you pay! Consistency is the key.

  27. QUESTION:
    help with pimples????? please read,, please :(?
    im 14 years old.
    ive had keritosis pilaris on my cheeks since i was born
    there not visible u caan just kinda feel them.
    they are going away.
    at the beginning of grade 8 i had those odd one or two pimples.
    than i used proactive and got mini ones
    during the summer i got more and more
    grade 9 started i had all these mini bumps that were just so visible (just on forhead)
    i tried everything
    netrogina
    proactive
    this doctor suscibed thing tht has benezol and all this stuff
    it worked for a week and they all came back.
    during christmas i went away on vacation, and they ALL cleared up.
    i was so happy i cried and lifted my hair away evryday and the minute i stept back into the cold i got the odd 1 or two again.
    now im back to my little ones
    they are raised and have like mini blackheads in them?
    it looks like a pimple with a hole ?
    now i have them right beside my nose but these are more like pimples
    and on my cheeks just beside my nose are all blackheads ?
    will these evntually turn into acne?
    please help me
    i literally cry in the bathroom every nnight and can't stand to look at myself;
    i just want to go to school one day without any zits :(
    please help me

    • ANSWER:
      ohmygosh. you poor thing.
      ok well look everyone's skin is different. and one thing is for sure... you do not want to make the pimples worse. I would suggest trying Clean and Clear (works very well for my cousin). Make sure not to touch your face too much. Or pop them! you do not want any scars! Ok and make sure to use products that don't block pores. Or try some home remedies. But just be patient. and please Don't let your skin get the best of you. Be confident. Wish you tons of luck
      :)

  28. QUESTION:
    SKiiNNN iiSSSSUE?
    okay so i dont have bad acne but i do have keritosis pilaris on my cheeks and i have fine makeup. my main problem is that i get dry skin BUT it looks oily. i know that doesnt sound like it makes sense but i will have dry patches of skin that hurt yet it looks like my face is melting off. i use the clean and clear blotting sheets and nuetrogena to wash my face. i usually only wash my face twice but i shower everyday as well and i occasinally wash it 3 times a day. if you have oily skin is it bad to wear moisturizerr? any tips on waht i can do

    • ANSWER:
      See a dermatologist, and try using pears soap to wash your face and use a oil free moisturizer.

      Another thing you could so is once a day use sugar to wash your face i usually use a handful everyday, and scrub gently NOT viciously, then wash off with lukewarm water, this should leave for skin feeling smoother.

  29. QUESTION:
    My two year old has these bumps that look like goose bumps all over her skin except her face and legs. I have?
    I have taken her to her doctor and he told me it was keritosis pilaris and it usually goes away on its own.I always make sure i put plenty of unscented good lotion all over her skin. Well recently i have noticed that on her cheeks was like a discoloration spot i figured it might be from the sun. Now she has two very noticeable white discoloration spots on one cheek and one on the other. My mother says she needs more vitamins but my friend says thats a myth. Does anyone know what that is, and if i need to put her on some serious vitamins?

    • ANSWER:
      Then, that is goose bumps... Check possible causes... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_bumps

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Facial Redness and Acne Problem!!!?
    I have very red skin on my face and I'm a 14 year old male. My dermatologist calls it Keritosis ( unsure if right spelling) and she prescribed me Panoxyl-4 and Atralin to use as prescribed. I can't use the Panoxyl because it makes my face even more red. People ask me year-round if I have sunburn and my skin is always covered in that bumpy red film of 'skin.'. I use gentle face cleansers as well and nothing works. I'm just tired of the redness on my face because I find it very unattractive. The acne 'cleansers' don't even help with the acne anyways. Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I use atralin also for my acne. Panoxyl has a huge amount of benzoyl peroxide which can make your face red and irritated. I'm a 15 year old female and I've over come my acne in 6 months. Buy the cetaphil anti bacterial cleansing bar, it's only and get the cetaphil sunscreen SPF 50

  31. QUESTION:
    I NEED HELP !! MY FRIEND NEEDS HELP !!?
    I NEED HELP BECAUSE I HAVE A BEST FRIEND WHO IS HAVING TROUBLE ACCEPTING HERSELF. SHE HAS KERITOSIS PILARIS WHICH IS AN INCURABLE SKIN CONDITION ON HER ARMS LEGS AND BUTT. SHE IS ALSO HAIRY ON HER ARMS,LEGS,STOMACH,BACK,BUTT ETC.
    SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT HER FUTURE SHE THINKS NO MAN WILL WANT HER AND SHELL BE LONELY THE REST OF HER LIFE. WHAT CAN SHE DO TO MAKE THIS GO AWAY!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'll take her :) sounds like a nice women to me

  32. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of keritosis polaris? a skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris, and I have had pretty good results with KP Duty by Dermadoctor. I can't say it's gone completely, but it's much better. See the sources below for other treatment ideas.

  33. QUESTION:
    What Neutrogena products should I buy?
    I need a new cleansor, toner, and moisturizer and I've heard good things about this brand but I've only ever tried their moisturizer and I HATE it. People say everything else by them is good though, so what should I try?

    I have combination skin that's really only oily around my nose and pretty dry everywhere else. I don't have acne but I have the occasional zit and a few blackheads on my nose. I have a bit of a keritosis pilaris problem so parts of my cheeks are a bit redder than the rest of my face and I'm not wild about the discolouration. It's not severe but I don't like the way it looks.

    Anyway, what products by them should I try? And have you tried them and had good results?

    BQ: What moisturizer (other than Clean&Clear and not Neutrogena) do you like? I don't like those because I found they made my face too oily even though they don't have any oil in them XD

    BQ2: Is the Wave good? Which one should I get?

    Thank you so much if you answer ^_^

    Also, I have big pores so anything for that :) Oh and I know it's in the wrong category but I'm leaving in an hour and this one's busier XD

    • ANSWER:
      Neutrogena = great face wash/cleanser. Otherwise, I like clean & clear products. :) They're affordable and get the job done, imo.

      BQ: Okay, I really really suggest clinique! It's pricey, yes, but I'm totally in love with it. I don't usually get expensive stuff, but it lasts me a long time and it's just great. Doesn't leave you oily, etc. Perfect for combo skin! :)

      BQ2: Haven't used it personally but I've heard it's great! :)

      Sorry if I did not answer everything... but I hope I helped! :)

  34. QUESTION:
    What Neutrogena products should I buy?
    I need a new cleansor, toner, and moisturizer and I've heard good things about this brand but I've only ever tried their moisturizer and I HATE it. People say everything else by them is good though, so what should I try?

    I have combination skin that's really only oily around my nose and pretty dry everywhere else. I don't have acne but I have the occasional zit and a few blackheads on my nose. I have a bit of a keritosis pilaris problem so parts of my cheeks are a bit redder than the rest of my face and I'm not wild about the discolouration. It's not severe but I don't like the way it looks.

    Anyway, what products by them should I try? And have you tried them and had good results?

    BQ: What moisturizer (other than Clean&Clear and not Neutrogena) do you like? I don't like those because I found they made my face too oily even though they don't have any oil in them XD

    BQ2: Is the Wave good? Which one should I get?

    Thank you so much if you answer ^_^

    Also, I have big pores so anything for that :)

    • ANSWER:
      Who are these people who say those are good to buy? Bloggers? People your own age? People who also have acne? Or fashion magazines that also get paid for advertising if they're mentioned in their magazine pages?

      I've never tried acne products. For one thing, I don't want to poison my skin. Soap (liquid or bar) had always been the original and ONLY solution, and I've known about this from my uncle who was a nurse, and my aunt who was also a nurse. From reading magazines (Women's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping NOT fashion mags), who try to educate people and why the beauty industry is a billion dollar business.

      The less products you use, the better for your skin. Use a bath wash like Suave, Irish Spring, Dove EVEN NEUTROGENA Bath & Body wash in the shower, use a washcloth. Treat your face like the rest of your body, take a shower everyday or wash your face everyday.

      The secret is keeping your face clean and oil-free. I also don't use liquid on my face for anything, and very little moisturizer, not even a dime size. Since my face is not dry. Good skin also comes from your good genes. Increase your fresh fruits & vegetables 3-5 servings per day. And programmed your mind to do this day after day, for the rest of your life.
      Sometimes just the oil on your face from make up and lotions, even from your hair can travel to your face causing acne to come out. Others, from stress, hormones & diet or foods.

      Acne medication could worsen what ever allergies you have, so instead of trying out one product after another, you're actually spreading it around. Example: ProActiv contains a known carcinogen, at a percentage known to promote skin cancer.

  35. QUESTION:
    What moisturizer/cleanser/toner is the best? In a rush, please help :)!!!?
    Going to Wal-Mart in a bit and I need to know which ones are best? And preferably something that's cheap because I'm 14 and I don't have a lot of cash :P
    Okay, I have dry-combo skin and mild Keritosis Pilaris on my face which makes it kinda discoloured and I hate that! Is there anything that will fix the random pinkness?

    BQ: Also I'd appreciate any ideas on what foundation/concealer I should get as well. Thanks so much. Sorry if this seems a bit rude and rushed but I'm in a hurry, lol. Thanks in advance :)
    Edit: And also any sunscreen you can recommend. Something that won't make my face too shiny and doesn't smell gross.

    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      According to Google, it's somewhat of a gray area, but I'd be happy to do more research if you want to message me. I spent about 10 minutes looking around but it's not an easy answer. Again, feel free to message me and I hope you are successful in what you are looking for.

  36. QUESTION:
    Neutrogena products you recommend?
    I need a new cleansor, toner, and moisturizer and I've heard good things about this brand but I've only ever tried their moisturizer and I HATE it. People say everything else by them is good though, so what should I try?

    I have combination skin that's really only oily around my nose and pretty dry everywhere else. I don't have acne but I have the occasional zit and a few blackheads on my nose. I have a bit of a keritosis pilaris problem so parts of my cheeks are a bit redder than the rest of my face and I'm not wild about the discolouration. It's not severe but I don't like the way it looks.

    Anyway, what products by them should I try? And have you tried them and had good results?

    BQ: What moisturizer (other than Clean&Clear and not Neutrogena) do you like? I don't like those because I found they made my face too oily even though they don't have any oil in them XD

    BQ2: Is the Wave good? Which one should I get?

    Thank you so much if you answer ^_^
    Also, I have big pores so anything for that :)

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is my skin so red?
    I have always been prone to blushing.
    I have very fair skin and several times a day the skin on my cheeks burns red and hot, so much that it throbs, and once it has gone red it does not go down for hours.
    I have never had acne, or any kind of spots for that matter, and my skin is prone to dryness.
    I have a foundation to cover it, which works at covering my normal level of redness, but once it gets bad, it does nothing, as the redness of my skin shines through, and the heat causes the foundation to dry out and flake off, which is ANNOYING.
    Also, the skin on my upper arms is permanently a purpley shade of red, however the skin there is always cold! I used to have keritosis pilaris, but that's completely gone for some reason, my arms are smooth, just very very blotchily red.
    My face and arms are the worst, but the rest of my skin is also generally redder toned than everyone else's, and always has been.

    WHY???
    From previous research, it sounds like rosacea, but I've never heard of someone my age having it (I'm 18).
    So an allergy? Could I be reacting to something?
    I feel kind of stupid going to my doctor with red skin, it's not exactly the plague...
    But it is kind of upsetting.
    Help??

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    i feel like jumping into a sea of trampolines?
    I've had a bad week. I come home to a cat, but I haven't been able to go anywhere because of my agoraphobia, I think I am allergic to grass, I got hit an bitten by my sister, my parents ignored me and told me to shoo, my acne is still here after using proactiv, acne free, Clearasil, clean and clear, velocity, prescriptions, soap, aveeno, and differin, I have Keritosis Pilaris, my hermit crab died, and i have a weird rash from the so called "great" out doors, but you know what? At least I am alive right? Or am I just feeling endorphins from my exercise video? I say the first one....

    • ANSWER:
      I know what you mean.

      ..But you're right. At least you're alive, and at least this will be over soon enough. Just remember the old saying, "This too shall pass".

      (By the way, you may want to research a homemade aspirin mask for your skin. It worked wonders on mine, though I don't know if it performs well on all skin types.)

  39. QUESTION:
    "toxic free" mite and lice control with "enymes" ..........?
    i am being literally eatne alive by mites of some sort. Salycilic Acid via Stridex Pads or Neutragna Shampoo T SAl helps to control them when they swarm so bad it drives me crazy,but they are back in a day or so.Tea Tree Oil and Windex also seem to give some minor relief.

    Permethrin does nothing as well as any other scaibes type cremes,shampoos or lotions

    I see this advertised but do not beleive at all it could help
    http://www.ginesis.com/store1.htm claiming "non toxic enzymes" will kill lice and mites.

    Witch Hazel doesnt help

    Dr's diagnose as scabies,Keritosis Pilaris and Delusion excpet they can not explain the bites or the eggs as being a delusion

    any ideas if this "enzyme treatment" is just a plain rip off or not?
    Any ideas how to try to treat this stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      you have to wash everything you have been in contact with, bedsheets pillowcases anything that your body has touched because they could be on there.wash coats,jackets any clothes you have worn. your doctor should have given you a cream that kills them on your skin. you have to put it on and leave it for a little while and then shower. my daughter brought it home and we all had to be treated. not fun, that is for sure.I dnt know if that stuff will work or not, we just used what the doc gave us. Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    what to do about nasty keritosis pilaris(chicken skin) HELP!!!?
    i have keratosis pilaris and this **** sucks!!! its nasty to see that when you squeeze the bumps the white keratin **** comes out.....i have it on my arms and chest; ive heard it explained as my body's dumb ability to grow hair in those locations. so what im asking for advice on is do you think using a rogane hair growth creme to make the hair grow, to stop the forming of bumps/ would it work? i need some type of advice......using lotions made for KP hardly do anything.......ive also heard it slowly goes away by the time you're 30 and im 20......need help??????!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. Try a cream such as Acid mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 after bathing, and re-apply the cream again several times daily.

      If this does not help, change to a medicated cream containing urea (Carmol, Vanomide, U-Kera, Ultra Mide, Nutraplus) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily - it may be too irritating to use more often. More aggressive home treatment can be done if ones skin can tolerate it. The plugged pores can be removed by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or 'Buf-Puf'.

      Prescription medicines that may help include antibiotics (Erythromycin, Bactrim) if the spots are very red and Tazorac Cream. Tazorac, a relative of vitamin A, may cause irritation in some people.

      http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/keratosis_pilaris.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    I have Keritosis Pilaris its little bumps on my arms legs and cheeks. Theres no cure but will olive oil help?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    i have little red bumps all over my legs and thighs. what are these?
    i've had them for a while now. maybe a couple of months. they dont itch or anything. and i dont shave my legs. what are these? and whats wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      it is probably keritosis pilaris. I have it to and after reading TONS on it, i can give you some knowledge:)!

      (STIVES.COM-
      Q. How can I get rid of red bumps on my upper arms?

      A. This is probably keratosis pilaris, which is a condition in which there’s a buildup in the upper layer of skin around the hair follicle. To help treat this condition, I recommend regular washing with a hydrating body wash such as the Mineral Therapy body wash, as well as gentle exfoliating to reduce the buildup of dead skin cells.)

      i know it says upper arms, but its everywhere!
      KP is genetic, and its uncurable. It does get better with age. There are many cremes and lot of them do not work. After months of research this is the best cure-

      1) Use a lootfah sponge and use a moisturizing body wash. Use some of the body wash and move the sponge in a circular motion.
      2) There are only two cremes i have ever heard of that work. They are by paulas choice. Apply to dry, clean skin.
      3) Dont skip out on a day!

      (most reccomended)
      http://shop.paulaschoice.com/product/weightless-body-treatment/body-hair-care

      (next reccomended)
      http://shop.paulaschoice.com/product/255/3

      Good luck, and go see a dermatoligist just to be sure! :)

  43. QUESTION:
    what do you do for your keritosis pilaris (KP)?
    i have really bad kp and was just wondering what other people do for theres. maybe there is something out there that will work better for me. i use a gentle clesner and mild moisturiser aswell as exfoliate with a natural lufa 2-3 times a week

    • ANSWER:
      switch to professional products if those arent working. you are doing the right thing, it's all a matter of finding the right product. i would get sanitas if i were you. you can find the products at the spa. they are glycolic, lactic, and salicylic products and help for a richer exfoliation.

  44. QUESTION:
    My 13 year old daughter has bumps on her arma that look like acne. What is it and how do we get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would see a dermatologist first, but it sounds like keritosis pilaris. A good over the counter lotion is Amlactin. You may have to ask the pharmacist for it.

  45. QUESTION:
    PLZ tell me how to get rid of these ugly things on my arm?
    I assume that the red dots are ingrown hair on my arm acne
    any suggestion how i could get rid of them? i'm sick of them.
    and please suggest natural methods,
    i don't want to see a doctor sor something like that

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    • ANSWER:
      Hi there!

      What you appear to have is not acne, but a genetic disease of the hair follicles called KP, or keritosis pilaris. Up to 50% of the general population has it and up to 80% of adolescents have it. Aside from being unsightly, it is completely harmless. It happens when keratin (the hard protein that makes up hair, skin, and nails) forms around the hair follicles. You may notice that it gets worse when the humidity is low, like in the winter months.

      You can see a dermatologist for treatment, or try to treat it yourself at home. If you want to try the home remedy route, you'll need to be persistent because it won't just go away in a few days. You'll need an abrasive scrubber (I like the yellow sponges with the green scrubbing side made by 3M. They are usually used for scrubbing dishes), a body wash with an ingredient called glycolic acid (I like Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash, which is available on Amazon.com), and a good moisturizer like Nutraplus 10% Urea lotion (which is available at drugstore.com). I have found that the 10% urea lotions work best.
      First, shower as you normally would, but place a dollop of Glytone on the scrubby green side of he sponge and scrub the heck out of the "chicken skin" areas. The green pad will scrub off some of the surface bumps, and the glycolic acid in the body wash will help "eat" the excess keratin from the hair follicles. Rinse well. While skin is still damp after the shower, slather a good amount of the Nutraplus lotion on the affected areas. This will help soften the skin and provide moisture. Do this every day. You should see a marked improvement in your skin's appearance in about a week.

      Just remember that since this is an inherited condition, your body will want to keep making "chicken bumps", so even if it seems to have gone away, don't stop treating it.

      I hope this helps you. As a fellow sufferer, I am happy to share with you what works for me, and I truly hope you see some results. Best of luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    I have Keritosis Pilaris everywhere?
    Starts just above my ankle on both legs, goes up all the way and all around to my pelvis. There are tiny sectors on my chest with a few bumps of KP. It then starts at the top of my arms - once again it goes all the way down and all around - down to my wrists. I might have it on my face but I'm 17 so it could just e acne. I've had this all my life. I just want to be like a normal person with normal skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been battling Keratosis Pilaris like you, but only top of my arms have that condition. I have been using AmLactin and Eucerin lotions, but they do not completely get rid of kp. My arms are smoother, and the bumps reduced in size considerably. It is a bit depressing to know that there is no cure.

      There are different regimens I have yet to try. Have you been to Keratosis Pilaris Community website? People, who suffer from kp, share their regimen experience and success stories. You may find a treatment that fits your skin type.

      However, before you spend a fortune on a treatment, do some research.

  47. QUESTION:
    help with keritosis Piliaris? ( those chicken bumps on ur arms)?
    I;ve had kerotosis Piliaris for years and my doctor keeps telling me there is no cure, however, i think there are products to lessen it. I'm sick and tired of wearing t-shirts and jeans 2 cover it. any help?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a black female and we tend to suffer with those little bumps on our elbows along with the darker pigmented skin in that same area and I hate it. I bought this product for babies and it worked so well. Baby Magic Milk Bath in a purple plastic bottle and buy the shower puff and use that in the shower and girrrrl let me tell you, your skin will be soooo soft and smooth and those bumps will practically disappear. Look for it in the baby section of the supermarket or drug store. Trust me on this one ; -)

  48. QUESTION:
    aha, i kind of have a weird skin condition?
    so , ever since i was little ive had this skin problem .
    on the topish parts of my arms i have this brownish redish rash looking thing and i get small bumps on it , its not painful or itchy but its really noticeable and embarrassing .
    what could this be?
    oh and if it helps , my skin is tanish because i have alot of cherokee indian in me ..
    thankyouuusomuch.<3
    cabsarehere; thank you so f*cking much, thats exactly what i have. (:

    • ANSWER:
      chicken skin AKA keritosis pilaris. I have the same thing! It goes away in the summer though, its actually more common to have it than not. Look it up! Or ask your doctor for info.

  49. QUESTION:
    Treatments for Keritosis Pilaris?
    So, I have it. Not too severe but I have a bit on my face and I don't like it. A lot of websites have treatments but I wanted to know what works for people? So, if you have it or know someone with it, what product is used? Specific product. My doctor suggested cold cream. Does it work or not? And what brand should I get? Something that's not too expensive please. Thanks =D

    • ANSWER:


keritosis

Seborrheic Keratosis Prevention

To further understand this topic let us first have an overview about obesity and its causes.

According to George A. Reichard Jr. obesity is the result of excess caloric intake or an inherent metabolic aberration has long been debated. He classified the disease into two major categories, as mentioned above it is the regulatory and metabolic.

According to Reichard, regulatory obesities are those induced by surgical or chemical destruction of certain areas and obesity. However, metabolic obesity is characterized by the fact that it is the result of an inborn error of metabolism and, when compared with regulatory obesity, stands in striking contrast to it.

The two classifications seem to be very obvious, something that blames the chemicals or drugs you take to address certain diseases and something that blames the inborn abnormality of the metabolism. However, the only solution that we are so accustom with is diet and exercise now that is easier said than done.

According to Jerry E. Gillman, Obesity has disastrous consequences on a person's health and is associated with a number of diseases including type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, chronic infections, hypertension, and psychological disorders.

Society has often blamed obesity on the individual feeling that an imperfect body reflects an imperfect person. There are, however a number of contributing factors to obesity such as environment, genetics, energy dense foods, lack of exercise, ethnic culture, psychological issues and social pressures.

A primary cause of psychological issues for people who are obese is bias against obesity, says William J. Medick, Ph.D. a psychologist who works with morbidly obese patients in the LivLite Weight Management Program. "The prevailing misconception is that obese people are lazy, eat all the time, and lack self discipline," says Dr. Medick. "This can lead to self- blame, guilt, shame, depression and social withdrawal."

Many people eat in response to negative emotions such as boredom, sadness, or anger. It has been observed that women with the most severe eating problems are also likely to have symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. These women may have more difficulty losing weight, and keeping it off, than other people.

Some individuals use food to fill emptiness, provide good feelings, and sooth job pressures and family conflicts. Often eating has nothing to do with hunger. This is emotional eating and change takes energy, willingness and commitment to self- change.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    remove seborrheic heratoses how to?
    remove seborrheic keratoses

    • ANSWER:
      Most of Caucasian people are effected by Seborrheic Keratosis sooner or later, women and men alike. The degree of impact vary. It seems does not impact people with darker skin colors with exception of African Americans.

      I had spots of Seborrheic Keratosis and went to Kaiser Permanente dermatologist. The derm looked me into eyes and said: "It is yours for life..." I found her being mean, not knowledgeable, and:
      1) Got determined to find effective Seborrheic Keratosis cure that I can easily do at home myself
      2) Dump Kaiser Permanente insurance.

      I have been doing research on Seborrheic Keratosis treatments, and all the advice was very discouraging: do not treat at all, liquid nitrogen at doctor's office, mechanical removal by scraping off at doctor's office, laser. All actual treatments are in doctors office and can leave scarring, do not offer prevention.

      In the past I used brief acids application to Seborrheic Keratosis spots with some success, but it was taking time, and I was not getting dramatic results. This time I decided to use really high glycolic acid concentration and do not wash it off, but rather leave it on the skin to do its work.

      Treatment
      Day 1, Day 2
      Prepared 30-35% glycolic acid solution
      Poured it into a sprayer bottle
      Sprayed acid solution on my back
      Did not wipe, it did sting quite a bit, but I was able to tolerate it. Went to bed without rinsing off the solution

      Day 3, Day 4
      (I think it might be optional)
      Sprayed Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus, aka. 'Tetterwort') extract
      Did not wipe. Went to bed without rinsing off the solution

      Touchups and Maintenance
      If some stubborn spots are staying there, spot / touch up application is needed. Maintenance treatments are possible on as needed basis.

      Outcome
      Skin got reddish-pink, Seborrheic Keratosis sports were destroyed. Crust appeared on same of the sports, and some spots were disappearing unveiling skin. Seborrheic Keratosis was killed!!!

      Now skin is still healing, but I can see that I was able to achieve my goal, e.g. at home Seborrheic Keratosis treatment. Just in case to prevent any possible discoloration of the skin I am applying Reviva Lightening cream on the entire surface area.

      Recommendations
      Be careful, do patch test before proceeding with the treatment. Start with lower concentrations to see if it will be sufficient. I used spray to deliver the treatment solution, and think it provides less solution then when applied directly.
      Based on the Seborrheic Keratosis sports location it might be preferable to perform treatments in winter when you are wearing more cloths. So that people around do not see the irritated skin.

      Alternative Treatment
      After I done my own treatment regimen I found info on similar approach with high concentrations of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) supported by clinical studies. The recommended concentration between 23% - 80%. And in the majority of cases 35% food grade H2O2 could be used.

      For preventive maintenance they recommend taking periodically baths with H2O2 added.

      When I need a treatment next time I am thinking of trying H2O2, and looking into having baths with it for maintenance.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is skin deases?
    types of skin deseases & prevention

    • ANSWER:
      t's the largest organ of our bodies. It weighs about six pounds and holds us together. It's our skin.

      Skin provides the outer covering for our bodies and protects us from heat, light, injury and infection. The skin regulates our body temperature by releasing fluids to cool us... in other words, sweat... and keeping heat in when it's cold. The skin also stores water, fat and vitamin D, all things we need to survive and live.

      The skin is made up of two main layers:

      * The outer epidermis
      * The inner dermis

      The epidermis is mostly made up of flat scale-like cells called squamous cells. Under that are some round cells called basal cells. The deepest part of the epidermis also has what are called melanocytes. They produce melanin, which is what gives our skin its color.

      Under the epidermis is the dermis which contains the vessels for the blood and the lymph. It's also where the hair follicles and the glands are. Those glands are what produces sweat (to help cool us) and sebum, which is an oil that keeps the skin from drying out. Both oil and sweat get to the surface via the pores.

      There are a number of conditions that can change the look and the condition of the skin. Follow the links below to learn about them.

      Acne: see Acne
      Actinic keratosis: see Skin Cancer
      Actinic lentigines: see Actinic Lentigines
      Athlete's foot: see Tinea: Ringworm, Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch
      Birthmark, mole/nevi: see Moles/Nevi
      Birthmark, vascular: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Cancer: see Skin Cancer
      Cavernous hemangiomas: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Chloasma: see Melasma/Chloasma
      Dermatitis: see Eczema and Dermatitis
      Dermatofibromas: see Dermatofibromas
      Eczema: see Eczema and Dermatitis
      Head lice: see Lice
      Hemangiomas, (birthmarks): see Vascular Birthmarks
      Impetigo: see Impetigo
      Jock itch: see Tinea: Ringworm, Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch
      Keratosis pilaris: see Keratosis Pilaris
      Lice: see Lice
      Lichen planus: see Lichen Planus
      Macular stains: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Melasma: see Melasma/Chloasma
      Moles: see Moles/Nevi
      Molluscum contagiosum: see Molluscum Contagiosum
      Nevi: see Moles/Nevi
      Pityriasis rosea: see Pityriasis Rosea
      Port wine stains: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Pseudofolliculitis barbae: see Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps)
      Psoriasis: see Psoriasis
      Rashes: see Rashes
      Razor bumps: see Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps)
      Rhinophyma: see Rosacea and Rhinophyma
      Ringworm: see Tinea: Ringworm, Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch
      Rosacea: see Rosacea and Rhinophyma
      Seborrheic keratosis: see Seborrheic Keratosis
      Strawberry hemangiomas: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Tinea: see Tinea: Ringworm, Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch
      Vascular birthmark: see Vascular Birthmarks
      Vitiligo: see Vitiligo
      Warts: see Warts

  3. QUESTION:
    what is skin disease?
    iam just wondering

    • ANSWER:
      It is basically damage done to your skin from being exposed to ultra b rays and other sun rays. The skin starts t appear bruised black and dry. Skin disease can be caused by bactria appearing at adoolescence time (acne..)

      examples of skin disease...

      *Acne is the most common skin disease treated by physicians.

      *Seborrheic Keratosis

      *warts

      *Dermatitis -eczema.

      *Herpes -Oral and genital herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus.

      *Hives are caused by an allergic reaction in the skin releasing the chemical histamine.

      Causes Of Lyme Disease

      Deer ticks cause lyme disease. There are many other ticks that can transmit the disease, but deer ticks are the most common carriers. These are pin sized ticks that thrive on blood of deer, mice and birds. These brown colored ticks stay in woody and grassy areas. They catch their prey when somebody is passing through the area. Once the tick attaches itself on the skin, it transmits the infection in two days. After visiting any such area, if you can locate all the ticks on your body and take them out, you can save yourself from lyme disease to a great extent. Lets talk more about this in prevention and treatment.

      cancer:
      These may indicate presence of SCC-

      A red bump on sun-exposed skin which does not go away. This will be found mainly on sun exposed areas - the face, head, hands, or shoulders.
      A growing irritated or reddish patch and forms a sore.
      A new skin growth that looking like a wart.
      A sore on the lower lip, that does not heal or an area of thickened skin on the lower lip, especially in smokers or tobacco chewers or those, whose lips are exposed to the sun and wind.
      Any diseased area of skin (lesion) can indicate SCC and should be examined if it has changed colour, shape, size, or appearance or has not healed after an injury.

  4. QUESTION:
    itching body?
    Why do itches in general occur? I am talking about random areas in the body. I always get this problem, it's really annoying. Can stress be related to this in any way?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have sensitive skin and prone to itch from almost anything. You could have tiny out breaks of eczema or allergies. Here is a website below that focuses on skin conditions.

      Diagnosis/Symptoms
      Skin Rashes and Other Changes(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Treatment
      Dermatologic Surgery(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Dermatology Procedures(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Laser Surgery Information(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Prevention/Screening
      Skin Care: Top 5 Habits for Healthy Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Nutrition
      Your Meal Ticket to Healthy Skin(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
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      Disease Management
      About Ichthyosis: Skin Care Tips(Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types)
      Skin Emergencies(National Center for Farmworker Health)
      Also available in Spanish
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      Specific Conditions
      Acanthosis Nigricans(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Boils and Carbuncles(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Bullous Disease(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Growths(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Rashes: Granuloma Annulare, Lichen Planus, and Pityriasis Rosea(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
      Corns and Calluses(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dandruff(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatographia(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatomyositis(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary
      Dry Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Erythema Nodosum(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Granuloma Annulare(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Graves' Dermopathy: What Causes It?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Henoch-Schönlein Purpura(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
      Ichthyosis Vulgaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Intertrigo(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Keratosis Pilaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Nitidus(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Planus(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Lichen Striatus(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Mastocytosis(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
      Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Neurodermatitis (Lichen Simplex Chronicus)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Pityriasis Rosea(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Questions and Answers about Epidermolysis Bullosa(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Questions and Answers about Lichen Sclerosus(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Scalp Psoriasis vs. Seborrheic Dermatitis: How Are They Different?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis: What It Is and How to Treat It(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Seborrheic Keratoses(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Stevens-Johnson Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Sweet's Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Unexplained Dermopathy (Morgellons)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      What Is Lichen Sclerosus?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Related Issues
      Skin of Color(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Skin Problems in Construction(Center to Protect Workers' Rights) - Links to PDF
      Also available in Spanish
      Under-Eye Puffiness: How to Reduce It(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Warnings for Makers of Compounded Pain Products(Food and Drug Administration)
      Your Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      Pictures & Photographs
      Capillaritis(Logical Images)
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      Milia(Logical Images)
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      Pyogenic Granuloma(Logical Images)
      Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)(Logical Images)
      Scaly Skin (Ichthyosis Vulgaris)(Logical Images)
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      Seborrheic Dermatitis/Dandruff(Logical Images)
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      Stasis Dermatitis(Logical Images)
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      Anatomy/Physiology
      Atlas of the Body: The Skin(American Medical Association)
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      Clinical Trials
      ClinicalTrials.gov: Skin Diseases(National Institutes of Health)
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      Genetics
      Genetic Findings Lead to Prenatal Testing and Counseling for Blistering Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Genetics Home Reference: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Darier disease(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Harlequin ichthyosis(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Mutations in Gene Cause Ichthyosis Vulgaris(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Research
      Researchers Test New Ways to Assess Burden of Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Journal Articles
      References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

      Article: Biobrane: a versatile tool in the armamentarium of the reconstructive...
      Article: Recent updates on genetics: teaching old dogmas new tricks.
      Article: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis/nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy: a primer for radiologists.
      Skin Conditions -- see more articles
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      Dictionaries/Glossaries
      Dermatologic Surgical Procedures: Glossary of Terms(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
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      Find a Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      American Academy of Dermatology
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      Also available in Spanish
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      FASTATS: Dermatological Conditions(National Center for Health Statistics)
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      Children
      Cradle Cap (Pediatric Seborrheic Dermatitis)(Logical Images)
      Erythema Toxicum(Nemours Foundation)
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      Whole Story on Skin(Nemours Foundation)
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      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/skinconditions.html


seborrheic keratosis prevention

Intractable Plantar Keratosis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i have to research tailors bunions for homework, any help?
    i have to know
    -the surgery procedure
    -what they are
    -is 14 too young to have them removed?
    any help needed?

    • ANSWER:
      Tailor's bunion, or Bunionette, is a condition caused as a result of inflammation of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe.
      It is mostly similar to a bunion (the same type of ailment affecting the big toe). It is called Tailor's Bunion because in past centuries, tailors sat cross-legged, and this was thought to cause this protrusion on the outside aspect of the foot.
      It may also be known as Metatarsalgia or intractable plantar keratosis.
      It is usually characterized by inflammation, pain and redness of the little toe.
      Often a tailor's bunion is caused by a faulty mechanical structure of the foot. The fifth metatarsal bone starts to protrude outward, while the little toe moves inward. This change in alignment creates an enlargement on the outside of the foot.
      Tailor's bunion is easily diagnosed because the protrusion is visually apparent. X-rays may be ordered to help the surgeon find out the severity of the deformity.

      Treatment

      Shoe modifications - Wearing shoes that have a wide toe box, and avoiding those with pointed toes or high heels.

      Oral medications - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help in relieving the pain and inflammation.

      Injection therapy - Injections of corticosteroid are commonly used to treat the inflammation.

      Padding - Bunionette pads placed over the affected area may help reduce pain.

      Icing - An ice pack may be applied to reduce pain and inflammation.

      Surgery is often considered when pain continues for a long period with no improvement in these non-surgical therapies.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailor%27s_bunion
      http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/tailors-bunion.htm
      http://www.eorthopod.com/public/patient_education/6481/bunionette_tailors_bunion.html

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a strange crusty hard white bit of skin on my foot.?
    What is it, a verruca, maybe worn away skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Massey- Crusty and hard seems more like a callus. Callus formation is an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. This callus formation is our bodies defense mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction. Calluses are normally found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe.

      Some calluses have a deep seated core known as a nucleation. This particular type of callus can be especially painful to pressure. This condition is often referred to as Intractable Plantar Keratosis.

      Calluses develop due to excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. Some common causes of callus formation are shoes that are too small, obesity, abnormalities in the gait cycle (walking motion), flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot.

      Many people try to alleviate the pain caused by calluses by cutting or trimming them with a razor blade or knife. This is not the way to properly treat calluses. This is very dangerous and can worsen the condition resulting in unnecessary injuries. Diabetics especially should never try this type of treatment.

      In order to relieve the excessive pressure that leads to callus formation, weight should be redistributed equally with the use of an orthotic. Surgery should be the very last resort. If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    very painful callus on ball of foot? infected?
    So I've had this painful callus on the ball of my foot right behind my third toe for over a year, recently I tried to cut away at it but now there is a soft tender center and the callus around it. I was thinking it might be a Intractable Plantar Keratosis. Now it is very very painful I cannot even walk on that foot barefoot. Could it be infected? is there anything I can do to get rid of it?? I try and file it away and it softens it and makes it a bit more comfortable but I would really like to be able to just get rid of it. I've tried wearing more padded shoes but nothing seems to be helping.

    Please and Thank you for you help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming you do not have diabetes, but if you do, you should seek medical help for this callus. I think you may need to see a doctor anyway about this callus.

      To treat calluses, soak your feet in warm water for several minutes. After the skin has softened, use a pumice stone to gently file down the dead layers of skin.

      Regularly apply moisturizer to your feet to keep the skin soft and to soften up the hard, thickened skin of calluses.

      The doctor can prescribe a pad that is placed over the callus that contains salicylic acid. This will work to wear down the thickened layers of skin.

      In the doctor's office, a medical professional can use an instrument to trim the skin from the callus. This may have to be repeated several times.

      If calluses are severe and interfering with proper walking, the doctor may suggest surgery to correct the alignment issue that is causing the calluses to form.

      http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Corn-or-Callus


intractable plantar keratosis

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment For Toddlers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here dealt with 'chicken skin' on a toddler?
    aka Keratosis Pilaris. I know what I have used on myself in the past but I'm pretty sure it's not appropriate to put alpha hydroxy acid on a tot. ;-)

    I know the skin should be exfoliated and deeply moisturized but how do you go about exfoliating a toddler's skin? Do you have any gentle, natural and/or homemade suggestions? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had this all my life, and have never found an effective long-term remedy. Unfortunately my two girls -- 3 & 5 years old -- have recently developed it too. We moisturize profusely with creams, salves, and lotions that get good ratings from EWGs Skin Deep Database -- but that's mostly for their eczema, and it hasn't phased the bumps. I agree - their skin seems too delicate to exfoliate, but maybe if you used one of those plastic pouf bath scrubbies very lightly, it might help without damaging your child's skin.

      I've pretty much accepted it as one of those unfortunate inherited genetic traits that they'll have to live with. Maybe once they're in their teens they'll have the attention span necessary to improve this condition, but right now the ongoing treatments would be more stressful than a relatively benign condition.

  2. QUESTION:
    15 mo old has a rash that comes and goes throughout the day? Ideas on what it could be?
    For the past 2 days he has had a rash that appears in the afternoon so, by bedtime it is at it's worst, which is just a few patches on his face and sometimes on his arm or leg, too. Then in the morning it is gone. Since it was gone this morning I didn't take him to the dr., but it is back again! Last night we gave him benydryl, which really upset his stomach so, I don't want to do that again. Any ideas about what could be breaking him out?
    By the way, he isn't eating anything new and nothing has changed in the past two days either. We are at home and still using same detergent and whatnot.
    He is actually on an antibiotic for an ear infection so, he doesnt need one! And no, that can't be what is causing it.

    • ANSWER:
      Main > Toddler > Common Problems
      Rashes
      atopic dermatitis (eczema): usually has its onset between two and six months with the development of itchy red areas on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, trunk and on the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs (elbows and knees). The skin may be thickened, shiny and oozing and is usually very dry. Treatment is with daily use of moisturizers and topical steroid creams during breakouts. This is usually a chronic problem that will continue to improve and get worse for many years. See the Eczema Treatment Guide for more information.
      contact dermatitis: many agents can cause rashes in infants from direct irritation of the skin. These can include harsh soaps and detergents, saliva from excessive drooling, and bubble baths. This type of rash usually has mild redness and itchiness and improves with the use of a moisturizer or lubricant to protect the skin. Many agents can also cause an allergic contact dermatitis with a more intense reaction in the skin 7-10 days after being exposed to it. Common things that can cause allergic skin reactions include poison ivy, cosmetics, and metals. The rash usually is very red, itchy, with oozing, crusting and swelling and will improve with a mild potency hydrocortizone cream.
      impetigo: a skin infection caused by a bacteria that begins as a tiny red bump and quickly turns into a honey colored crusted plaque. It is most commonly found around the nose, but can occur on any area of skin that has been damaged. Impetigo is treated with antibiotics. For minor infections a topical antibiotic cream can be used, but more extensive cases will require an oral antibiotic.
      infections: rashes are commonly associated with many different types of viral infections, including roseola (causes high fever for 3-5 days and then once the fever goes away, small red bumps appear on the trunk that spread all over the body), fifth disease (causes red cheeks and then a fine lace-like red or pink rash on the arms), and chickenpox (causes small red bumps that turn into vesicles that crust over). See the Guide to Common Infections for more information on infections that can cause skin rashes.
      keratosis pilaris: causes small pinpoint size red bumps and rough and dry skin on the cheeks and the back of the upper arms and legs. It is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat, but may improve with lubricants or topical keratolytic creams, such as Eucerin Plus or LacHydrin.
      molluscum contagiosum: this is a type of wart caused by a virus. The rash consists of small flesh colored, dome shaped bumps with a crater in the center. They can be grouped on any skin surface, but are usually located on the head, neck and diaper area. Treatment is not required and this type of wart will go away on its own over several months to years. Treatment for more extensive or persistent warts can be treated with cryotherapy. An antiviral cream called Aldara is currently being tested in children to help with this common problem.
      ringworm (tinea corporis): a fungal infection that causes circular or annular shaped, red scaly patches with clear centers. It is usually found on non-hairy areas of the face, trunk, arms and legs and is easily treated with an OTC antifungal cream applied twice a day for two to four weeks.
      seborrheic dermatitis: causes yellow or salmon colored greasy scales and patchy redness on the scalp (cradle cap), face, behind the ears and in skin folds. Most children clear up without treatment in three to four weeks, but more severe or persistent forms can be treated with and anti-seborrheic shampoo with selenium sulfide or a low potency topical steroid cream.
      warts: appear as irregular and rough bumps, most commonly on the arms and legs, but can occur on any skin surface. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus, and usually do not cause any symptoms unless they are on the bottom of the feet or around the nails. Warts will go away on their own, but it may take one to two years for the process to be complete. Warts can be treated with cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and surrounding skin to kill the virus, or by use of topical medicines that contain salicylic acid.


keratosis pilaris treatment for toddlers

Skin Condition With Bumps

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my skin condition, keratosis pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. I was born with it and I get little white bumps on my arms and legs. It looks like pimples/acne but it's not. I have tried every lotion and scrub, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have this skin condition who has had success in reducing the bumpy appearance?

    Also, because I have been picking at the bumps for years, I've gotten scars. Is there a good cream or lotion to make the scars fade away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep on scrubbing and loading on products with tons of chemicals it is only going to make your skin get more irritated. If I were you I would such to all organic products. Coconut and emu oil are wonderful for skin. Raw organic shea butter is wonderful also.

      Try going to a health store or look online..I get everything from rose mountain.

      There are many organic oils out there that help reduce inflammation, reddness, scars, etc.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of or better my skin condition?
    I have a severe skin condition were my skin is very bumpy due because its very dry. Its kind of like eczema. Mind is really bad though and stubborn. Its just on my arms though. My dermitolgist called p.a can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      You need a light daily exfoliation, nothing too rough. I would recommend Avon's version of Pro-Active. The bumps are usually caused by buildup of dead skin cells that you aren't shedding properly. Sure, its for the face, but you can use the system anywhere on your body. Use a toner as well, and a correction cream, nothing too oily, this will just clog pores.
      You may want to consider hitting the tanning bed once or twice a week. The combination of both these helped clear up my "bumps" quite well.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why are african american men often suseptible to skin conditions on the back of their heads?
    I work in downtown Chicago and meet alot of people everyday. I see many people, including african americans and I notice that there seems to be a significant amount of black men that have skin conditions on the back of their heads, mostly above the neck area. It is either a discoloration, boils, scarring, or lesions. Is there a reason I see this alot with african american men and not in other races?

    im not racist; this is a legitamate question. i never see it so much with other races. Im just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      The skin condition that you concern yourself with has to do a combination of a few things amongst African American men. The first one is the way that they get their hair cut. It is usually cut very close to the skin. The type of oil that they put in their hair to make it manageable. The grade and texture of the hair and finally dirt and sweat. Now combine all of this together and this what you have. Most African American males use some type of oil in their hair to make it look nice. What this also does in the process is close the pores on the scalp and around the neck area so now the scalp can not breathe and some of the hair follicles are now trapped under the skin. The next process is the cutting of the hair. This will make the hair curl under the skin causing the small bumps which you generally see. There is also the outside factor that the barber's clippers may not be at their cleanest. If a man was to place a hot rag on that area to open the pores and not get his hair cut so short and change the oil that he uses. He will see that his neck start to look better. He can also use some rubbing alcohol to help dry up the oil which is trapped under his skin.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why is skin conditions medicine in in such terrible state?
    It seems most skin conditions "are not fully understood", "cause is unknown", and even getting a right diagnosis is so rare?
    Maybe eczema and viral pimples leading cause of cancer, but no one still knows about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin conditions are deceptively simple - many of them are autoimmune or allergic in nature, and the immune system is an incredibly difficult and complicated subject to understand, much less control. No one knows why someone's immune system starts overreacting and attacking itself - and, when it does happen, trying to stifle that response without destroying the normal function is extremely difficult. The immune system is like an engine running at redline all the time - if you add too much gas, everything goes wrong and the engine melts or explodes; too little, and if loses its power. Same thing with the immune system - it's constantly regulating the billions of organisms that invade or live amongst our body's cells. A little extra activity causes it to start destroying the body's own cells in unpredictable ways (autoimmunity), and too little causes harmless organisms to run amok, creating life-threatening infection. There have been huge advances towards finding more and more medications that can selectively target specific areas of the immune system, but for many people with severe autoimmune skin diseases, the only treatment we have are essentially chemotherapy drugs to keep their condition at a manageable level, but with severe consequences on overall immune function (among other things) as a result. Think your pimples are bad now?
      Everyone's immune system is different, and it's likely that the trigger that causes the initial reaction is different as well, so while there are only so many ways a rash or bump on the skin can look, there may be an endless variety of underlying processes that are responsible for it, making diagnosis extremely difficult. So, please don't make blanket statements as if people are just ignoring the area; they are being asked to move mountains, and meanwhile, people keep balking about the amount of money and manpower for medical research and trying to cut those resources while simultaneously demanding "cures" for an exponentially expanding number of conditions - you see the problem here (ok, rant over).

      As a side note, anything that continuously injures the skin and requires it to heal (this can include eczema, and possibly pimples) will inevitably increase the chance that a skin cancer will develop - every time a cell divides, there is a chance that something will go wrong, so simple probability says that dividing a lot of times will give you a lot more chances to end up with an error. People know about this, it's just unavoidable (besides stopping the damage in the first place).

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between epsom salt and dead sea salt?
    I want to know what the difference between the two is and which would be better for a salt bath. I have a skin condition that resembles goose bumps, which i heard can improve if you take soak in one of these two items. That is why i want to know the difference between the two.

    • ANSWER:
      ones dead and ones not.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the bumps on the inside of his leg?
    My boyfriend gets bumps on the inside of his legs and once on his ball sack. They vary in size and they stay for months at a time. He squeezes them and pokes at them, but nothing comes out. They will just go away eventually. He has been wondering what they are. My mom also gets these on her panty line. Does anyone know what these are? They kinda look like a pimple under the skin. but I don't think they are. They are really hard also. Someone please tell me what these are. He is driving me crazy always picking at them! LoL I know I have asked this question already, but I go no responses. It's not a heat rash or a skin condition. It is a bump! A large bump actually.

    • ANSWER:
      They could possibly be ingrown hairs. They are actually very common but people don't realize what they are. I have no idea what else they could possibly be. If there is a huge concern he should see a doctor.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for dried, cracked skin?
    I have had a terrible skin condition that cannot seem to be diagnosed. I have seen several dermatologist, rheumatologist and immunologist. Does anyone have a similar condition? How are you treating it?
    My skin is extremely itchy. Only affecting my arms and legs. It is not allergy related or blood related. It seems like my skin is not absorbing any of the topical medications prescribed to me.
    I am finding small "bumps" developing.

    • ANSWER:
      Seriously only try and use pure and natural products
      have you heard of Arbonne skin care? I do not have this condition but have friends with severe skin issues who swear this product (even if you have to try and use their baby line)
      is the only product to help soothe and treat them. Thought I'd mention it and never use products with vaseline or mineral oils to them (google petroleum)

  8. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of nasty bumps on my arms?
    I have these tiny little bumps on my upper arms. They look like a cross between pimples and goosebumps. They are all relatively the same size, and yes, as disgusting as it may sound, there's pus in them. If you look far away, the look like a shadow on my arms.

    Are there any ways to get rid of them very quickly? (I had them for a very long time).

    Also, what is the proper name for this type of skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      This skin condition is called Keratosis, it happens when the protein in the skin called Keratin forms hard plugs within the hair follicle. There are certain creams that can help, creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid tretinoin or Vitamin D. If its any consolation the spots can disappear when you get older, or can be less noticeable. Hope I have helped you

  9. QUESTION:
    I feel like my horrible skin is taking over my life?
    I have keratosis pilaris which is a skin condition similar to acne that is like little bumps all over that leave behind dark spots (for me). It's all over my forehead, chest and back and i cant even start looking for a prom dress because i'm too embarrassed. I went to a dermatologist twice but nothing really helped. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of the bumps on my forehead?
    That sounds kinda gross... But I dont know what I can do to fix my skin condition. I have really sensitive skin, my skin is on the oilier side. I get like alot of regular pimples, but at the same time I get these little bumps all over my forehead. Is there any special kinda tricks to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Although I don't fully know the nature of your problems, I've always sworn by tea tree oil for any sort of topical blemishes. My skin is sort of sensitive, and it doesn't dry it out, burn, or in any way cause more oil. Also, it smells nice. WalMart or any other similar store sells it near the vitamins.

  11. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my dog's skin condition?
    Well my dog's getting old and well she's got a bad skin condition where she get's these bumps and she will itch them until they bleed. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of this or what's causing it. She also get's these yellow eye buggers anyone know a cheap way to get rid of them.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some all natural treatments you can try after the Vet diagnoses your dog..
      http://www.ehow.com/list_7233029_natural-treatments-skin-rash-dogs.html

  12. QUESTION:
    How is it possible to have razorburn/bumps for seven years?
    i have had this skin condition among others for seven years. When I look at peoples necks(that is the problem area) nobody else has this and even if they do i see them the next day and its gone. Not even bump stopper id helping my neck is always fire red even on my best day covered with ingrown hairs and bumps here n there. Anyone else ever have this problem or am I the exception to this god awful rule?

    • ANSWER:
      There are some people who just cannot shave down to the skin. The skin is so sensitive that shaving is painful and results in razor burn as you have described.

      Ever wonder why Jason Statham (of Transporter fame) always has scruff? It's not because he's macho; it's because Mr Tough-Guy has this condition....his skin is so sensitive, he can't shave, but rather needs to clipper super close.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there an online diagnosis for skin problems?
    I have a skin condition that is termed as chronic urticaria by doctors. But the symptoms do not match my condition. They neither irritate/bleed nor they are communicable. (my wife and kid are free from such a skin condition) When I was 8 years old, I noticed these on my wrist but now it's spread to other parts of my body. I have them on (the inside of) my hands and on either sides of my abdomen, near the arm pits and on both feet. And, on the hands i have it mostly at the finger joints and knuckles. I am over 30 years and got fed up visiting doctors who prescribe temporary relief medicines (I used 'Dipsalic' - the skin becomes smooth after using this medicine for 2-3 days and then the bumps re-appear as soon as i stop using it) I want to know if any doctor could help me in diagnosing and treating it online. I am willing to send photos.

    • ANSWER:
      In your instance, certainly a second opinion is warranted. I would suggest that you see a dermatologic specialist. Even if your current physician is a dermatologist, get seen by another.

      Also, there is an "Ask" the Expert" section of the CME (Continuing Medical Education) website. Frankly, I don't believe there is any website that will diagnose you, nor any doctor who will do so without seeing you in person. You can, however, pose your questions to these experts, and perhaps have the field of possibilities narrowed:

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you exfoliate on keratosis with sugar?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my arms and I don't have an exfoliant right now so can I use sugar?

    Btw keratosis is a skin condition that causes red bumps on the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had it for years and I find that panoxyl is the only thing that really helps, ask your doctor about it.

      As for sugar, that would probably not be smart because it will clog the pores on ur skin causing further irritation and more red bumps.

      Do you have a loofa sponge of a pumice stone to rub on ur skin in the shower? That would be better.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why does the skin on my arms and butt feel weird?
    Ok this might be really strange but parts of my body (especially my butt and the back of my arms) have this weird skin condition. I dont know how to describe it, it doesnt look like much but it doesnt feel as smooth as the rest of my skin. It kinda feels like I have permanent goosebumps on those places and if you look closely, it looks like theres tiny pimples there. Does anyone know what this is or how I can get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris!
      ---Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as "chicken skin". If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone. Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.

      Most people with keratosis pilaris don't know they have it. While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. (Often confused with acne.)---
      go get more info at http://www.keratosis-pilaris.org/ :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of hair bumps on my legs? It seem like the hair is trapped in the bump ?
    its a skin condition I have an now its appearing all over my body. how can I get rid of it

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Can oral herpes start out as a little tender red spot underneath the skin?
    I just had sex for the first time, and I'm so scared that I could have herpes. My guy didn't have any weird skin conditions or anything down there but I heard that you can still get it with your partner not knowing that they have herpes/not showing any symptoms. I have a little red tender spot above my upper lip (not on my lip), but it looks a lot like the acne I sometimes get (like i have another tender spot of the same type on my forehead). There is no bump above the surface, it's just a little red spot thats tender to touch underneath my skin. Could this possible be herpes? :( Thank you so much for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you give him oral? If you just had vaginal sex, if he had it it would show up in your vaginal area.
      And oral herpes is common, it's also known as cold sores, which statistically 90% of people have them.
      Even if you did catch it from him, it's not uncommon to have on your lip. But it doesn't sound like a cold sore, I think you just but your lip.

  18. QUESTION:
    I get bumps after a skin irritation, what skin condition do i have?
    Hey, after i have a bit of skin irritation (like a scratch) a few minutes later, where i got scratched, it would rise by a few mm's then about 10 minutes later my skin would go back to normal, anybody know what skin condition i have? is it because i have dry skin or something?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    I have tiny skin colored bumps on my face and arms?
    I have tiny little skin colored bumps on my cheeks and upper arms. I'm in 7th grade and its really embarrassing when people point them out. I've had them for about two years now and they're not acne. When I scratch them just white hard stuff comes out, but its not puss. I clean my face regurally but they don't go away. Do I need to moisturizer? I don't even know what they're called. Please help. I'm tired of these stupid things. 10 points to the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Are Fordyce's Spots a nationally excepted skin condition?
    I have been reading more and more about Fordyce's Spots and wanted to know if it is a nationally excepted skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you mean accepted? Yes, every dermatologist in the world can recognize the natural bumps on your genitalia, they are not due to any disease or underlying condition, purely a cosmetic aspect of your anatomy. The appearance of these tiny bumps can be reduced with laser treatments but it is entirely unnecessary to do so.

  21. QUESTION:
    What certain websites might help me find out about skin conditions and treatments???
    My girlfriend is breaking out in welt type bumps all over her back,arms and chest a few times a day...What might cause this sudden outbreak of welt looking bumps???...They go away when rubbing alcohol or aloe is applied but they itch and are not going away.There has been no change in her habits or diet and she have not been hiking recently,etc.....What might this skin condition be???

    • ANSWER:
      Do a websearch on "uticaria" also known as hives.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 17 and I think I have this skin condition or whateveer it is. I've always had it but I just thought it was normal and that the little red spots were just notable because I hadn't taken any sun.
    They're not really bumps as much as they're just really small red "dots" where the hair is supposed to grow. I hate them and they really make me feel insecure. How do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had KP since i was about 8 and now im 15, im so sick of it!
      Many people recommend Derma Doctor but ive never tried it myself,

      Im currently using Cocoa Butter and Bio Oil on my arms to try and help it, and that's kind of helping.

      Going for a spray tan soon as ive heard it helps hide KP.

      Hope i helped <3 <3

  23. QUESTION:
    Why do I have bumps on the back of my legs?
    Latley as i've been shaving its really been bothering and i was wondering if i have a skin condition. But i don't have them all over. Just the back of my thighs.
    ....i dont use shaving cream only soap and i know the soap isn't an irritation becuase i would have bumps all over my legs wouldn't i?

    • ANSWER:
      have you tried putting lotion on them? It could be razor burn. Some areas of skin can get more irritated than other areas. If this persists and is really effecting you, go see a dermatologist.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does it takes for products like Nozema to work? School is closing i fast and I see little results.?
    I'm using Nozema Lathering Cleanser and the astrigent but I fail to see alot of change in my skin condition.

    How long will this take becasue beneath all this acne and bumps is apretty teenager waiting and she's been calling my name..

    • ANSWER:
      What the skin needs is a product that clears pores and kills bacteria, thus preventing hair follicles from clogging and turning into acne. This is what you should be looking for if you want to get rid of those ugly acne.

      Before trying any treatment, I suggest you read this informational source that listed the most effective acne treatments available:

      http://www.17acnetreatments.com

      P.S. I also know someone who used to suffer from severe acne for 14 YEARS and finally got rid of it completely. She's sharing her story at her site:

      http://20six.co.uk/my-acne-solution

      Maybe you could learn from her inspirational story
      .

      Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can cysts under the skin on a cat's back come to the surface of the skin?
    My cat has had a cyst along his spine, between his shoulder blades. He now has a scabby raised spot on his skin directly above that spot. This bump is nothing like any other skin condition that he has had before.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, cysts can come to the surface and rupture. There is a good chance though that if it IS a cyst, it will close up and refill again, unless the sac is removed.
      You will know if you are looking at a cyst sac when it's white in colour. and thick and rubbery in consistency. It often has the appearance of chewed gum - with quite a lumpy outer layer. You can try gently soaking some of the scab off with some water, and seeing if you can see the sac. If you can, it is quite safe to pull it out with a pair of tweezers.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    So, by now I already figured out that I have this skin condition since I know on certain parts of my skin like certain parts of my arms, and thighs I have it. Is there any type of treatment for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      Treatment may include:

      Moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better

      Skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D

      Steroid creams to reduce redness

      Improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.

  27. QUESTION:
    what's the best way to remove bumps/scales on back of arms and legs?
    I've tried lotions with alpha-hydroxy (Eucerin) that seem to help, but nothing seems to work well to eliminate this skin condition.
    Any tips? My cousins and I all have this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink more water and try ambi lotion

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!

  29. QUESTION:
    Embarrassing skin problem, how can i cure it?
    I have this all over my back and on my arms i don't know if i should call it acne because the bumps are so tiny and after time they dry and leave spots, i never wear bikini or summer clothes in the summer. That's the reason i don't wear many of the cute clothing. In the summer am all covered up. How can i cure this? I have had it since i remember, my mom has it too and i have seen lots of people with this skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure to use lotions, sun tan creams, and it helps to use creams like coco butter or something for stretch marks as well

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i reduce the effects of make up on my acne?
    I use an expensive, oil free water based foundaion. I'm worried -probably correctly so- that this is going to worsen my skin condition. How can i prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      People make all kinds of suggestions about the best thing to do to cure acne. Some cures I’ve heard include putting oatmeal, honey, lemon juice, tea tree oil, cucumber, vinegar, or toothpaste on your face. Practically every cosmetics company and company that makes personal care products makes something that is a “sure cure” for acne. If we think about this, and use some common sense, we have to come to the conclusion that there is no quick or easy cure for acne, because if there was it would be well known and doctors would be telling everyone about it. Numerous companies make a lot of money persuading people to buy products that at worst will make the acne worse, and at best may help some people a little. Often fewer products are better. People often make their acne much worse by using too many products. There really is no quick fix for acne. Don’t spend a lot of money on products just because their ads say that they will cure acne. Your doctor is the best person to ask for help, and he or she may recommend some prescription medication or non-prescription treatment that may be suitable for you..

      There are some very simple and basic things you can do that cost nothing. Keep your face or any other area affected by acne very clean. Any mild antibacterial soap will help with that. Rinse the area well to remove all soap residue. Drink plenty of water – it really does help to clear up acne. Eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. A healthy life style will make a difference. Try to reduce the stress in your life – stress contributes to acne, so also probably the more you worry about the acne and focus on it, the worse it will be.

      Probably the most useful and effective things you can do are to apply hot compresses to pustules and cysts and never to pick or squeeze pimples. Playing with or popping pimples, no matter how careful and clean you are, nearly always makes bumps stay redder and bumpier longer.

      Here are a few informative links with additional ideas about preventing and treating acne.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/acne/article.htm
      http://www.acne.com/cause_effects/causes_acne.php
      http://www.acnerecovery.com/acne-information/causes-of-acne.html

  31. QUESTION:
    If I have Keratosis Pilaris can I use shampoo with keratin in it?
    I have keratosis pilaris which is when my body creates too much keratin and leaves bumps all over my arms... I am wanting to use a shampoo and conditioner with keratin in it because it would make my coarse hair soft. Can I use it? Or would it make my skin condition worse? I would rinse it completely out and wash my body afterwards of course.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    How to clear acne, dark spots and pimples fast?
    I have had acne since sixth grade, when i was younger i didn't know i wasn't supposed to pick at it so now i have MANY dark spots. I still have bad acne and i always have at LEAST one huge pimple. I have tried just about everything. My parents make their own soaps and other products out of goats milk and other natural products. I tried their soap and it worked for about a month and i was noticing better skin. My skin just got worse! I also have a skin condition that makes my arms, face, and sometimes legs bumpy. Just a bunch of tiny little bumps all over. It doesn't itch or hurt its just not very attractive and annoying. I'm sorry i don't remember what it's called! I really need help though. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been having something very similar and nothing has worked until recently, I bought a regular non pore clogging lotion and I put one or 2 drops of pure tea tree oil in it. My face is nearly clear and my spots are slowly going away. It takes a bit but works. I wash my face every morning with whatever random acne stuff is around, I also wash other parts of my body with it. If my face feels dry I use a bit of face lotion with a drop of the oil. And I use gold bond on my other body areas. Every night I wash my face again and use the lotion with a couple drops of tea tree oil.

  33. QUESTION:
    Any treatment recommendations for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris, which is rough bumps on upper arms and on thighs and legs. It is not eczema or acne, but it is like small red bumps on the skin. It is unsightly and I want to get rid of it. Any suggestions for lessening the appearance or getting rid of it? I've already tryed a loofa, multiple types of sponges, and moisturizing lotion such as Aveeno & Eucerin. Any advice will be appreciated, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Small doses of the sun help - I won't say go and lay out but healthy sun helps -
      A lufa with a thick oil like Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa butter
      helps soften the skin.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy bumps on my finger?
    Hi! I have these little skin colored bumps on the top of my index finger that itch A LOT! I get them from time to time only on my finger but then they go away. What do you think they could be?

    • ANSWER:
      4.Dyshidrosis. (cheiropomphylox) Google images and dermnet.nz ...... does it look like this?
      It is allergy to a dermatophyte, which is any kind of skin loving bug. mold, yeast, bacteria, virus, parasite, pollen. It could be anywhere on your body. The rash on the hands(or feet) is just a red flag. Take anti-histamines for immediate relief. Fexofenadine 180mg, and 12 hours later 60mg, then every 12 hours 60mg. This is not the cure. But it will stop the itching. Go to dyshidrosis@yahoogroups for treatments and information.

      People who have eczema are 'atopic'. Very sensitive to all kinds of irritants. This is your immune system over-reacting to the presence of a dermatophyte. The most common dermatophyte is Candida in it's dimorphic, mycelial form in the intestines.
      The cure is really simple, but I very much doubt you can get your doctor to prescribe it for you.
      You need a two week course of NYSTATIN by drops, 4 million units daily. then a 2 week break, then repeat. If this does not work (and I would bet the cost of your doctor visit it does.) you need a drug called Toctino, to be taken for 90 days. This is expensive, you will find a cheaper way on the links at Dyshidrosis@yahoogroups.com. (You may find your eczema goes away too. I am betting you are 14/15.)
      am studying this condition, also called the 'Id reaction". Can I ask you to tell your dermatologist to refer to page 651, chapter 17 in the 1st volume of the Textbook of Dermatology by Rook, Wilkingson and Ebling.?

  35. QUESTION:
    Can body heat generate a itchy skin condition to occur?
    Can body heat generate an itchy skin condition to occur without causing bumps, rash, hives? With this condition, a person scratches to the point of causing redness, red streaks, raised bumps. Is there such a condition? Is it a food allergy, an environmental allergy? This condition worsens at night and after bath time. Also flares up when person's temperature rises - "hot".

    • ANSWER:
      i dont think the heat's generating it...its more like they're both the effects of sumthin

  36. QUESTION:
    I have lots of tiny little acne bumps on my forehead. Any homemade remedies to get rid of it?
    They're little tiny bumps. They're not red. They don't hurt at all. I'm 100% sure it's not a skin condition. Probably just mild acne, but I want smooth skin! I've tried exfoliating, facial washes with salicylic acid, facial masks, nothing worked! I heard Aloe Vera helped acne...is that true?
    The products I use on my face are oil-free moisturizer and 100% mineral make up.

    • ANSWER:
      I get this too! Little skin-colored bumps all over my forehead that come and go.

      It gets worse in the hot/humid summer months.

      I mentioned it to my dermatologist, expecting that she would prescribe some fancy overpriced medicated cream, but no, she told me it's actually a scalp issue and that Head & Shoulders (or a similar off-brand) would take care of it. I don't have noticeable dandruff, but apparently I have a mild case and the forehead bumps can be a side effect or reaction to what causes the dandruff.

      Anyway, I bought some H&S and massage it onto my scalp and smear a little bit on my forehead over the bumps and let it soak for several minutes while I wash up in the shower. When I first started this, it took about a week or so to see results, but it WORKED! :-)

      Now I maintain by doing it a few times a week. Sometimes I'll rub it on my forehead before bed, too. No more bumps after so many years of getting them.

      I really hope it works for you too. Careful not to let any of it drip into your eyes, it burns!

  37. QUESTION:
    How Can I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 14 and I have Keratosis Pilaris (Kp) everywhere. Kp is a common genetic skin condition where you get little bumps on your skin. But mine is on my arms, forearms, thighs, face, neck, chest, stomach, and on my shoulder blades. It wont go away. I used Amlactin (lotion) tried everything! Not to be all into myself or anything, but I am an attractive person, but I cant let girls touch me becuz of my rough skin. Its ruining EVERYTHING! How can I treat this thing, plz help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP on my arms and legs and I just recently bought KP Elements exfoliating lotion... My arms are so smooth and it even reduces the redness too. Even after the first application, I noticed a big difference. It's about for a small jar of it but it's definitely worth the money. I am very grateful they made this product!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a skin condition that is comparable to scabies?
    I have alot of red bumps on my body (especially on my feet and stomach) and they are very itchy. The itchng is worse at night, but I went to the emergency room and they told me they didn't believe it was scabies, which kind of surprised me. It can't be an allergic reaction because I haven't changed anything. Please help if you can. This has persisted for a couple of months. There is no zig-zag scarring pattern.

    • ANSWER:
      I would treat it for scabies regardless. Go to the pharmacy and get the cream for it called Nix, but make sure its the one for scabies as there are two kinds.

      The reason for doing this is that i had two doctors tell me they didn't think i had it and the third finally suggested i had it. The treatment worked. I did two full body treatments and endured another three weeks of itching. After about 1 month all itching was gone, but i noticed a 90% improvement within 3 days of doing the first treatment.
      I understand what you're going through and if its scabies it will not go away until this simple treatment is done. I had it for almost a year but in the final two months it drove me to tears on a daily basis.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this skin condition that when the bumps are barely touched they pop and it makes you itch really bad?
    My boyrfriend is getting these bumps all over his body. He says they do not hurt but they itch really bad. It seems to be wherever his clothes make contact with his skin. However His elbows which are not clothed also are getting them. He says they pop even when he barely touches them..I believe he sid yellow puss

    • ANSWER:
      I would have him get checked for scabies! It's a nasty parasite that lays eggs under your skin. It is highly contagious.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Polaris?
    i have had keratosis polaris all my life. it's this skin condition that causes little red bumps on my arms and the base of my neck, and i hate 'em! i've always wanted to be an actor so i want to get rid of them before i start auditioning so i look my best! how do i get rid of em?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, My friend actually has that disease, and it affects my arms as well. All I really know about it is that he can't shave because of it, but the bumps go away for me after a day in the sun, so I spend a lot of time in the sun to keep it in check.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the diference between dry skin bumps and forming pimples?
    i cant tell if these bumps forming are zits or pimples. because i never tend to get zits in groups...

    but now thyre coming...thyre just bumps though. thyre not red or anything.,...

    should i put lotion or acne cream on them?

    • ANSWER:
      I finally have clear skin and I want to share with everyone how I did it.

      My condition before: moderate acne on forehead
      Now: clear skin, no scars

      The regime is realllly simple.

      1.

      Stop use of all products (Proactive, soap, scrubbing face with washcloth, etc). NEVER irritate your face by overdrying it or rubbing it raw. Overdrying your face (any soap or acne product will do this...that's why after use, people commonly describe that their faces are: "red", "flaky", or have "white flakes". Your body doesn't know that this is supposed to get RID of the oil. No, your brain senses an overly dry face and produces MORE oil (sebum) to compensate for the lack of moisture. Then, too much is produced at one time, the face is oily, the pore is clogged, and you have to start the process over again.

      2.

      Stop or at least REDUCE the use of foundation/concealer/coverup, basically anything that you spread over your zits to make them appear less red/visible. Basically, makeup is a 10 hour face mask that has no healing/positive values. If you have to use makeup, I heard that mineral makeup covers well and is non-cosmogenic.

      3.

      So now, we have no more products. The regime now is VERY simple. Just wash your face with water. Splash it on, and don't rub vigorously over your face. Just smoothly and lightly wash the face. Do this for about 20 seconds. Then, take a dry, clean towel and dry it by PATTING your face and letting the towel absorb the water. This minimizes the irritation. Wash 2-4 times a day, preferably once in the morning, once when you get back from school/work, and once in the shower. Don't overdo it, because washing it with water obviously gets rid of sebum and this would make your body overproduce sebum again.

      4.

      Afterwards, use a moisturizer (that is mild and non-cosmogenic). Personally, I use Johnson and Johnson baby lotion (the regular pink bottle) and it works amazingly. It moisturizes my face very well and I do NOT have any break outs from it. And a plus is that it smells and looks as soft as a baby. And if you heard anything about "mineral oil," one of its ingredients, being bad for your acne, don't be afraid. On a scale of 0 to 5, 5 being clogging the most, baby lotion is a 1 or 2. Look at the website below. I typed into google.com, "mineral oil clog pores" and the first couple websites I visited ALL tried to disprove that myth that mineral oil is bad for your skin. =) Here's one of the many links that says that mineral oil is ok for your skin. It's actually pretty good!

      http://futurederm.wordpress.com/2007/12/21/is-mineral-oil-really-bad-for-your-skin/

      5.

      =) You're basically done. Just know that during the day, do not touch your zits. Your fingers have A LOT of bacteria on it! If you have to scratch an area, try to direct your nails at that one area, and do it with gentleness. (You know what I mean right?). And never pop a zit. No matter how tempting (I know, a big bulgy white/red mark...I've wanted to so many times), DON'T POP IT! This is irritating to your skin. When you pop it, bacteria goes in no matter how careful you are. And a popped zit just looks gross.

      Good luck!!!!! =) I'm basically clear when I followed this. BUT I have to say this. Age has a lot to do with acne. I grew up (17 yrs old) and my acne problems significantly went down.

      Key Concepts/Advise:

      A.

      Always be gentle with your face. Never irritate the pimples. Always splash on face, don't rub infected areas vigorously. This will do nothing but irritate the pimple.

      B.

      We don't know too much about pimples, but we DO know that once we get them, they will ALWAYS get worse if we irritate our skin.

      C.

      I used to a clear body (body with no acne) but after no showers for 2 or 3 days, I noticed one or two pimples that looked like whiteheads forming. Therefore, I deduced that pimples were caused by dirt and that they CAN be fixed.

      D.

      Dry face causes overproduction of oil. Therefore, if you have a regular skin (no soap, overwashing with water, etc) then your body wouldn't need to produce as much sebum--oil.

  42. QUESTION:
    what type of acne shows up as hundreds of little bumps all over the arms and legs?
    I've had little bumps on my skin since I was little, whenever the weather gets hot it starts itching quite a bit, I've tried a good amount of creams to see if they work but nothing seems even show some sign of relief, I was wondering if it could be some sort of fungus, or something along the lines of such skin condition, I really need some help with this

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris

  43. QUESTION:
    What kind of skin condition do I have and how can I make it disappear?
    I have several pink/red bumps on my stomach and back and they do not itch. Over the past few months bumps like this have appeared and disappeared and I'm not sure what the deal is. I've tried fungal medicine,hydrocortisone cream and several lotions, but none of them really worked. My sister had a breakout like mine, only worse, and went to the doctor; they told her it was from cold weather, but I'm not sure if that's right. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a mild allergy to a food or soap

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you cure the skin condition Keratosis Pilairs?
    I have Keratosis Pilairs, and because of it i have rough bumps all over my arms and legs and stomach. My face is really bright red all over, but smooth. Its apparently genetic, but i hate it, how can i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  45. QUESTION:
    Lots of little bumps in my face not acne?
    Theyre on each side of my cheeks by my nose going diagonal. They're just tiny red bumps. Could I maybe be allergic to something? Or is it just a skin condition? What could this be?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    I have this skin condition and I don't know what its name is. What are some possible ways to get rid of it?
    My face, arms and legs all have little bumps but they're not pimples. On my face the condition is around my cheek's and it makes my skin look red,bumpy and rough. My doctor prescribed lac-hydrin lotion and i have been using it for about a year now but it hasn't worked as well as some other lotions.
    Can someone please tell me what i have and how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you have Eczema....

      Eczema is term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated.

      The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

      According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the prevalence of atopic eczema is increasing and affects 9 to 30% of the U.S. population. It is particularly common in young children and infants. While many infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their second birthday, some people continue to experience symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled in the majority of sufferers.

      What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?

      No matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does the rash most commonly occurs on the face, knees, hands, or feet. It may also affect other areas as well.

      Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker.

      In infants, the itchy rash can produce an oozing, crusting condition that occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches may appear anywhere.

      How Is Eczema Diagnosed?

      Eczema can be diagnosed by a pediatrician, allergist, immunologist, dermatologist or your primary care provider. Since many people with eczema also suffer from allergies, your doctor may perform allergy tests to determine possible irritants or triggers. Children with eczema are especially likely to be tested for allergies.

      What Is the Treatment for Eczema?

      The goal of treatment for eczema is to relieve and prevent itching, which can lead to infection. Since the disease makes skin dry and itchy, lotions and creams are recommended to keep the skin moist. These solutions are usually applied when the skin is damp, such as after bathing, to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.

      If you think you may have this skin disorder, talk to a dermatologist...

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do i have itchy mosquito bite bumps on me?
    I suffer from a skin condition . But I suddenly get these mosquito like bites on me idk where they come from . All the sudden . It itches and won't go away . My mom said they look like bed bug bites butit cant B because my mattress is clean and there's nothing

    • ANSWER:
      the issue at hand focuses on the reason why mosquito bites itch. Mosquitoes are insects which depend highly on blood for survival. And it is only the female mosquito that feed on blood. This female mosquito does not actually bite but instead, it pierces through the outermost layer of skin of any human being, of which is called the epidermis.

      More you got here: http://www.knowswhy.com/why-do-mosquito-bites-itch/

  48. QUESTION:
    Frontline Plus Alternative for a Doberman?
    Does anyone have a Doberman AND you've found a pill alternative for pouring Frontline Plus or any other topical flea & tick (and all the various worms this brand also prevents & kills) control? Our Dobie is 90% inside an air conditioned home. He has a very dry skin condition down his back with little pimple like bumps from time to time. We think this medication may aggravate his condition. Anything he can take orally that will kill all of the same critters? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      For years I had my dog on Sentinal which works for heart worm and fleas. Revolution by Pfizer is an internal pill that will take care of heartworm, fleas, and ticks. You won't need Frontline Plus if your dog is taking this medication. Some dogs do have a skin reaction to Frontline Plus. I would quit using it.

  49. QUESTION:
    I have this little bumps behind my thighs how do i get rid of them?
    almost all over the back of my thighs i have these little bumps...they are only red when i itch them. they only get itchy after ive scratched them once. i get them right in the crease of where your butt becomes ur thigh. it is like every pore in different areas i notice right after puttin lotion on they go away but only for a few minutes...how do i get rid of these? is it a skin condition or is it diet or is it just dry skin....??? help

    • ANSWER:


skin condition with bumps

Natural Treatment For Keratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any inexpensive and affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and I haven't been able to find anything that really works. I've gotten lotions from my doctor but that doesn't completely help.
    Is there any inexpensive and affective treatment that really helps or helped you?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a loofah to exfolitate:

      To treat keratosis pilaris patients can try several strategies to lessen the bumps. First, the patient can supplement the natural removal of dry skin and papules by using a loofah or another type of scrub showering or bathing. A variety of different over-the-counter (OTC) lotions, ointments, and creams can also be applied after showering while the skin is still moist and then several times a day to keep the area moist. Medicated lotions with urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A can also be prescribed by the dermatologist and applied one to two times daily. Systemic (oral) medications are not prescribed for keratosis pilaris. However if papules are opened and become infected, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection.

      I hope using a loofah, or something similar, helps you. As you no doubt already knew (and can read in the article), keratosis pilaris is difficult to treat. Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a Good treatment for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I'm looking for a way to treat it. I know there is no cure, I just want to improve the appearance of it.

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris; however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation) .............. ll

  4. QUESTION:
    How to treat my keratosis pilaris?
    I've had this condition for a very long time. It is located on my arms, above the elbows. I never really cared about them, but I'm just so sick of them and want to treat it. I know it's not curable but I just need some kind of home treatment to lessen it. It is so unflattering when I wear strappy dresses or tank tops, and with spring coming up and all. Plus I always scratch them when I'm stressed and pick at them, which isn't good, because now there is scarring to go along with the bumps.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      You're right that KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are NOT generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      The moisturizers you've mentioned are good. You could also add olive oil to that list. Olive oil is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for keratosis pilaris and reduction of deep keloidal scars?
    i have had KP for the past 15 years now and i have so many scars because of them which affects my overall self confidence. please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'll tell you what, go natural. Natural remedies work. Start off by ditching all harsh and synthetic chemicals. They are terrible for your skin in the long run (not to mention, expensive). Switch to all natural or organic products and you will see a major difference. I can't even tell you how much my skin has cleared just from using natural home remedies. This is coming from someone who has had tons of scars on my face and body. Beyond belief. :-P Vitamin E is really good for scars. So is Rose Hip Seed Oil and Tea Tree.

      Oh and you should definitely try the BestBathStore soaps. All of their soaps are handmade with 100% natural ingredients. They can even out your skintone. I've been using their lemon cleansing bar as my body wash. It only took about 2 days for me to see major improvement on my scars.

      I'm not the only one. They have an entire review section here:
      http://bestbathstorecouponcodes.blogspot.com/p/reviews.html

      They offer free samples as well. Hope that helps. Take it easy.

      -Love Is Peace

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you use calmurid cream on your face?
    I have keratosis pilaris. Doctor diagnosed me last year. I have been using calmurid cream on my arms and legs since then. However now I have developed it on my cheeks. She said continue using the cream you have but when I got home the leaflet didn't say anything about using it on your face.

    • ANSWER:
      How does it work?

      This cream contains the active ingredients urea and lactic acid. It is used to moisturise and rehydrate dry, scaly skin.

      Dry skin results from lack of water in the outer layer of skin cells known as the stratum corneum. When this layer becomes dehydrated it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. The stratum corneum contains natural water-holding substances, including urea, which retain water seeping up from the deeper layers of the skin. Water is also normally retained in the stratum corneum by a surface film of natural oil (sebum) and broken-down skin cells, which slow down evaporation of water from the skin surface.

      The skin dries out when too much water evaporates from its surface. This increases as we get older, and is made worse by washing, because hot water and soap remove the layer of natural oil on the skin surface.

      When urea is applied to the skin it penetrates the stratum corneum, where it readily absorbs and retains water. This increases the capacity of the skin to hold moisture, and the skin therefore becomes rehydrated.

      Lactic acid is known as a keratolytic. When applied to the skin it breaks down keratin, which is a protein that forms part of the skin structure. In conditions such as chronic eczema and ichthyosis, excessive amounts of keratin causes the skin cells to harden, and makes the skin become thickened and scaly. Lactic acid breaks down the keratin in the hardened and thickened skin, helping to shed skin cells from the area to which it is applied, and soften and improve the appearance of dry, scaly skin. This action also improves the ability of the urea to penetrate the skin and rehydrate it.

      The moisturising base of this cream also provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin, which helps prevent water from evaporating from the skin surface.

      What is it used for?

      * Inherited, non-inflammatory dryness and scaling of the skin (ichthyosis, xeroderma)

      * Other dry, scaly skin disorders

      Warning!

      * This preparation is for external use only.

      * If you experience stinging when applying this medicine and this prevents you using it, the medicine can be diluted with an equal quantity of aqueous cream for a week of treatment. After this time you should be able to use it undiluted. Seek further advice from your pharmacist.

      * Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes).

      Not to be used in

      * Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient

      This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

      If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

      Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

      * There are no known harmful effects when this medicine is used during pregnancy.

      * This preparation may be used safely by breastfeeding mothers, providing it is not applied to the breasts prior to breastfeeding. This will avoid ingestion by the infant.

      Side effects

      Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

      * Stinging on application

      The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

      For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

      How can this medicine affect other medicines?

      By smoothing and softening the skin this medicine can increase the absorption of other medicines that are applied to the skin. This can be useful in conditions such as eczema because it improves the ability of other medicines, such as corticosteroid creams, to penetrate the skin and reduce inflammation.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the major chemical classes of salicylates used in the medicine?
    What pharmacologic category do drugs containing salicylic acid belong?

    What is the difference between natural and synthetic salicylic acid?

    what are the pharmaceutical and medicinal uses of salicylic acid?

    • ANSWER:
      Salicylates is a group of drugs that are chemically related to “Salicylic Acid”. The group falls in drug category of ‘Analgesic-Antipyretics and Anti-Inflammatory Agents’.

      Major chemical classes include Salicylic acid, Sodium salicylate, Acetyle salicylic acid (Aspirin) and Methyl salicylate.

      Natural Salicylic acid is a substance obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves) and it can also be synthesized, which is versatile and possesses bacteriostatic, fungicidal, and keratolytic actions. Synthetic Salicylic acid is chemically known as ortho-hydroxybenzoic acid or 2-hydroxybenzoic acid.

      Salicylic acid reacts with acetic acid to form acetylsalicylic acid, better known as "Aspirin".

      Medicinal & other uses of Salicylic acid:

      - It is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts.
      - Because of its effect on skin cells, salicylic acid is used in several shampoos used to treat dandruff. Salicylic acid is also used as an active ingredient in gels which remove warts.
      - The medicinal properties of salicylate, mainly for fever relief, have been known since ancient times, and it was used as an anti-inflammatory drug.
      - Cotton pads soaked in salicylic acid can be used to chemically exfoliate skin
      - Sub-salicylate in combination with bismuth forms the stomach relief aid known commonly as Pepto-Bismol. When combined, the two key ingredients help control diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, and gas. It is also a very mild antibiotic.
      - Although toxic in large quantities, salicylic acid is used as a food preservative and antiseptic in toothpaste. For some people with salicylate sensitivity even these small doses can be harmful.

  8. QUESTION:
    What to use for Kerarosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris and would like to know what everyone out there uses for theirs. I cant realistically spend the money it takes to buy things like "KP Duty" so I wanna know what different things people have used with results.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. Treatment includes tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream or Adapalene, a retinoid medication. Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing creams, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.

  9. QUESTION:
    Dermatology Help (Keratosis Pilaris?)- How to improve?
    My upper arms and thighs are covered in tiny dots which looks like a rash. It isn't itchy and I've had it for more than 10 years. My cousins have had it too. Right now, it is less spread out than when I initially got it. I know it is not contagious and that it hasn't spread. A previous dermatologist suggested that it was due to an excess keratin (Keratosis Pilaris). What can I do to stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking keratosis pilaris treatment, do bear in mind that this condition does not need to be treated with conventional medication which may bring more harm than good. Start with the basics such as diet and skin care, and this will significantly improve your condition.

      First, include Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 & GLA, in your diet, as these help regulate abnormal proliferation of the outer skin layers. In other words, they help promote a healthy exfoliation process which in turn helps the skin rids the body of toxins. Daily cleansing of the body is how we help the process by washing away the dead skin cells from the body. In some cases, we may need to assist the exfoliation process with the use of exfoliating soaps or cleansers or body loofahs.

      Keratosis pilaris is a condition which indicates lack of moisture and imbalance immune system. You need to bring moisture back to your skin, by increasing water intake as well as moisturizing your skin. In addition, you need to restore balance through nutritions and detoxification to remove the toxins that are affecting your immune health.

      Urea Cream is often recommended for treating Keratosis pilaris. However, before you use urea creams, think about this. Nitrogen, which is a waste product of protein metabolism in humans, is removed from the blood and converted to urea. Urea is transferred into the urine and removed from the body. Medically it is used in creams, supposedly, to restore moisture. There are more natural and healthier alternatives for moisturizing the skin such as Vitamin E oil, borage oil, and a many others; why use a toxic waste byproduct to do the job. In addition, most of the prescribed creams that contain urea might contain other harmful ingredients that's not particularly good for the skin.

      Try these more natural skin care options instead:

      Elicina cream (http://bioskincare.com/keratosis-pilaris.htm)
      Rose Hip oil
      Burt's Bees Exfoliating soap
      Burt's Bees Vitamin E bath oil
      Borage Skin Therapy lotion by Shikai

      Consider a cleansing or detoxification program to rid the toxins from your system. Finally, you will need make sure your environment is allergen free. Apart from food allergens, try to avoid other possible allergens which may aggravate your condition such as chlorine treated water systems, pet dander, molds, dust mites, Amalgam fillings in teeth, fluoride in toothpaste, harsh detergents, and so on.

      In conclusion, it is good news to those affected that keratosis pilaris is harmless and easily treated. With the proper diet and change of lifestyle, you can overcome this condition easily. Go for natural treatment for keratosis pilaris to avoid even more toxins to get into your body system which in turn will worsen the condition. Take care of your diet and lifestyle, you are on your way to healthier skin.

  10. QUESTION:
    Whats the best treatment to get rid of Rosacea?
    I have rosalia on my checks and arms. Im going to the doctor soon. But is there any way i can try to clear it up?

    • ANSWER:
      You sound certain that it's rosacea.... I'm assuming by "rosalia" you may be meaning the bumpy skin, or pustules that can form with rosacea?
      Unfortunately there is no "cure" for rosacea. Living with rosacea is about educating yourself, learning & understanding your own personal triggers, and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly.

      Are you certain it might not be keratosis pilaris? http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm

      Regardless of what it actually is, there's certainly ways to keep some facial redness and rosacea acne under control and less noticeable. It's up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.

      You can try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic) Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)

      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness and acne)

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

      Earth Science has an herbal tonic facial mist that is an oil-free moisturizer which is sprayed (misted) directly onto your face. If you store it in the fridge, it is very refreshing and helps cool and lower the skin temperature of the face immediately. Because it's a mist, it can easily be applied anytime.

      Neutrogena makes an excellent moisturizer, simply called "Moisture". It's oil-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and they have a type that is specifically made for sensitive skin. You can safely use it on both your face and your arms.

      There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce facial redness:
      - There is a face cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated for rosacea-prone skin types.
      - Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
      - LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)

      I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.

      If you're interested, here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      - avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt, oils, & bacteria from your hands can clog the pores)
      - avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally) Alcohol can irritate & damage sensitive skin tissue. Alcohol is also generally known as a trigger for most rosacea people.
      - only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      - avoid any scented soaps and creams
      - have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      - try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      - try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      - try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish.
      - avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf)
      - drink pure green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      - eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      - avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content.
      - find out what your own personal food "triggers" are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      - avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      - try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      - try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions including rosacea)

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding rosacea...

  11. QUESTION:
    is there a good treatment for keratosis pilaris?
    i have keratosis pilaris and i have them on my arms all over except for the inside!! and then i have them on my upper legs! i would like them to get better but i dont no what i should use?? i would like to try kp or glytone but im not sure if they work! if so which one works better?? im Very self conscious and would love for them to get better!! please and thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Mild to moderate deficiencies in Vitamin A can sometimes contribute to keratosis pilaris. Talk with your doc about whether this could be the case for you.

      **Please do NOT just start taking VitA supplements without involving your doc in the decision. VitA can be dangerous at too high a dose (toxic at high levels.) And if you're of childbearing age and could get pregnant you also need to know that high doses of Vit A can have very dangerous/damaging effects on a developing fetus.**

      If your Vit A levels are fine...
      - Try a naturally anti-bacterial body wash (eg: contains tea tree.)
      - Or switch to an unscented body wash designed for sensitive skin and add a few drops of an anti-bacterial essential oil to it - you could try eucalyptus, rosemary, ginger, grapefruit or lavender. Create your own scent!

      - Gently exfoliate your skin in the shower with a natural bristle brush or natural sponge a few times a week.

      - Moisturize with castor oil. This is a thick, viscous oil. Just out of the shower, apply a small amount of castor oil to your hands and pat/rub on your skin. Castor is mildly anti-bacterial and will help treat the "spots," will facilitate a mild detox... and it just overall healthy and wonderful for your skin.

      - Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and veggies to provide the best nutrients your skin and body needs.

      - You could try adding an Omega3-6-9 supplement. I don't typically recommend omega6 or omega9 supplementation, because most people get lots in their diets. There's some sound science, though, that omega6 is beneficial for a variety of skin issues. (You can get omega3-6-9 capsules or just take a tablespoon or two of high quality coconut oil daily. Eat it right off the spoon, add it to your meals or melt it into hot coco.) :)

      - Change/wash your bed sheets at least once a week (and wash them in hot water.) Bed sheets can sometimes host bacteria that worsens (or causes) acne and/or folliculitis.

      And remember that while it looks bad to you, most other people likely aren't noticing it much at all. We're harder on ourselves than anyone else. Be kind to you. :)

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

      1. How to prevent Sunburn* & scope for consequential skin cancer, Melanoma, etc: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. Timely exposure of body ensures safe and sufficient production of Vitamin D by Ur body. During strong winds, no exposure to sunlight, please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own risk for skin cancer/melanoma

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  14. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to get rid of chicken skin from the back of my upper arms?
    I've got chicken skin on the back of my upper arms. Is there anyway to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      This is due to keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. Treatment includes tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream or Adapalene, a retinoid medication. Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing creams, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and regards.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get smooth arms?
    The section of my arms between my shoulders and elbows have been rough for years. They get lots of little pimples, and are always dry. I've changed soaps, detergents, no lotion I know of works long term, I don't wear tight shirts and I don't sweat a lot. Can someone please tell me an inexpensive or natural remedy for my skin?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris is quite common and is usually found on people's arms.
      Here is some info about keratosis pilaris.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

      Here are some natural home remedies for it.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Keratosis-Pilaris-Treatment---Easy-Home-Remedies-Tips&id=644857

  17. QUESTION:
    What is an easy homemade-ish way to get rid of pimple and blemishes?
    I get these like pimple breakouts on my face sometimes, and i don't want to buy all those expensive creams and lotions and things. Anyone know something i can try a home, with household things, or something low cost? thanks so much.

    p.s oh and if someone also wants to explain to me how to hide all of that with make-up, it would be appreciated as well :D

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tomato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.
      The reason why your skin clears up then blemishes again is because you skin becomes immune to the product your using. Thats why skin never stays clear. Face cleansers like Proactive, Clean and Clear and all that stuff has a lot of chemicals in that eat away bacteria on your face. Now there's nothing wrong with that but when it starts stripping your face of natural oils then you have a problem.

      Diet is also a bit part a clean skin. Make sure your eating right, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and blah blah blah. Keep your hands from your face, and don't pick at your blemishes. It will just spread bacteria over your face.

      Buy some bare minara

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the tiny bumps covering my cheeks and tops of my arms?
    There are tiny bumps all over my cheeks, some on my nose, and tops of my arms. They are rarely red and its defefinitly not acne. They have been there all my life and they are really starting to bother me now that im a teenager. Does anyone know what these are? How I need to talk to about them? A moisturizer or cream that really works or cures them? help!

    Thx :)

    • ANSWER:
      What you have is called keratosis pilaris, is usually caused by s excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin.People with keratosis pilaris usually get this only during certain season, such as winter and some have it all their life. (Like I do) THERE IS NO CURE for keratosis pilaris, but only treatments that help reduce the appearance of it on the skin.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do I do about these strange bumps on my arm?
    Okay, so as you can imagine, I have acne on my face. No big deal, I treat it daily, but that's not the problem.

    I have all these weird, acne-like bumps on my arm, and I can't get rid of them. They've been there forever. They are NOT mosquito bumps. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is mostly found on the upper arms, buttocks and thighs. Dry skin cells that normally flake off the skin, get caught in the hair follicles and clogs them up. This forms little pimples that have a dry rough texture. They are not painful or itchy but aren't very attractive and are known chicken skin.

      Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

      Keratosis Pilaris occurs mostly in teenagers on the upper arms. However, babies and adults can experience this condition on their faces, upper arms, legs and buttocks. It's a genetic follicular disorder that looks almost like "goose bumps" and are rather rough to touch.

      Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet).

      Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents, varying in degree from minimal to severe. It can last for a number of years but usual begins to disappear at the age of about 30 years old.

      Keratosis pilaris is a result of a process called hyperkeratinization. This is when there is an excess production of keratin (a natural fibrous protein of the skin, hair and nails) that builds up around the hair follicles. The skin becomes flaky and dry and if not removed from the skin it clogs up the hair follicles causing the small pimple like bumps that are visible on the skins surface.

      google 'oil pulling' - I have read that that can have dramatic effect and help the condition - reason is not well understood

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I remove these bumps on my arm?
    I have had these small bumps on my upper arm for almost all of my life and I just recently found out that what I have is called Keratosis Pilaris. Is there any way I can remove these bumps on my arms? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I also have them, and suffer from the same thing.

      the cure i have found is very simple.
      a little sunlight on the arms.
      less dairy & mainly less milk.
      more fresh produce
      more water.

      mine have faded dramatically, and are almost gone!
      when i have a tran, they are hardly there at all!
      good luck!

      Classification

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.[3]

      [edit] Symptoms and signs

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance.[4] This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.[5]

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.[6]

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.[7]

      [edit] Treatment

      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day.[8] The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. [9] Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed.[10] To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.[11]

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermatologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.[12]

  21. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic, the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some who seek treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema and also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication which is a more stable compound, less sunlight sensitive and has less general side effects and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts back to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert back to its pre-treatment condition, but may at the same time take several weeks or more to show optimal results with the condition commonly worsening initially as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.[citation needed]

      Unfortunately keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable,[citation needed] giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition.[citation needed] Ignorance accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side effects, adverse reactions and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase, coupled with the cheaper, safer and easier availability of other treatments has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.[citation needed]

      Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  22. QUESTION:
    how to remove the bumps i have on my arms?
    its kiratosis pilaris , nad my doctor did give me a medical cream for it . but now i cannot use it cause im having lazer treatements, and the doctor said that i shouldnt use any medical creams.
    so any at home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      For Keratosis Pilaris, wash with a mild soap (Clearly Natural Glycerine Soapglycerine soap, Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skingentle cleanser, Dove Deep Moisture Body Washbody wash for keratosis pilaris, etc.) to not dry out the skin.

      One step in treatment is intensive moisturizing. Try Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture, Dry Skin Lotionvaseline lotion or Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing LotionComplex 15 after bathing, and re-apply the cream again several times daily. Put this on when the skin is still damp. If one of these creams does not help, change to a cream containing urea (Nutraplus Lotion with Urea or Aqua Care Lotion for Dry SkinAqua Care) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer with 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acidsalpha hydroxy lotion) applied twice daily - it may be too irritating to use more often.

      The second step is to remove the plugged pores can be by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or a Buf-PufBuf-Puf. Using Dove Exfoliating Body Washbody wash for keratosis pilaris with the scrubber will moisturize as it exfoliates. Rub in a circular motion.

      Take a good Multivitaminmulti-vitamin. If you already are, take extra Vitamin AVitamin A.

      Increase the humidity in the bedroom with a Humidifierhumidifier.

      Get 15 to 30 minutes of sunshine every day possible.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do i have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?
    ok well on both of my arms. there are these little tiny white bumps on the upper forearm. i dont know what they are. ive tried to pop them but nothing comes out of them.
    if u have any ideas of treatment or what you think it is let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  24. QUESTION:
    I have these pimple looking bumps on my legs thighs and arms?
    What does it mean? i had them since i could remember but never really did anything about it. They look like little pimples and they are psychological affecting me, i wont show my thighs or don't want anyone to rub my skin cause of it. What is it, and what could i do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably Keratosis pilaris.. does it look something like this?

      http://apps.uwhealth.org/health/adam/graphics/images/en/1920.jpg

      Keratosis is basically extremely dry skin, usually more apparent in higher-altitude regions.

      The obvious way to get rid of it is go to a dermatologist, get it checked out, and get him/her to prescribe you a cream or whatever to put on it.

      However, A more natural, home-remedy treatment is simply applying lotion (try to go with a fragrance-free lotion with oatmeal) or oil (like oil of olay) to your trouble areas RIGHT after a bath or shower. This approach may take much, much longer, but I guarantee that it will work!

      Also, It is sometimes caused by a lack of vitamen A. Try to eat more foods like this:
      liver
      sweet potatos
      carrots
      mangoes
      spinach
      cantaloupe
      dried apricots
      milk
      egg yolks
      mozzarella cheese

      or you could take vitamin A supplements with the lotion routine.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am a teenager with upperarms that are either full of clogged pores or just are bumpy?
    I was wondering whether or not this was just dry skin. I do not see a dermatologist and I am not going to. When I saw my normal dr. he sad that it was just dry. I was wondering i there was anyhting I could do to fix this. I am kind of shy about them because they are slightly red as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Odds are the condition is actually what is called Keratosis pilaris, it resembles sort of goosebumps on the skin. KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs. Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris; however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. I've has this condition since my teenage years, and I've tried a few treatments with little success. Ask you doctor if it may be KP.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have goosebumps all over my chest and neck?
    I'm pretty sure they're not pimples, they don't look like them. They look like goosebumps, but don't feel like them. How do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      They may be Keratosis Pilaris (KP).

      check it out, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

      While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it, and it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore.

      The treatment is nutritional. I have talked with an 18 year old male who cleared it up 90% in one month taking SBT Seabuckthorn Single Source Capsules

      http://www.seabuckthorn.com/capsules.htm

      I have no reason to lie to you and I suspect you will benefit greatly.

      Doug

  27. QUESTION:
    Whats the best thing to wash your face with daily to get rid of acne?
    At the moment im using this Boots daily face wash. Is that good for treating acne? Or should I just use Soap and hot water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I used to use a lot of acne treatments. Even aspirin masks. didnt really work out. I also had a bad case of keratosis pilaris on my arms( you mite wanna look tht up) i started using burt's bees lotions and body washes about 3 days ago & i use it on my face. it has cleared up tremendously.
      i wont ever go back to using all those chemical infested body washes and acne teatments.
      i suggest you use Burt's Bees ance treaments. they really work.
      burts bees is almost 100% natural. its really good for the body.
      hope i helped:)
      good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of these ugly red bumps on my legs and arms?
    sometimes they have little white things u can pull out they dont hurt or itch theyre just really unflattering lol. they come and go. more when its cold but when its hot they go away

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Hun, i have the same thing, its a skin disease.
      Don't worry, its harmless. Its called Keratosis Pilaris .
      Also known as KP, or Chicken Skin .
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore.
      Don't worry, it'll go away after puberty or well in ur adult years.
      If you want them to go away, there are treatment creams avaliable, but i use baby cream, and it helps. There is no cure, and once again, its NOT harmful. Hope i helped .

  29. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the best way to treat Keratosis Pilaris (KP)?
    I have Keratosis pilaris (KP) and I want to know if anyone found the best treatment for this. I hate my upper arm and upper thigh rough bumpy skin and putting lotion is not good enough for me. If anyone has a natural remedy (or any particular lotion or cream) it works please share it with me!

    • ANSWER:
      I went to the doctor and she prescribed me some Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream- which is a Rx only steroid cream. She also told me to buy Ammonium Lactate Cream, or Lac Hydren cream and I've been using it for about 2 weeks and I've seen a major difference already.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Keratosis Pilaris?
    That stuff that looks like acne. I only just realized that I have a mild case of this and while i read that It has only cosmetic consequences I read that one of the things that causes this is food allergies such as dairy. I used to be lactose intolerant when I was a baby and was wondering if this might be the cause? What do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      This from Wiki
      The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Some treatments are largely symptomatic and may need repeating. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with extreme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects. A more safe and effective treatment is applying coconut oil to the affected area. Use the coconut oil when in the shower; this should help eliminate the bumps and may even prevent the return of them permanently.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten and dairy being common culprits.

      Good luck !

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist for Keratosis Palaris?
    The little red bumps on my arm. I haven't tried anything to get rid of them, I just want the quickest, best results. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      While there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, there are palliative treatments available. The efficacy of these treatment methods is directly related to the individual's commitment and consistency of use.[citation needed]

      Creams containing the acid form of vitamin A, Tretinoin, have been shown to help. Most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, it is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by increasing the cell turnover rate of the outer layer of the skin, decreasing the amount of the keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. While keratosis pilaris is not acne, some believe this action may be of benefit to those with KP as well.[7]

      Another retinoid that has the potential to help with keratosis pilaris is Adapalene.[7] Benefits include increased stability when applied in conjunction with other topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a moderator of cellular differentiation, keratinization, and inflammatory processes, having both exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects.

      An alternative is the prescription medication Triamcinolone.[7] Most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, Triamcinolone is a synthetic corticosteroid, compounded as a cream, which has been medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema. As the action responsible for alleviating eczema symptoms is, as with retinoid creams, the reduction amount of keratin in pores, the effect of Triamcinolone on KP is expected to be similar.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.[citation needed]

      The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable,[citation needed] giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. Ignorance, accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side-effects, adverse reactions, and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase - coupled with the cheaper, safer, and easier availability of other treatments - has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.[citation needed]

      Sulfur has been used for skin treatment predating modern medicine. Sulfur soaps, lotions, and exfoliants have been used successfully for treating KP. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements used with some success often require dosage as high as 25g per day. Side effects can include thickening of hair and nails, and pale skin.[8]

      Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams, and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to their containing lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight is helpful as well. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and, in many cases, will cause bleeding.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of pimples?
    i am 13 years old i get them on my face back and chest! i know it bcause of hormones but my friends dont have them! so pleasee helpp me!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tamato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.

      Hope I helped!. :)

      http://www.riteaidonlinestore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=45914&catid=9717&trx=PLST-0-SEARCH&trxp1=9717&trxp2=45914&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-SEARCH

      Source(s):
      My brain.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does any one know a way to get rid of these bumps on my arms and legs?
    i have these little redish bumps all over my arms and legs when i touch them they get kinda more red.they bug me and i have a class trip including a lot of bikini wearing at the end of the year, please help me

    • ANSWER:
      It's more than likely Keratosis Pilaris, a really common skin condition especially among teenagers. It's harmless unless you get too aggressive treating it or trying to remedy it(aggressively picking or rubbing your skin) which can cause scarring. KP is the result of a build-up of a protein called keratin. The buildup forms a plug in the opening of hair follicles, resulting in many red, raised bumps. It tends to get better as you get older but often it's a lifelong inherited condition. Treating it very regularly (twice daily or at least whenever you shower) is usually necessary to maintain improvement. Some people improve a lot and some don't as much despite treatment though. If you visit online forums you'll also notice that people sometimes have good results with different methods. (But realize that sometimes reviewers, for any kind treatment or product, may not be using something properly or have unreasonable expectations or just have a very different kind of skintype/condition than you may have.)

      Exfoliating the dead skin buildup regularly with a course wet washcloth (or through dry brushing or a wet loofah or buffpuff)and using an acidic moisturizing lotion twice daily is usually the most recommended treatment to improve the appearance of the skin. But be careful especially if you have sensitive skin. And you don't want to use acidic solutions that will overly dry out your skin. Some acid ingredients might be AHA/Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glycolic Acids, BHA/Salicylic Acid (though make sure its in a formula that is moisturizing) Lactic Acids, Urea, etc...

      Lac-Hydrin Five is a drugstore product that is often tried for KP. It needs to be used regularly though. If you manually over exfoliate you could cause tears in your skin and if you put on an acidic lotion it will hurt! If you haven't over exfoliated and the lotion still inflames your skin you will need to find something else because you have sensitive skin. If you think you need a stronger solution you can consider getting a prescription from your doctor.

      Some all natural remedies are using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil mixed with sugar and used as a scrub. After getting out of the shower Coconut oil rubbed into the skin is helpful too.

      Also, since you said that the class trip is at the end of the year, if you get some (careful) sun exposure to the affected areas before you go it might help a little too. KP often improves with sun exposure during the summer months, but please don't let yourself burn, and also realize that using any acidic products topically makes you more vulnerable to skin damage. Remember that sun damage is cumulative and often the extent of the damage isn't realized until a few years down the road. Carelessness in the sun can cause you to prematurely wrinkle or even worse get skin cancer. So be careful about overexposure ok? (oh any kind of ingredient in a topical product whether makeup or lotion will usually make you more vulnerable to skin damage too) I hope you find something that helps your skin condition.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone managed to get rid of (or reduce) fordyce spots?
    It says how you can help reduce them on the net but doesn't actually have any replies from people saying if it works or not. Thanks :)
    @Philin, yes I do think they are, as I'm pretty sure hair follicles wouldn't be present on the innest part of the labia minor.
    Thanks
    *minora

    • ANSWER:
      Ooce - How to Get Rid of Fordyce Spots
      Fordyce's spots and “sebaceous prominence,” are small, painless, pale bumps or spots 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter that may appear on the labia. They are harmless, but are a great concern for cosmetic reasons. There is currently no standard treatment for Fordyce's spots, and doctors don't recommend treatment. It is possible however, to reduce the prominence of these spots, or even get rid of them completely.
      When people first notice Fordyce's spots, they usually think that they're infected with a sexually transmitted disease or STD. On the contrary , these spots are not associated with any illness or disease, and are a natural occurrence on the body. In fact, they are estimated to be present in 70% to 80% of the population, which means they are very common. The exact cause of Fordyce's spots is unknown, although experts think that there is a genetic link. The condition isn't caused by viruses or bacteria, and also not contagious. The spots are large sebaceous glands. Usually, these spots are present at birth, but they don't become prominent until puberty.
      Doctors don't recommend treatment for Fordyce's spots because the risk of complications outweigh the perceived advantages of not having the spots. The following treatments can reduce or completely get rid of your spots:
      Tretinoin: Apply tretinoin cream or gel daily to the affected areas. This will reduce the prominence of the spots over time and prevent them from getting worse. Tretinoin cream works best when used in combination with alpha hydroxyacid agents. Tretinoin is a substance that's normally used to treat acne and keratosis pilaris or “chicken skin.”
      Isotretinoin: The spots will likely reappear when you stop treatment, so keep on applying the medication. If the spots persist, try using Isotretinoin though, has a lot of side-effects, including: headache, urinary problems, rash, eye irritation, nosebleed, intestinal problems, dry skin, muscle and joint pains, chapped lips, temporary hair thinning, poor night vision, and depression. Do not take this drug if you're pregnant because it may affect your unborn child, and may cause damage to your liver. Talk to your doctor before using this medication.
      Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) chemical peels: TCA peels are sometimes prescribed to reduce Fordyce's spots, but symptoms usually recur as soon as you stop treatment. TCA can peel deeper than other chemical peels that only cause mild skin flaking. It usually takes about a week for the skin to completely peel, and your doctor may recommend using a moisturizer during this time to hasten the peeling process. Also, make sure to use sun protection if you're using TCA on other parts of your body aside from the genitals, because skin becomes more sensitive during the peeling process.
      Laser vaporization: The prominence of the spots can be reduced through vaporising laser treatments, such as CO2 laser or electro desiccation. Laser treatments though, may have side-effects such as burning or scarring, so talk to your doctor if this treatment is best for you.

      Cryosurgery or cryotherapy: Cryosurgery uses extreme cold temperatures to destroy the spots. It is a minimally invasive procedure that often comes with minimal pain and scarring. Risks involved in this procedure include damage to nearby healthy tissue and nerves. It's normal to experience localized pain and redness after the procedure, but these can be alleviated by analgesics such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. Blisters may also form, although these usually scab over and peel away after several days.
      Surgical diathermy or electrosurgery: Surgical diathermy involves the use of high frequency alternating current to cut or cauterize small blood vessels to stop bleeding. It causes localized tissue damage and burning, which are controlled by the frequency and power of a device called electrosurgical generator.

      Wait-and-see approach: Some people say that Fordyce's spots sometimes go away on their own, so consider just observing the symptoms for a couple of months to a year. Take note if they seem to be getting less prominent or if their numbers are decreasing. If symptoms don't go away after a long time, and if they are causing you real embarrassment, then consult your doctor for medical treatment. In addition, eat a balanced diet rich in folic acid, and vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and B complex, because these are good for your skin and promote normal metabolism.

  35. QUESTION:
    What do doctors prescribe for Keratosis Pilaris?
    thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. Treatment includes tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream or Adapalene, a retinoid medication. Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing creams, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.
      Hope it helps. Take care.

  36. QUESTION:
    i have horrible red pimple like things on the tops of my thighs, what re they , can i get rid of them and how?
    i exfoliate them alot and moisturise, ive tried loads of things. i also have them on my arms and they make me really self concious.

    hope you can help me :)

    becki xxxxx

    • ANSWER:
      It affects half the planet but most people have never even heard of it. What is this mysterious disease, you ask? Well, if you know what it is, you're probably one of the unfortunate ones to be dreaded by its presence. It's called Keratosis Pilaris. To some it's just a fancy, scientific term, but to most it's comparable to the devil himself. A breeding ground for insecurities and depression, Keratosis Pilaris can easily turn an every-day situation into a nightmare full of anxiety.

      Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition that causes acne-like bumps (resembling goose bumps) from a build up of keratin, a natural protein in the skin. It's most commonly found on the upper-arms, but it can also be plagued in such areas as the face, thighs, back, chest, and buttocks. Keratosis Pilaris isn't contagious and the only way to spread it is through reproduction (meaning: yes, it's only hereditary). It isn't harmful, just a nuisance. Getting rid of Keratosis Pilaris isn't the easiest thing but there are possible treatments for it.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to cure KERATOSIS PILARIS?
    Please help me I need your advise on how to cure my skin decease, what kind of lotion need to put to remove or medicine,is it cause of eating chicken? what are the food that can help to remove this.

    • ANSWER:
      While there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, there are palliative treatments available. The efficacy of these treatment methods is directly related to the individual's commitment and consistency of use.

      Creams containing the acid form of vitamin A, Tretinoin, have been shown to help. Most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, it is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by increasing the cell turnover rate of the outer layer of the skin, decreasing the amount of the keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. While keratosis pilaris is not acne, some believe this action may be of benefit to those with KP as well.

      Another retinoid that has the potential to help with keratosis pilaris is Adapalene.[7] Benefits include increased stability when applied in conjunction with other topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a moderator of cellular differentiation, keratinization, and inflammatory processes, having both exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects.

      An alternative is the prescription medication Triamcinolone. Most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, Triamcinolone is a synthetic corticosteroid, compounded as a cream, which has been medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema. As the action responsible for alleviating eczema symptoms is, as with retinoid creams, the reduction amount of keratin in pores, the effect of Triamcinolone on KP is expected to be similar.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.[citation needed]

      The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable,[citation needed] giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. Ignorance, accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side-effects, adverse reactions, and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase - coupled with the cheaper, safer, and easier availability of other treatments - has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.

      Sulfur has been used for skin treatment predating modern medicine. Sulfur soaps, lotions, and exfoliants have been used successfully for treating KP. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements used with some success often require dosage as high as 25g per day. Side effects can include thickening of hair and nails, and pale skin.

      Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams, and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to their containing lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight is helpful as well. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and, in many cases, will cause bleeding.

  38. QUESTION:
    Homeopathic ways to treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have suffered from this for years! Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi CookFrNW, today is many are effective treatments available and make symptoms Keratosis Pilaris less apparent.
      Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated regularly. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage.

      Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.
      Jason Homan

  39. QUESTION:
    Red bumps on the back of my arms?
    I have had these little red bumps all over the back of my arm (tricep area) and I don't know how to get rid of them. Since they are in a location I can easily reach, I always pick at them thinking that it is some kind of acne but nothing comes out like normal acne. I'm not sure what it is but I would like for it to be gone by summer (4-5 weeks) so if anyone knows what the heck it is and how to get rid of them, that would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      There could be a few things this might be. For an accurate diagnosis you would need to consult your doctor or a certified dermatologist. It's always easier and safer to treat something once you are certain what it is you're dealing with.

      In the meantime, with the information you've given, I would guess it might be a condition called keratosis pilaris.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      A good moisturizer you could try is olive oil. It is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.
      Or you can check this site to learn about Bioskincare Cream:
      - http://www.healthyskincream.com/

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....

  40. QUESTION:
    Has anyone cured there Keratosis Pilaris out there?
    I want to know if anyone has actually got rid of it through home remedy, prescription, diet, or actions, and not by age, not by growing out of it. I'm actively trying to cure myself.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      To treat keratosis pilaris patients can try several strategies to lessen the bumps. First, the patient can supplement the natural removal of dry skin and papules by using a loofah or another type of scrub showering or bathing. A variety of different over-the-counter (OTC) lotions, ointments, and creams can also be applied after showering while the skin is still moist and then several times a day to keep the area moist. Medicated lotions with urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A can also be prescribed by the dermatologist and applied one to two times daily. Systemic (oral) medications are not prescribed for keratosis pilaris. However if papules are opened and become infected, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection.

      Q:Are there any effective treatments for keratosis pilaris?
      A:
      Keratosis pilaris is a common skin disorder. Although it isn't serious, it can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs most often in children. It results from the buildup of a protein called keratin in the openings of hair follicles in the skin. This produces small, rough patches — usually on the arms, thighs and face. The exact cause isn't known, but it may be associated with eczema.

      Keratosis pilaris typically causes no pain or itching. Treatment is directed at softening the keratin deposits in the skin and may include medicated creams containing urea or lactic acid. Even with treatment, this condition tends to remain for years. If associated with eczema, keratosis pilaris may improve with treatment of the underlying eczema.

      betamethasone dipropionate, Diprosone, Diprolene
      chloroxine-shampoo, Capitrol
      corticosteroids-topical
      desoximetasone-topical, Topicort, Topicort LP
      fluocinolone-topical oil, Derma-Smoothe/FS
      fusidic acid/hydrocortisone-topical
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      tea tree oil-topical

  41. QUESTION:
    How to treat keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk Baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the Lactic Acid a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of Skin Cancer. Small amounts of Vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra Vitamin A due to the Vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  42. QUESTION:
    Good Mousterizers that don cause pimples?
    I am kinda prone to acne so if i dont know what mousterizers to get. it probably has to be oil free adn really gentle. i dont wanna have to spend to much money but are there any good ones from like drug stores or cosmetic stores? please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tamato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.

      Hope I helped!. :)

      Source(s):
      My brain.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Keratosis Pilaris?
    What can i do to make it go away? I am using AmLactin Cream and it is not working!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Treatment

      There is no known cure for Keratosis pilaris, though it may improve with age and even disappear completely in adulthood; however, some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life.

      Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring.

      Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed if the bump is picked or squeezed (which can lead to scarring.)

  44. QUESTION:
    best treatment for keratosis pilaris?
    what is the ultimate best treatment? anything i can use that is already in my house, anything natural?

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much the best thing you can do is moisturize, exfoliate by scrubbing quite gently, and not pick at it. Scratching, picking at or touching the bumps alot makes it so much worse...

      So, things you can use that are already in your house include standard moisturizer, and a washcloth!

      Some people have keratosis pilaris worse than others, and aren't helped by these things. But what I described above is the normal way to start trying to improve it.

  45. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had this skin condition for about 6 years. It's more "active" when I get sweaty. I make sure to wash my arms with a gentle cleanser, and I don't use exfoliates because I know they can cause a bad reaction in KP. I've tried all sort of lotions, including Eucerin and DermaDoctor, but nothing has helped. Does anyone have a suggestion to help with this?

    • ANSWER:
      I have suffered for years - since I was little -
      I have it the worst on my thighs and I find using a harsh lufa
      with an all natural oil (the best I have found is made by Vaseline)
      it's an all natural cocoa butter gel (clear / brown bottle brown top)
      it locks in a lot of moisture and allows me to exfoliate.

      Also I use a firming cream with tanning -
      and in the summer all natural sun helps the most -
      but not enough to burn or bake -

  46. QUESTION:
    I have really dry upper arms?
    I have dry upper arms which feel and look weird. They're not exactly rough, just bumpy and dry. I've tried using exfoliants and moisturisers, but nothing seems to work.
    Any suggestions?
    It's not excema and I've tried using olive oil.
    May be sun burn but I haven't been out in the sun much. My arms have been this way for at least 3, 4 years.
    Can you get Gempler's Wool Wax Creme in the UK?

    • ANSWER:
      It is keratosis pilaris.
      Basically old skin cells have plugged up the hair follicles on the arms. So to treat it you have to first, encourage the sloughing off of the dead skin cells, and deter the dryness of the skin cells. That is why moisturizers and exfoliants are recommended.
      Use a fluffy scrubby in the shower or a face cloth. Use a natural soap, not the detergents that you buy from department stores that only further dry your skin. Look in health food stores or on the web for soaps made with oils, and that have not had the glycerin removed.
      Use a moisturizer that does not have water as the first ingredient. Sitting in water will dehydrate your skin (think of an hour in the tub) so don't slap on more of it! Look for those that have aloe, urea, avocado or sesame or sweet almond oils, Shea and or cocoa butter. Again, available where you find the natural soap. And ask for a professional esthetic treatment for your birthday or Christmas...we do full and half body exfoliating treatments, sea salt scrubs and body glow sugar treatments. Feels great, and it helps to have a pro on board to help you.

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here dealt with 'chicken skin' on a toddler?
    aka Keratosis Pilaris. I know what I have used on myself in the past but I'm pretty sure it's not appropriate to put alpha hydroxy acid on a tot. ;-)

    I know the skin should be exfoliated and deeply moisturized but how do you go about exfoliating a toddler's skin? Do you have any gentle, natural and/or homemade suggestions? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had this all my life, and have never found an effective long-term remedy. Unfortunately my two girls -- 3 & 5 years old -- have recently developed it too. We moisturize profusely with creams, salves, and lotions that get good ratings from EWGs Skin Deep Database -- but that's mostly for their eczema, and it hasn't phased the bumps. I agree - their skin seems too delicate to exfoliate, but maybe if you used one of those plastic pouf bath scrubbies very lightly, it might help without damaging your child's skin.

      I've pretty much accepted it as one of those unfortunate inherited genetic traits that they'll have to live with. Maybe once they're in their teens they'll have the attention span necessary to improve this condition, but right now the ongoing treatments would be more stressful than a relatively benign condition.

  48. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of bumpy skin?
    how do you get rid of bumby skin on your arms? dont say lotion, cause i already use that but it doesnt do anything

    do you recomand doing something that will make it go away ?

    thanks so much

    <33 sally

    • ANSWER:
      Millions of people are affected by this rarely mentioned but all-too-common hereditary condition officially known as keratosis pilaris (KP). Usually found on the upper arms and thighs, it’s manageable with the right skin care regimen.
      Keratosis pilaris tends to occur as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates around hair follicles. Unattractive more than anything else, it most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.
      You can smooth away rough, bumpy skin on the backs of arms and legs with a special moisturizer.
      More than 50 percent of adolescents and 40 percent of adults are prone to this condition, though it generally becomes less obvious as one gets older.
      Although there’s no cure, proper care can control the problem. Dermatologists recommend chemical exfoliants that are found in alpha hydroxy moisturizers, such as Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Creme, rather than physical exfoliants, such as a loofah sponge, which can be too abrasive on the skin. This type of treatment is very effective because it prevents hair follicles from clogging. In fact, a recent clinical study on people with keratosis pilaris found skin tone and texture were improved after just two weeks of using Eucerin’s alpha hydroxy moisturizer.
      It’s also important to prevent excess skin dryness by using mild cleansers and effective moisturizers. If these measures don’t work, a dermatologist may prescribe a topical steroid or special preparation containing salicylic acid or urea. Thereafter, continued use of an alpha hydroxy moisturizer should keep the problem under control.
      You can also talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements and the best moisturizing treatment for your skin.

  49. QUESTION:
    AmLactin for kp gives me a rash?
    I have a very annoying case of kp and am currently using the lotion "AmLactin". I use it every night as i was directed and it works! But as soon as it begins to work and show a difference, i start breaking out in more, smaller bumps, over small areas of where i applied the AmLactin. Then if I stop applying the lotion, the rash goes away, but the kp returns. I'm not sure what to do. If i should just continue using the AmLactin, hoping that the new rash will just go away, or is there is another solution?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are NOT generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      Olive oil is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....


natural treatment for keratosis pilaris

Sun Keratosis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?
    10% of actinic keratosis may be pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into cancerous spot?

    • ANSWER:
      For the 10% that does become cancer, the time it takes depends on a lot of things. It depends on the individual, their general state of health (immunocompromised people can't fight off cancer as well as others), and the other things they might do to increase their chances of getting cancer in general (like smoking, not exercising, not eating the right foods, exposing their skin to too much sun, etc).
      There are actuarial tables that estimate mortality when you take some of these things into account. Also, treatment makes a big difference.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can being in the sun a lot help reduce the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have very pale skin and my skin condition shows a lot. Even more so now that its summer. I know there isn't a real cure for Keratosis but if any Dermatologists know of any ways that might help reduce the break-outs I will be so grateful.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by over growths of dead skin over the hair follicle. The quickest and easy fix is a chemical exfoliant (for example a Glycol based one that you would use on your face) or even a physical exfoliant will clear it up in as little as three weeks. Sun can help some (because it dries our the skin making the dead skin cells fall off more), but make sure you are using sun screen. Enjoy your clear skin!

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 17 and I think I have this skin condition or whateveer it is. I've always had it but I just thought it was normal and that the little red spots were just notable because I hadn't taken any sun.
    They're not really bumps as much as they're just really small red "dots" where the hair is supposed to grow. I hate them and they really make me feel insecure. How do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had KP since i was about 8 and now im 15, im so sick of it!
      Many people recommend Derma Doctor but ive never tried it myself,

      Im currently using Cocoa Butter and Bio Oil on my arms to try and help it, and that's kind of helping.

      Going for a spray tan soon as ive heard it helps hide KP.

      Hope i helped <3 <3

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of dark spots on face?
    I have a couple spots on my face that are darker from sun or whatever. Im not sure. I always wear sunscreen now so they don't get darker. How can I get rid of them? I appreciate home remedies the most but any suggestions please!!! Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It's called a solar keratosis. You can have them frozen off in 1 or 2 treatments (depending on the size) for around 0 per treatment.

      I have an appointment to get one removed next week!

  5. QUESTION:
    Any treatment recommendations for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris, which is rough bumps on upper arms and on thighs and legs. It is not eczema or acne, but it is like small red bumps on the skin. It is unsightly and I want to get rid of it. Any suggestions for lessening the appearance or getting rid of it? I've already tryed a loofa, multiple types of sponges, and moisturizing lotion such as Aveeno & Eucerin. Any advice will be appreciated, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Small doses of the sun help - I won't say go and lay out but healthy sun helps -
      A lufa with a thick oil like Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa butter
      helps soften the skin.

  6. QUESTION:
    How often and for how long can I go in a tanning bed without tanning?
    I know this is an odd question, but I do not want to get a tan. I have found that sunlight helps with my skin as I have keratosis pilaris and would like to try this as an option to help keep my skin clear.

    • ANSWER:
      Though it helps - it's best you use creams that contains Salicylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide - since tanning beds are just as worse like getting a tann from an actual sun.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of facial and arm redness?
    I have redness on my cheeks and redness on the upper part of my arms. It's not any type of skin condition on my face. I've been checked by a dermatologist. It just looks like somebody slapped me across the face but the redness never goes away. On my arms, some people have said it may be Keratosis Pilaris. I'm very pale and this redness really stands out. Any way to get rid of it or at least make it less noticeable? Thanks!
    I'm a girl if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe try a skin bleaching agent. Not something real strong though. I know theirs products on the market that help even out skin tone or reduce facial reddening. You'll just have to look around. They come in the forms of lotions, creams, ect. Aveeno has such products. I use their face moisturizer with spf and their body one also. I haven't tried the ones for skin reddening or the ones that even out skin tone, but I am sure they are worth a try. Heres a link to the products. http://www.aveeno.com/segmentAction.do?segid=1002&catid=1000

      If this dont help then maybe with the help of a laser or Microdermabrasion. I have heard it can help lighten skin, like freckles, and obviously a laser is stronger and can remove things like moles, but if its just redness, then microdermabrasion if all else fails.

      In the mean time you can always do what they show on tv (think bare minerals) and cover with powders on your face. As for your arms wear longer sleeves? I'm not sure if a skin bronzer lotion would help any,,,but try to keep these areas safe from the sun with spf as you may have sensative skin in these areas.

      I too am quit pale. Blonde hair, blue eyes, freckles. I am less red with sunblock. Also, just wearing makeup helps,,,,i never darkened my skin since i like light skin. Also, i want to protect it from wrinkles and think it would look silly and fake on my complexion. I like you probably suffer the same kind of issue. I look red in these areas more than others. I just bare with it since i'm sure its common in pale skin types.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

      1. How to prevent Sunburn* & scope for consequential skin cancer, Melanoma, etc: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. Timely exposure of body ensures safe and sufficient production of Vitamin D by Ur body. During strong winds, no exposure to sunlight, please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own risk for skin cancer/melanoma

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  9. QUESTION:
    Why do I have random little bumps on my back?
    I just recently got alot of bumps on my back that you can feel but not see. My mom said it could be sun poisoning but I haven't been out in the sun for at least 3 days. Sooo what is it? Pregnancy? Allergic reaction? Idkkk
    It isn't keratosis pilaris because those bumps are ones you can see and you can only feel mine. And they just appeared recently so it can't be a genetic disorder.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be keratosis Pilaris see if this helps http://hubpages.com/hub/Get-rid-of-Keratosis-Pliaris if not see a doctor.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can somebody help me diagnose the red goosebump like spots on the tops of my arms?
    I have had these dry little spots at the top of my arms for years now.. and they never seem to go away apart from being in the sun! Do you know what it could be... and is there anything i can take or put on it to help it dissappear?

    • ANSWER:
      google keratosis pilaris and see if they look like that.. if so they are autosomal dominatnt genetic and never go away but there are things u can do to lessen it

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Polaris?
    i have had keratosis polaris all my life. it's this skin condition that causes little red bumps on my arms and the base of my neck, and i hate 'em! i've always wanted to be an actor so i want to get rid of them before i start auditioning so i look my best! how do i get rid of em?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, My friend actually has that disease, and it affects my arms as well. All I really know about it is that he can't shave because of it, but the bumps go away for me after a day in the sun, so I spend a lot of time in the sun to keep it in check.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get actinic keratosis on an area of skin that has had little to no sun damage?
    On my inner upper arm is a patch of dry scaly red skin about 10mm by 3mm. It's not itchy and has been there for months and creams don't make a difference. I was sunburnt when I was younger but only on my back and back of my arms.
    What else could it be if not actinic keratosis?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No.

  13. QUESTION:
    CHICKEN SKIN aka KERATOSIS PILARIS, how do I get rid of these suckers?
    Does anyone know how to reduce the appearence of chicken skin or also known as keratosis pilaris. I hate having chicken skin, it's so embarassing. I hate showing my arms and legs or any part that has it. ARRRGH! Anyone else have this problem? Please help, I need some magic lotion or something to get rid of them somehow.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too & it sucks!! I have previously used Am Lactin or Lac Hydrin, Retin-A based creams, and KP duty. The KP duty used to work for me, but doesn't any longer. It might work you you & is available at Sephora.

      Check out http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      I found this online and am going to give it a try.

      - First I use a thick loofah sponge or buff-puff on the affected areas. I do this daily and I only use Dove Nutrium Body Wash with my sponge. I have tried several moisturizing body washes, and this one has proven to be the best for me. It is a dual formula that contains a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing lotion at the same time. It works great. When using the sponge, scrub as hard as you can on the affected area, and in a circular motion. Exfoliation is very important, especially since the affected areas are so dry. (Note: Dove has also recently come out with a Dove Nutrium Bar! So now I use both, and they are great. They make my skin so soft and silky, and the moisturizers are very good for the keratosis pilaris.)

      - After I exfoliate with this body wash, I then apply an over the counter lotion that has worked wonders for my keratosis pilaris. Neutrogena makes this lotion and it’s called “Multi-Vitamin Acne Treatment”. I know what you are thinking; keratosis pilaris is not acne. No it’s not, but for some reason this stuff works. In my reading and research on the subject, I ran across a treatment that recommended using a moisturizer that contained a small amount of salicylic acid. This product contains both. It is full of vitamins and moisturizers that are great for your skin, and it also contains this salicylic acid. If you apply this lotion right after you have scrubbed with the Dove Nutrium, it will give you results within 2 or 3 days. It did for me!

      - I also apply the Neutrogena Multi Vitamin Acne Treatment at night before going to bed. So I am applying it twice a day, once after showering and exfoliating, and once at bedtime.

      - Adding a humidifier in your bedroom will also help to clear your skin. The moisture will hydrate your dry skin while you sleep at night and help in clearing up the keratosis pilaris.

      - This next “treatment” is one I have found on my own and doctors do not recommend it. I am not telling anyone to do this, I am simply telling you what has worked in clearing up my skin condition. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed/salon. I like to tan anyway, so by trial and error I found that it cleared my skin. I started going to a tanning bed 2 or 3 times a week at first, and then dropped down to once a week. Each time I would tan for 12 to 15 minutes. That is not a lot of exposure, and it cleared my skin better than ANYTHING else I have ever done. I still have occasional problems with my arms, but my legs cleared right up and those bumps have never returned to this day, and I have not tanned in over 6 months. So I am very pleased with these results.

      Again, I am not recommending or condoning tanning or sunbathing, but I am telling you that it has helped to clear up my terrible case of Keratosis Pilaris.

      Doing these things consistently has helped me tremendously, but if you miss a day, you pay! Consistency is the key.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I lessen the appearance of Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin?
    I've had for a long time and it has never really bothered me but I do want it to go away or at least not be too noticable. I have it on my arms (mainly my upper arms) and they has become less noticable on their own, which is nice but I also have it on my thys and legs. I want to treat it but I don't know exactly what to do. I've been searching for answers on the internet but I am wondering what wroks.
    Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Lac-Hydrin cream 12% (prescription in the US, OTC in Canada) has been VERY successful for this.

      If you're in the US, your doctor can write you a prescription....or if you know someone in Canada, they can mail it to you.

      You should wear a sun-screen with this though, as it makes you more susceptible to sunburn. But it works great for KP!

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I control my Keratosis Pilaris problem?
    I have this skin disease on my thighs and it's so bad and irritating. I'm scared it's going to leave ugly scars and I know it has no cure so how do I control it? It seems to be getting worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it, except I have it on my face too. It always is worse in the winter, because of lack of humidity. In the summer, the sun helps decrease it and a tan will help hide it. It shouldn't leave scars unless you pick at it. If you are still a teen, then it should start to go away as you get older. But if you already are older, it might not go away as much. I went to the dermatologists and they gave me all these acid lotions, which honestly, didn't help at all. But it is different for all people, and things that don't work for other people could work for you.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does tanning in the sun lead to cancer or not?
    Is there any way to get a safe, natural tan without having a risk of getting cancer?
    If I have really pale skin is it even a better chance that the sun will do damage to my skin? Do I need to wear a ton of sunblock?

    • ANSWER:
      YES!

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      Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
      Many people love the warm sun. The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!

      We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

      Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

      How Does the Sun Change My Skin?
      Exposure to the sun causes:

      Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
      Benign tumors
      Fine and coarse wrinkles
      Freckles
      Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
      Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin;
      Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
      Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
      What Causes Skin Cancer?
      Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the U.S. and the number of cases continues to rise. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

      There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.

      Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.

      Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Other less common causes are repeated X-ray exposure and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.

      Go read more!

  17. QUESTION:
    Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and tights how to get rid of it?
    why do they dissapeare when im in bath ? what cream can i buy to lighten them or to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      It's impossible to get rid of them. The doctors do have a cream but it tends to really dry out your skin so you trade one issue for another.

      Personally the best advice is a lufa, or buff puff.
      Vaseline Intensive care cocoa butter gel
      and scrub daily in the shower.

      Then try to get small healthy doses of the sun to add vitamin do to the skin and the small tan helps fade them.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is a small rough patch of skin always Actinic Keratosis?
    I'm 19, very pale, and stay away from the sun a LOT.
    There's a patch of skin on my face about the size of my pinky nail, and it feels dry/rough.
    There's no discoloration but I can see the skin in the area is dry.

    Does that mean it's actnic keratosis? Is this something I should be in a panic about to go to a dermatologist?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Abs. Actinic keratoses are caused by sun exposure and aren't necessarily rough--my husband has then on his face.
      The chances you've already developed AK are pretty much nil.

      My best guess is eczema. It causes what you're describing, and is usually treated with a corticosteroid cream, like hydrocortisone. It should be used sparingly as it thins the skin after a while.

      If you have any questions, the condition persists after treating it with either a good moisturizer (fragrance free, as they contain alcolol which itself is drying) or a cortisone cream, see a doc for proper diagnosis.
      Start with just a good quality moisturizer. You could even try olive oil.

  19. QUESTION:
    my girlfriend has itchy red bumps or pimples on her upper arms very red and itchy, what is it?
    it started out itching and has become red extremely itchy bumps on the arms which resembles really red pimples. Is it scabies? Sun Rash? An allergic reaction? Hyrdo Cortisone has been used to relieve itching however the itching is severe at times.

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably KP, keratosis pilaris. It is when little hair follicles get plugged. Often you can quiet it with a natural soap or by avoiding harsh products that strip and irritate or clog the skin. My wife had it and got rid of it with a simple natural product after trying numerous meds from a dermat.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of the red bumps/spots on the top of your arms?
    I think its called Keratosis Polaris. A skin condition.
    Do you have any methods to get rid of it or reduce it?

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/61/Keratosis_pilaris_arm.jpg/230px-Keratosis_pilaris_arm.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Spending time in sauna with gentle massaging, and sun tanning helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    What can i do or use to cover my Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have some chicken bumps on my arms and legs and i know that i can't get rid of it, but is there anything i can do to cover them or make them less visible? I want to wear short sleeve shirts and shorts and skirts but im always self-conscious that people would see them. People always ask me if i was cold because they look like goosebumps, please help?

    • ANSWER:
      I use Eucerin Lotion. It also helps for you to get some sun. It definitely gets better with the sun.

  22. QUESTION:
    what are some good home remedies for keratosis pilaris?
    yeah i had it since i was little and i am 14 now and i hate it!arrrrrr!the sun helps it a little but i wanna get rid of it!is there anything i can do at home or something to help it or make it go away?i mostly have it on my arms,face, and back.i dont have that much on my legs.is there a good soap or scrub thing lol idk?HELP ME!!!

    • ANSWER:
      http://skincarerx.com/Glytone-Keratosis-Pilaris-Kit.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone have suggestions for a skin condition called keratosis pilaris?
    Usually somewhat genetic, appears at onset of adolescence & typically found on upper arms and thighs. My dr. has prescribed Aquaphor, scrubs with salycylic acid, and sun, none of which has helped too much.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using a lotion with glycolic acid and urea. If the glycolic acid is too strong for you, try lactic acid. Scrubbing really doesn't do much good - you need to dissolve the keratin that builds up in your hair follicles, and then prevent it from accumulating in the future. Glycolic acid is pretty strong stuff, so start slowly. Also be sure to use sunscreen because it makes you more sensitive to the sun. If your problem is primarily bumps, rather than redness, this can help quite a bit. The redness isn't as easy to deal with. Check out the websites below for more info.

  24. QUESTION:
    best way to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    i have it on the back of my upper and lower arms. i put lotion on it everyday, and it still doesn't go away. and i have it on my legs too, but that seems to be getting a little bit better...
    it's really annoying though.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, you can't get rid of it. I know this because I went to a dermatologist to get rid of mine and he basically told me that. He gave me a prescription lotion and told me that a little sun will clear it up. Now don't rush over to a dermatologist to get a prescription lotion, continue to use the one you have now. Since it's the summer I'm sure there's at the least a little sun wherever you live. Obviously wear sunscreen when you go out and they should be looking better in no time. They won't go away by going in the sun but it won't be as bad as it might be now. Hope I helped :)

  25. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for keratosis pilaris?
    Hey, I have KP on my arms and a little on my face, (but not so much to really notice)..but I can't say the same for my arms,(they're pretty noticeable) soo..I was wondering if there are any GOOD TREATMENTS because unfortunately there is NO CURE!!!

    Oh and Im 13 soooo I would really like to wear a swim suit without being self-consious about my arms...

    Thanks a lot:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! ohmygosh, I had the exact same question about a week ago. Im 16, and Ive never really thought too much about KP, until I found out im taking a trip to california in a couple weeks, and I want to try really hard to look good in a bikini as well!

      The appearance of KP can be decreased by these main ingredients: urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D These are all keratosis fighting substances that rid your skin of those pesky little keratosis-clogged pores.

      the first four can be found in moisturizers. My tip to you would be to find a moisturizer high in one or several of these ingredients (that means anywhere from 5% of an ingredient to 15%). Vitamin D is found in sunlight, so being in the sun will help a lot (Just don't get sunburned, lol) When I went to taiwan a year ago, I noticed that along with my tan, my kp was completely gone! my skin was baby smooth, and it had never been that way before. I didn't know why, but after some research, I realized Vitamin D helps a lot with KP.

      I have been struggling with KP for almost my entire life, so i can understand the frustration and embarrassment you might experience from having this condition.

      Along with moisturizing day and night with lotions high in those ingredients, I also follow the advice given in this youtube video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk

      I've only been using her treatment for about 2 days, but my appearance of KP has already decreased tons! Im thinking that by another week, it'll be completely gone :). Oh, and in the video, the girl mentions clearasil's ultra exfoliating scrub. Unfortunately, that product was only available in Canada, so i was pretty disappointed. But then I realized that clearasil's ultra acne scrub is the same thing as the exfoliating scrub. It just has a different name I guess because of different locations.

      Anyways, good luck! I hope this helps with your KP, and that we both look good in time for bikni season :)

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I lighten my skin natually?
    I was wondering what I can do to naturally lighten my skin. I have nothing against darker skin its just the color I get from the sun is a weird orangey color and to me its not appealing. So are there any natural ways to lighten my skin? I have naturally pale skin but again I dont like the tan I get... I cant take a milk bath because 1: Im a vegan, and 2: I dont have a bath lol. Id really appreciate help!

    OH & P.S. Do you know of any way to get rid of the little red bumps I have on my arms and thighs, Ive had them since I was a baby. Its called Keratosis Pilaris. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I also have been looking for some natural ways to lighten your skin and I founds some really useful tips on this site. http://www.howtogetwhiteskin.net/

      One of the most basic ways is to use lemon juice. It tells how you could mix it with other things also.

      A really good one is using papaya as its a natural exfoliator and also helps lighten the skin. Plus it contains vitamins which are great for the skin.

      There are more but you could look through the site instead of me listing them all here lol good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    can sun burns cause major damage to your skin after a while?
    i got a sun burn and i was wondering if it can cause major damage to your skin after you keep getting sun burn

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, multiple sun burns to the same area can cause acute and chronic damage to your skin. Repeated sun damaged areas will become all leathery and start to change the cells of the skin. Worse case scenario, your skin starts to develop cancers called squamous cell carcinomas or actinic keratosis... these can be very harmful.

      So what do you want to do? You want to wear sun block or protective clothing - like hats.
      Make sure you put the block on before you go out SPF 15 is usually pretty good at blocking most bad rays.

  28. QUESTION:
    Seborrheic Keratosis - Is there a correlation between this and exposure to ionizing radiation in WWII?
    Is there a correlation between skin cancer and exposure to ionizing radiation in WWII? I am talking about exposure to the radiation in Nagasaki approximately 2 - 3 weeks after the bomb was dropped.

    • ANSWER:
      no, that radiation would likely promote skin cancers right away not this far out. this is likely sun damage on fair skin color, watch if it changes, then have it seen right away, good luck

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a home-made remedy to get rid of moles?
    I've heard onion juice won't by some people but others say it does work. The mole is on my face and quite big so obviously I want it gone. I'm willing to go through pain if it means it will be gone forever. I hate it so much. :( Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      For one if its a true mole there is no home remedy of getting rid of it.A doctor can remove a facial mole one of two ways both of which need local anesthesia (lidocaine,usually) DO NOT try to remove a true mole yourself please. If your are told any other "methods" there not true that is if its an actual mole. Some people confuse letigos (i.e sun-spots and or freckles) or seborrehic keratosis (hereditary warty like spots) with a true mole which can both be frozen off or lightened with bleaching creams.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can Amlactin make your keratosis pilaris worse?
    I bought Amlactin for the first time yesterday and put it on overnight, and when I woke up, am my KP seemed a little worse in redness...

    Has Amlactin actually worsened KP for anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      AMLACTIN (AMMONIUM LACTATE) is used on the skin to treat dry skin and other skin conditions.

      What you have noticed in your Keratosis Pilaris is the side effect of using this chemical based drug. I hope you have applied it on the advice of your GP only and I suggest you to stop applying this medicine and report to your Doctor immediately.

      Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
      • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
      • severe dry skin, peeling

      Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
      • dry or irritated skin
      • increased sensitivity to the sun
      • mild reddening or peeling of the skin-

  31. QUESTION:
    What causes an increase in beauty spots all over upper body?
    Most places on the net says beauty spots occur before 20 years, but only occasionally after. So what could cause a sudden INCREASE (about 50-100) beauty spots on the upper body, including chest area and back after the 20 years of age? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Moles are considered to be "beauty marks" especially if located on the face. Cause of skin changes: Actinic keratosis, acne, pregnancy, viral infection, sun exposure (freckles)

  32. QUESTION:
    How to Get Rid of Red Upper Arms?
    I have these red dots on the back of my upper arms (more so on my left arm than right) and I don't know how I should treat them. I don't remember when I first got them, but it's probably been a few years now.
    I'm 15 years old, and I don't know if it's acne, sun damage, or what. When I was younger, I used to go outside and play everyday but I never wore sunscreen or anything.
    What should I do to get rid of them? Would it be bad to use benzoyl peroxide?

    • ANSWER:
      It's keratosis pilaris [ chicken skin ].
      Buy some Dermadoctor KP treatment [ available at CVS, Sephora. Use as directed.
      {Peroxide will make it worse}.

  33. QUESTION:
    Will my keratosis pilaris ever go away?
    I developed the condition about a year and a half ago when i was fourteen.
    Its not really severe but enough to wear i dont feel comfortable wearing short sleeve shirts anymore. It virtually goes away in the summertime though because Im in the sun all the time( I use sunblock).

    I was just wondering since I grew into the condition, will I grow out of it?

    I already see a dermatoligist for my condition and he really hasn't perscribed anything that works.

    • ANSWER:
      No, I'm sorry, it most likely won't. =/
      Keratosis Pilaris is, as of the moment, incurable. I have it too, and I'm currently looking for a solution myself. All you can do is look for different remedies and try them all until you find one that works for your skin.

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    What is an easy homemade-ish way to get rid of pimple and blemishes?
    I get these like pimple breakouts on my face sometimes, and i don't want to buy all those expensive creams and lotions and things. Anyone know something i can try a home, with household things, or something low cost? thanks so much.

    p.s oh and if someone also wants to explain to me how to hide all of that with make-up, it would be appreciated as well :D

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tomato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.
      The reason why your skin clears up then blemishes again is because you skin becomes immune to the product your using. Thats why skin never stays clear. Face cleansers like Proactive, Clean and Clear and all that stuff has a lot of chemicals in that eat away bacteria on your face. Now there's nothing wrong with that but when it starts stripping your face of natural oils then you have a problem.

      Diet is also a bit part a clean skin. Make sure your eating right, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and blah blah blah. Keep your hands from your face, and don't pick at your blemishes. It will just spread bacteria over your face.

      Buy some bare minara

  35. QUESTION:
    What causes small pimples in the back of the upper arm?
    Even after everday exfoliation, i still have these annoying pimples. The rest of me is fine!

    • ANSWER:
      Theyre Not Pimples
      It's a Common Skin Condition called "Keratosis Pilaris"
      80% of People Have Them... Including Me.
      There isnt a Specific Treatment... but I think that leaving them alone (Not popping them) and Sun Exposure (Dries them out... and Sun is good for Vitamin C) help

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the little tiny red bumps on the top of my thighs?
    They are definately not pimples because thy have been ther fir years. I juststarted thinking about them last night and I'm curious lol. So what ar theyNd can I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe Keratosis Pilaris. ?
      Try using a loofa or buff puff and an all natural oil in the shower.
      Will they go away (maybe not) but it helps lesson them. Also some sun helps the area too.
      Use caution when tanning. :)

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the red bumps on my upper arm?
    I have red bumps on my upper arm. I've tried different lotions like Eucerin but it didn't help. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a lufa or buff puff and Vaseline Intensive Care cocoa butter oil (generic is at CVS) and scrub daily in the shower.
      Although the condition (Keratosis Pilaris) won't go away completely it will help. Small doses of the sun helps too.
      Don't burn or bake.

  38. QUESTION:
    what products can help Keratosis Pilaris?
    i have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and thighs i wanna try to get ride of this what products can i use??

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a good loofa or buff puff for the shower.
      I like the all natural cocoa butter gel made by Vaseline (but any pure oil will suffice)
      (Not baby oil or petroleum)
      Scrub daily in the shower, also a small tan or some natural sun helps disguise the issue.
      Keep your legs well hydrated (with cream) and the scrubbing helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have had redness on my cheeks and pink dots on my arms and legs since a young age, can you identify?
    I would love to know what I have and a recommendation for a cure without having to go to a doctor. My skin is smooth and isn't irritated, I have had this ever since i can remember and I am 21 now. If I exercise, get over heated or cold I will get red all over (on face) and the pink dots are more pronounced. The dots on my skin are slightly pink, but not like pimples or rosacea.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have more than one thing going on, but have you considered the possibility that you might have keratosis pilaris affecting your arms & legs? Maybe you just have large pores? The dots on your arms & legs could simply be the type of skin you have.

      Regarding the facial redness...
      There are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here are just a FEW possibilities:
      - genetics / heredity / hormones
      - sun sensitivity
      - allergy
      - medication induced
      - high blood pressure
      - lupus
      - hyperpyrexia
      - rosacea

      The only way to get an accurate, professional diagnosis, is to consult your doctor or a certified dermatologist. It's always easier to treat something when you actually know what it is you're dealing with and it's extremely difficult to give any recommendations if we don't know exactly what your problem is.

      In the meantime, there's certainly a few things you can do to try to improve your skin and your overall health. After all, it's up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.

      Increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

      There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce redness:
      - LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)
      - There is a cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated to reduce redness for rosacea-prone skin types, even if you don't have rosacea.
      - Guinot has a cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.

      You can use any of these on your face as well as on the spots on your arms & legs. I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.

      When it comes to make-up with any skin condition, less is better, as your skin needs to breathe to heal.
      If you use foundation, find a make-up primer that you apply to your face after cleansing & moisturizing, before applying your foundation. Use a good quality foundation, with a slight hint of green. It actually helps counteract the redness.
      Avoid any foundations that have any pink or red tone to them. Those tones will only magnify the existing redness.

      Here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      - avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally) Alcohol can actually burn & irritate sensitive or inflamed skin tissue.
      - only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face.
      - avoid any scented soaps and creams (scents & fragrances can irritate sensitive or inflamed skin)
      - have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      - try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      - try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)

      - avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf)
      - avoid exposing your skin to extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, windy...)
      - avoid really hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)

      - drink pure green tea (matcha), rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      - eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      - avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content. (these foods disrupt the natural digestive processes of the body)

      - try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      - try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to prevent acne on the arms?
    I have acne on my arms..which is so damn embarassing.what is the best way to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's on the upper arms, mostly probably it is not acne, but keratosis pilaris.

      There is no treatment for that, it will go away on its own. Sun tanning will help.

  41. QUESTION:
    Whats the best treatment to get rid of Rosacea?
    I have rosalia on my checks and arms. Im going to the doctor soon. But is there any way i can try to clear it up?

    • ANSWER:
      You sound certain that it's rosacea.... I'm assuming by "rosalia" you may be meaning the bumpy skin, or pustules that can form with rosacea?
      Unfortunately there is no "cure" for rosacea. Living with rosacea is about educating yourself, learning & understanding your own personal triggers, and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly.

      Are you certain it might not be keratosis pilaris? http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm

      Regardless of what it actually is, there's certainly ways to keep some facial redness and rosacea acne under control and less noticeable. It's up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.

      You can try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic) Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)

      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness and acne)

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

      Earth Science has an herbal tonic facial mist that is an oil-free moisturizer which is sprayed (misted) directly onto your face. If you store it in the fridge, it is very refreshing and helps cool and lower the skin temperature of the face immediately. Because it's a mist, it can easily be applied anytime.

      Neutrogena makes an excellent moisturizer, simply called "Moisture". It's oil-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and they have a type that is specifically made for sensitive skin. You can safely use it on both your face and your arms.

      There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce facial redness:
      - There is a face cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated for rosacea-prone skin types.
      - Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
      - LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)

      I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.

      If you're interested, here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      - avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt, oils, & bacteria from your hands can clog the pores)
      - avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally) Alcohol can irritate & damage sensitive skin tissue. Alcohol is also generally known as a trigger for most rosacea people.
      - only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      - avoid any scented soaps and creams
      - have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      - try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      - try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      - try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish.
      - avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf)
      - drink pure green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      - eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      - avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content.
      - find out what your own personal food "triggers" are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      - avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      - try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      - try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions including rosacea)

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding rosacea...

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of spots on your arms?
    There like these little dots/spots on my arms, does anyone know how to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      If they are tiny little red bumps, most likely KP (keratosis pilaris). They are infected hair follicles. There is a way to remedy this. 1. Exfoliate well, daily. 2. Keep moisturized 3. A healthy amount of sun will even out discoloration.

      DermaDoctor is a good cream specifically for KP. Found in places like Sephora.

      Read that this is usually something that gets better with age. It's a hormonal thing. It actually effects millions of people. Nothing scary.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have redness and bumps on the back of your arms?
    Redness as in almost a rash-looking redness and it also has bumps and it's on the back of both of my arms. What is this, and how can I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had the redness awhile? Or is it sudden?

      It could be you suffer from a skin condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. Which is like chicken skin. (bumps) the best advice is to use a lufa/buff puff in the shower with an all natural oil it helps smooth it -
      Small healthy doses of the sun.

      If it's new or a sudden rash be sure to keep an eye on it and check with an MD - if it doesn't heal.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade way to clear skin?
    OK, so, on my legs, there are these little bumps, i wouldn't exactly call them pimples, but, I guess they look like a couple of goosebumps here and there......i've been trying to clear them up for ages...help? ^^

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris.
      Get a lufa or buff puff
      an all natural oil I like Vaseline intensive care
      and scrub in the shower
      small doses of the sun help.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are these weird red bumps on my arms?
    I've had them my entire life... and the only thing dermotologists give me is acne cream! That just makes it worse, it's not acne... the skin around them is red and they aren't acne-like at all. Does anyone else have these? Any tips on getting rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like keratosis pilaris. The first link below has a picture - see if this is what yours looks like. KP is a very common, completely harmless skin condition. It is found most often on the back of arms and front of legs, but it can also appear on the face, torso, and backside - basically anywhere except the palms and soles. KP is a buildup of keratin (the stuff your hair and nails are made of) in the hair follicles. It disappears in adulthood for some people, but others (like me) are stuck with it forever. You can treat it, but there is no cure. You can use lotions that contain an alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid, or lactic acid if your skin is more sensitive) and urea. These lotions aren't easy to find, and you may have to go online. The only one I've found in the local stores is Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Creme. The alpha hydroxy acids are basically a chemical exfoliant, and the urea helps hold moisture. Chemical exfoliants are better than mechanical (scrubs, loofahs, Buf-Puf, etc.) - scrubbing can make the problem worse.

      It takes a little while before you see results, and if you stop using the lotion, the bumps come back. Also, these lotions cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to wear sunscreen.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of seborrheic keratosis or skin barnacles?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had seborrheic keratosis for a very long time.. i had them frozen off and lazered off..but they always came back. Finally, my dermatologist said that they will never go away. I started seeing more and more pop up as well..

      I just moved from Atlanta to New York..and within a few months ALL of them had just disappeared and my skin is smooth to the touch.. I have not changed my skin care products, I haven't been in the sun any more or less..I dont know why they went away, but I think it either has to do with climate or maybe even diet..

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a condition on my legs called Keratosis Pilaris, i want to know how to get rid of it or cover it up?
    It is also on my arms. It means i cant wear skirts and shorts in the summer.. Its not effecting my health but its very embarrassing and really inconvenient. Have you any ideas? I am 14 year old girl living in england. Thankss x

    • ANSWER:
      Loofa and a great moisturizer try the cocoa butter gel by Vaseline
      and scrub daily in the shower.

      small doses of the sun help too there isn't a cure but this helps a lot.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of little bumps?
    I guess they're pimples but they're so small and the same colour as my skin. You can't really see them unless you look closely but they make my skin not feel smooth. How can I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      if they are a little bit red sometimes, it might be keratosis pilaris, (i have it on my arms) and there isnt much you can do about it. the doctors may prescribe a creme, and the sun helps (temporarily) but thats all

  49. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of a skin disorder with two words, last one being Keratosis?
    I can't remember the first word but it looks and feels like small round rough patches on the surface of my skin, worse on my legs, ankles and top of my feet. I also have problems with skin tags on the underside of my upper arms, inside thighs and a few on my back. I am only a few lbs overweight so it's not due to that. My dermatologist told me what it was a couple of years ago and I cannot remember, he's not in practice now. If someone else has this or if you're a derm, I'd love to hear from you.
    I searched and now I'm pretty sure the name of this disorder is Seborrheic Keratosis. Anyone out there know anything about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a quick search and found this:
      SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS
      A seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that is very common among people over 40 years of age. The growths resemble flattened or raised warts, but have no viral origins and may exhibit a variety of colors, from pink or yellow through brown and black. Because only the top layers of the epidermis are involved, seborrheic keratoses are often described as having a "pasted-on" appearance.

      Because the tumors are rarely painful, treatment is not often necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy, or if it is irritated by clothing or jewelry, cryosurgery has been found to be highly effective in their removal. The main danger associated with seborrheic keratoses lies in their resemblance to malignant melanomas, which has sometimes led to a misdiagnosis of the cancerous lesions. If there is any doubt, a skin biopsy will allow a physician to make a correct diagnosis. A mutation of a gene coding for a growth factor receptor (FGFR3), has been found in 40% of seborrheic keratosis.

      I also found SOLAR KERATOSIS
      What is a solar keratosis?

      A solar keratosis is a small, rough, bump which develops on the skin. It is caused by a lot of exposure to the sun over many years. One or more may develop. It is sometimes called an actinic keratosis.

      What does a solar keratosis look like?

      Each one can range from the size of a pinhead to 2-3 cm across. Their colour can be light, dark, pink, red, the same colour as your skin, or a combination of these. The top of each one may have a yellow-white crust. They feel rough and dry, and are slightly raised from the surface of the skin. You can often feel them more easily than see them. Some redness may develop in the surrounding skin.

      Sometimes a finger-like growth of hard skin appears to come out of a solar keratosis (a 'cutaneous horn').

      Several solar keratoses may develop at about the same time, often in the same area of skin. Sometimes several join together and form a large flat-ish rough area of skin.

      Solar keratoses usually develop on areas of skin which have been exposed to the sun a lot. For example, on the face, neck, bald patches on the scalp, and the backs of the hands. They may appear in other areas in people who do a lot of sunbathing.

      There are usually no other symptoms. Rarely, you may get an itchy or pricking sensation from affected areas of skin.

      I hope that these help


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