Keratosis pilaris is a benign skin disorder involving a blockage of the hair follicles by keratin proteins within the skin. It is more commonly found in those with eczema or especially dry skin. Keratosis pilaris appears as tiny bumps similar to acne on the upper arms, thighs and buttocks. They typically have a course feeling and sometimes there is a pink coloration surrounding the bumps. For some patients, the symptoms are worst during the cold, dry winter months.
Keratosis pilaris is often a recurring condition, but in many cases it does eventually disappear. It can be treated with moisturizers that keep the skin well hydrated. Prescription or over-the-counter creams to exfoliate the skin may also be effective in moderating keratosis pilaris. In addition, topical steroid ointments or topical retinoids may be used to relieve symptoms.
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