How to treat keratosis pilaris at home; American Academy of Dermatology



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ROSEMONT, Ill., June 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The start of summer means more tank tops and shorts, and for some people, a pesky new skin condition that they may not have noticed before . Keratosis pilaris causes small, rough bumps to appear on the skin, most often on the upper arms and thighs. According to dermatologists at the American Academy of Dermatology, this common and harmless skin condition affects people of all ages and races and occurs when dead skin cells clog pores.

“Some people say the bumps look like goosebumps, chicken skin, or strawberry skin, while others mistake the bumps for acne,” says certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. , FAAD. “Although treatment is not necessary for keratosis pilaris, if the itchiness, dryness, or appearance is bothersome, there are things you can do at home to help. “

To relieve symptoms and help you see clearer skin, Dr. Gohara recommends the following tips:

  • Keep baths and showers short. Spending too much time in water can dry out your skin and cause keratosis pilaris to break out. Limit baths and showers to five to ten minutes and use lukewarm water.
  • Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. This will help to avoid irritation when washing your skin.
  • Exfoliate gently skin with keratosis pilaris once a week. You can exfoliate using a skin care product called a keratolytic, a type of chemical exfoliant. Look for one that contains any of the following ingredients: alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, a retinoid, salicylic acid, or urea. Be sure to use the exfoliator exactly as described in the directions, as applying too much or using it more often than directed can cause raw, itchy skin. Also, avoid rubbing your skin, which can make keratosis pilaris worse.
  • Hydrate your skin. Apply a thick, oil-free moisturizing cream or ointment immediately after bathing – when your skin is still wet – or whenever your skin is dry. Look for one that contains urea or lactic acid. You can also use a humidifier to prevent dryness of the skin. However, be sure to clean and disinfect your humidifier weekly to prevent the growth of harmful mold and bacteria.
  • Avoid shaving or waxing your skin with keratosis pilaris. This can cause more bumps to appear. However, if you need to shave the area, use a single-blade razor instead of a multi-blade razor.

“For many people, keratosis pilaris goes away over time,” says Dr. Gohara. “However, clearing tends to be gradual over many years. If the bumps still bother you after trying these tips, make an appointment with a certified dermatologist for a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.

These tips are illustrated in “How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris at Home,” a video posted on the AAD website and on the YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s Video of the Month series, which features tips people can use to take care of their skin, hair and nails.

To find a certified dermatologist in your area, visit

ContactNicole Dobkin, (847) 240-1746, [email protected] Julie Landmesser, (847) 240-1714, [email protected]

More informationOverview of Keratosis Pilaris Signs and Symptoms Causes Treatment

About AADBased in Rosemont, Ill., The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential and representative of all dermatological associations. With more than 20,000 member physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nails; advocate for high standards in clinical practice, education and research in dermatology; and support and improve patient care for healthier skin, hair and nails for life. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or Follow the ADF on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), Instagram (@ AADskin1), or Youtube (Academy of Dermatology).

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