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Coping with Keratosis Pilaris

Have you ever found patches of small, red, dotty bumps on the backs of your upper arms? This condition, known as keratosis pilaris, is caused when the skin fails to exfoliate properly. Dead skin cells linger on the surface of the skin, causing the unslightly bumps. Often hereditary in nature, this condition is usually treatable.

To reduce redness and inflammation, your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to be used for several weeks. This cream may be combined with a twice-per-day application of an antibiotic ointment such as Cleocin T, or an alpha hydroxy lotion such as DermaQuest Skin Therapy Glyco Lotion 12%. You should notice an improvement in just a few weeks.

Unfortunately, this condition is likely to return once you discontinue treatment. To prevent this, regularly use a scrub when showering. Our favorite is Ole Henriksen Loofah Body Scrub. You should also apply an alpha hydroxy lotion, such as DermaQuest Skin Therapy Glyco Lotion 12% or DDF Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Moisturizer (for those with sensitive skin) several times a week to help exfoliate the dead skin on a regular basis.