Patient Comments: Keratosis Pilaris - Treatment


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Comment from: simplyelsa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have suffered from keratosis pilaris (KP) for my entire life. As of last year it started getting worse so I looked up some ways to help minimize it. I found that using a sugar scrub to exfoliate while in the shower helped tremendously. On top of that I have been using Gold Bond's rough and bumpy skin lotion mixed with natural lavender oil and apply it as soon as I am out of the shower. I have been keeping this routine for a year now and have noticed a huge difference. I hope this helps someone!

Comment from: raisingthebar, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

Everyone in my family has keratosis pilaris. But while trying a gluten reduced diet, it disappeared after a couple months.

Comment from: mah, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I have had keratosis pilaris for approximately 2 years. I have severe itching on my arms, dryness of skin. I have been given a prescription called triamcinolone acetonide cream to be applied twice daily. It helps me if I would just do it!

Comment from: ThePPP, (Patient) Published: September 08

Try lactic acid lotion twice a day for 3 months and you will see a significant difference. I have had keratosis pilaris for 8 years and the lotion is the only way to cure it. I noticed the difference in the first week and then the condition didn't improve much. But then after 2 months it seemed a lot better. Red bumps have slowly turned into dark dots. And my skin is smoother and lighter. It's like severity level 8.5 down to 5.5.

Comment from: Paul, Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I am 53 and have suffered my whole life with this ugly condition. This is now I manage my keratosis pilaris: Do not burst the lumps! It only leads to long term white scars. Exfoliate. Moisturize with a urea lotion that contains no perfume. And the two last points are, the lumps look enormous to you but actually they are mostly invisible from a few feet away. They have never been an issue with anyone but myself.

Comment from: jillie jives, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I have been suffering from a skin condition on my legs, where there are itchy red bumps that never seem to clear up. I also have them on my arms. I have had this problem for 10 years. After reading about keratosis pilaris I think that is what I have. Thanks for the information.

Comment from: TAM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I've had keratosis pilaris my entire life. When I was younger I had it on my cheeks and upper arms. I have never worn a singlet or strappy dress. Now older, my cheeks aren't as bad but my arms are twice as bad. I now have it on my forearms as well as the front on my thighs. Dermatologists have given me different advice. I have tried many different things and none have worked. I gave up. Now my son and daughter have it after turning 1.

Comment from: Elle, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 18

My son has developed keratosis pilaris (KP) about 3 years ago, and I had no idea what it was. Finally I found out what it was and it turns out my husband had it all his life but his skin looks different to my son's. Anyway just wanted to add that I started giving my kids fresh carrot juice in the mornings just to boost theirs vitamins intake after winter. And I noticed how his skin started to clear up after about a week. I just realized it’s the carrot juice, funny enough main part of the carrot is the keratin, which has the same root as keratosis. I wonder if there could be a link.

Comment from: Lana, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

About 5 years ago I read a tip online that Head and Shoulders shampoo works for keratosis pilaris and it totally does! First time I left it on my arms for a few minutes then rinsed it off and had an 80 percent improvement! Skin that had been red and bumpy with the hair trapped underneath lost the redness and most of the bump, and the hair was free! Now I just do a quick shampoo in the shower every 2 to 3 months; cheap and easy. One warning; I did it first time in the summer and got a sunburn right after either as a reaction to the chemicals or because it's the first time that skin saw the light of day, so use sunscreen!

Comment from: Vinny, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I have some patches of red dots on my back, they may itch now and then, but my major problem is my face and scalp. My cause in flare up on my scalp is recently I was in the hot sun over the weekend. My scalp got sunburned and was tender. Next came the flare up and itching. Previously a dermatologist had identified my scalp with keratosis pilaris (KP), so I knew what is happening now. The itching is almost unbearable. I use mild shampoo and hair cream, but my best defense is scratching! Right or wrong it would be impossible not to scratch. It also keeps the dead skin from piling up. Along with it these breakouts are painful to touch, red, raised bumps. I find that holding an alcohol patch on top of them brings them down, repeating as necessary! It works! The best thing I can share is that, the sun is your worst enemy! The radiation dries the skin and causes you to over produce keratin. It is my belief that after your body has absorbed too much radiation, you are susceptible to sun poisoning and also flare ups of KP. For me a hat is a must and I will have this KP flare up for about 3 months before it settles down. I'm sure some of what I do is wrong but I keep trying my best. Remember, use sun block and a hat. Don't sunbathe. It's not like years ago, it's now dangerous!


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Comment from: Sara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I've had keratosis pilaris (KP) since I was little and have tried everything under the sun to clear it up. Finally I found something that works! Coconut oil! Mix with a little sugar to make your own exfoliating scrub and/or just rub on daily like a lotion and allow it to absorb. Be sure to get the unrefined all natural coconut oil - no chemicals or additives. Mine cleared up in the first few days of using this. And there are many other health and beauty uses for coconut oil. It works!

Comment from: Michelle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I also found that strong urea based creams are very effective in the treatment of my keratosis pilaris (KP). Although it says not to scrub them, I find it's also helpful to dry brush before a shower and then really lather on the cream afterwards. I still get very red when I exercise, however.

Comment from: Bexter, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I found the fastest and most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris is urea based creams of 10 to 20% strength. The difference that cream made was both rapid and almost miraculous! You can purchase it in your local drug/pharmacy store. Hope this helps you as well as it did me.


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