How To Manage Keratosis Pilaris with Waters Edge Dermatology
They just feel these hard bumps on the top layer of skin. Keratosis pilaris is caused by plugs in the hair follicle, The keratinocytes, which are the proteins in the top layer of skin, form a hard shell around the hair follicle, so to speak. It’s almost thought of as chicken skin because it looks like goosebumps that just don’t go away. Typically, when patients start puberty is when they notice it more, and women after childbirth notice it. A lot of times, it has to do with patients who have an atopic history,.
In other words, a family history of it or family history of eczema or just having dry skin. Typically we’ll see them on the upper arms, that’s the most predominate place. They can also be on the face, the thighs, the buttocks and upper back. The only place it spares are the palms and soles of the feet. We don’t typically see them there. Unfortunately it’s not preventable, but there are measures to help it. The best thing to do is just basic skin care. Using a mild soap, moisturizing soap, and softening creams or moisturizing creams.
The time to see a specialist would be when you try these overthecounter products, and you’re using a mild soap, you’re using a cream to help soften the skin and there’s still a problem. A specialist may prescribe a cream with tretinoin in it, which is a vitamin A derivative, and that helps to exfoliate the skin, and some urea creams that are softening creams. And then there are also some glycolic lotions that you can only get in doctors’ offices. They’re not sold over the counter. Keratosis pilaris will always be there in different degrees, but you can certainly minimize it.