Top 3 Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

Health problem. Young woman scratching her itchy arm with allergy rashChicken skin. You know you have it. You can feel it on the backs of your upper arms, your thighs, and your booty. Let’s put a less icky name to it. Try keratosis pilaris on for size. That’s right, your bumpy skin has a name and is a real condition of millions of people.

“Keratosis Pilaris (KP) occurs when there is an excess of keratin protein being created by the skin,” says Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. “The keratin clogs up skin pores and the result is the bumps that we see on the surface.”

Unfortunately, there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, but there are ways to combat it and make it less noticeable. Some of the top treatments for keratosis pilaris include:

  1. Exfoliants that contain keratolytic agents such as lactic, salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acid
  2. Retinoids such as tazarotene or tretinoin
  3. Laser treatments

Exfoliants help to remove dead skin cells that can build up on the skin and block pores. The ones containing acids listed above also moisturize the skin and help retain that moisture, giving a smoother appearance. Products containing these helpful acids can be lotions or washes. “Often patients will try a combination of these products to improve results,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “However, be careful. Excessive use can also cause irritation.” If this happens, back off the frequency of use or just use one product. The exfoliation also can be done via a professional chemical peel at the dermatology office, or even with an exfoliating brush.

Retinoids need to be used with care as well. They can cause redness and irritation and you will have to carefully monitor their effects on your skin. They work similarly to the exfoliants in that they clear the dead skins cells but they also boost collagen production.

Laser treatments can be used to reduce redness and inflammation. Not everyone who has KP experiences redness and itching. SOme just have flesh-colored bumps. Laser therapy, using an intense pulsed light, can be used to treat those cases as well because the laser destroys the hair follicle, thereby, getting rid of the keratin deposits. So in either case, the laser option can be of help.

Contact Us

Treatment of keratosis pilaris often requires some maintenance. Contact us today and let one of our skilled skin care professionals help  determine which treatment regimen makes sense for you.

×
Specials
Book Online

Latest Specials & Promotions

View All
Locations
×

Book appointment by

or
  • Baton Rouge

    6411 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 - (225) 303-9500
  • Lafayette

    1245 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70508 - (337) 839-2773
  • Bee Cave & Lakeway

    3944 RR 620 S. Bldg. 6, Bee Cave, TX 78738 - (512) 366-8568
  • Old Metairie

    701 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005 - (504) 836-2050
  • Uptown

    3434 Prytania St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115 - (504) 897-5899
  • San Antonio Medical Center

    8122 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229 - (210) 616-0448
  • Poole Dermatology

    111 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70005 - (504) 838-8225
  • SBA Dermatology

    1900 Saint James Place, Houston, TX 77056 - (713) 850-0240
  • North Austin

    12319 North Mopac Expressway, Austin, Texas 78758 - (512) 837-3376
  • Central Austin

    3705 Medical Parkway, Austin, Texas 78705 - (512) 454-3781
  • Dripping Springs

    13830 Sawyer Ranch Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 - (512) 829-0009
  • Pflugerville

    1601 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Pflugerville, Texas 78660 - (512) 252-3700
  • Steiner Ranch

    5145 North FM 620 Rd, Austin, Texas 78732 - (512) 266-0007
  • Daniel A. Carrasco, MD

  • Kristy Charles, MD

  • Patricia Farris, MD

  • Kimberly Finder, MD

  • Aron Gewirtzman, MD

  • Miriam L. Hanson, MD

  • Ted Lain, MD, MBA

  • Adam J. Mamelak, MD

  • Sharon Meyer, MD

  • Melanie Pickett, MD

  • Jeffrey C. Poole, MD

  • David W. Powell, MD

  • Chad Prather, MD

  • Lynn Z. Tucker, MD

  • Mamina Turegano, MD

  • Jennifer Vickers, MD